The height of comfort
Avoid unnecessary turbulence at the beginning of a well-deserved break by travelling by train to Birmingham International station for Birmingham Airport in less than two stress-free hours.
Birmingham Airport is one of the busiest transport hubs for UK and international flights outside of London, welcoming almost 13 million passengers in 2017. That’s a lot of excited passengers with bulky suitcases, having last-minute panics about where they put their passports. Thankfully, you can travel in comfort by train to the airport from as far away as the centre of London in a chug under two hours, giving you plenty of time to catch up on social media, emails or dive into an eBook.
From the south, there are three trains an hour from London Euston with calling points at Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile Hill, Berkswell and Hampton-In-Arden. If you can plan ahead and travel savvy outside of peak hours, a day single costs from just £7. Journey time is approximately two hours.
Generous overhead luggage bins accommodate more than 30 carry-on suitcases per carriage, but larger and heavier bags will need to be left in vestibules to prevent potential injury if something falls in transit. Depending on the carriage seating layout, you might be able to slide larger suitcases snugly into the triangular spaces between back-to-back seats.
Just the start we all want for a well-deserved break. Turn left for the Air-Rail Link monorail system, which provides free transfer to the main airport building. A large digital screen positioned overhead ticks down to the arrival of the next service and two fat arrows beneath the timer helpfully indicate which platform the next train will pull into.
If you’re using the monorail to the airport in the morning, the sun rises behind the train so the rear carriage will be warmer for the 100 seconds it takes to reach the Departures lounge, accompanied by a jaunty orchestral jingle when the train first moves off.
There is also a Game Deck room of arcade machines, not that you will have any stress to alleviate after your train journey to Birmingham International, and a Ritazza coffee shop. Downstairs is another coffee shop and a bureau de change.