Transport Notes

Useful Bus Services

All buses are operated by Travel West Midlands and are generally a good way to get about in terms of cheapness and frequency. Buses run from 5am-midnight and cost £1 single / £2.70 for all-day ticket. Please note, exact change only: no change given.

Purple 21 Bus: City Centre - Bartley Green via University
(embark/disembark at Vincent Drive roundabout)
Every 12-15 minutes Mon-Fri daytime
Every 20-30 minutes at other times
Green 61/62/63 Buses: City Centre - Gannow, Rednal, Rubery via Bristol Road
(embark/disembark at University South Gate, Bournbrook Road)
Every 2-3 minutes Mon-Fri daytime
Every 5-10 minutes at other times
Yellow 45/47 Buses: City Centre - Cofton Hackett, West Heath via Pershore Road
(bus access to Hotels 15, 16, 20, 24)
Every 5 minutes Mon-Fri daytime
Every 10-15 minutes at other times
Orange 11A & 11C Birmingham Outer Circle
(change at Selly Oak Station for buses to Hotels 11, 22, 23)
Every 8-10 minutes Mon- Fri daytime
Every 20 minutes at other times
Red 626/448 Buses: Harborne-University (from Quinton/West Bromwich)
Board on Lordswood Road and Harborne High Street. Embark/disembark at Vincent Drive roundabout)
Every 10 minutes daytime
Every 20 minutes at other times

A large number of buses (as well as the No. 21) serve Broad Street from the City Centre, starting at Colmore Row (Snow Hill Station), see for further details.

Useful Train Services

The University has its own train station, situated 200 yards from the Lecture Theatres and Avon Room on the west side of the campus.


Trains serve the station as part of the 'Cross-City' Lichfield City to Redditch route operated by Central Trains, and can be caught every 10-15 minutes at all times from any of the local stations (Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield). In addition, some intercity trains do call at University station from New Street - but please check before boarding, the next station stop otherwise is often Cheltenham Spa!


No journey to the University should take longer than 10 minutes.


A penalty far scheme operates, buy your ticket before boarding a train.


Prices vary around £1.50 for a single and £2.00 for a day return.


There are major taxi ranks in the City Centre on the New Street Station forecourt and Corporation Street/Stephenson Place. It is also particularly easy to flag down taxis on Broad Street/Hagley Road, and of course they can also be booked.


Some sample costs:

City Centre - University
Broad Street - University
University - Selly Park
University - Bournville/Kings Norton
  £6.00 day
£5.00 day
£2.50 day
£5.00 day
£10.00 night
£8.00 night
£4.00 night
£8.00 night


TOA Taxis
Birmingham Radio Cars
Ambassador Cars
  0121 427 8888
0121 624 2222
0121 449 8888