Representatives are encouraged to travel by public transport and to book their tickets as early as possible, in order to keep the Conference's travel costs to a minimum. Birmingham International is the nearest railway station and the Hilton Birmingham Metropole is a 10-15 minute walk from there, through the NEC and the surrounding gardens. There is a courtesy bus from the station to the hotel, which can be booked on arrival at the station. The bus runs every 30 minutes.
For those arriving by air, Birmingham International airport is 10 minutes from the hotel by taxi. Alternatively, representatives should take the monorail to the railway station and then book a place on the courtesy bus.
These websites will help you to plan a car-free Conference:
Walking route from the station
Directions from Walkit.com. You can make this route even quicker by taking the short cut between the main footpath to the back of the hotel - shown on the map as a white path close to point "B". The hotel entrance is clearly marked and, once inside, you will find the Conference area, including the registration desk, to your left and the hotel reception, where you can check in, to your right.
If you are a Conference representative who is resident at the hotel, you should recently have received information about how to pre-register your car so as to qualify for the reduced parking charge available to residents only.