By Train

Getting to The Thrive Show by train is easy as the NEC is located less than a ten-minute walk from Birmingham International Railway Station - you won’t even need to brave the elements! Direct services run all day. If you’re travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street, which is less than a 15-minute journey away.

…and Virgin Trains are offering 25% off travel to The Thrive Show!

By Car

Located in the middle of the UK’s motorway network, jumping in the car is the ideal way to get to the NEC. In fact, 75% of the UK can reach us within a three-hour drive. Just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav and you’ll be with us in no time. You’ll find us clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6. When you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your sat nav anymore, instead follow the signs for The Thrive Show.

Parking is a doddle when you arrive, with over 16,500 parking spaces available. The helpful NEC traffic team will be on-hand to offer further guidance if you need it. Then simply jump on the free shuttle bus or take a leisurely stroll along the signposted footpaths.

By Plane

Birmingham Airport is right on our doorstep, so it’s hardly surprising the NEC attracts thousands of international visitors every year. Simply take the free and fast air-rail link to Birmingham International Railway Station located at the upper level of Terminal 1.

The train runs every two minutes and only takes 90 seconds. When you arrive just head straight through to the NEC.

By Bus

Over 120 National Express and Megabus coach services run daily across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every two minutes.

Jumping on a bus in Birmingham City Centre? You’ll want the X1 service (every 15 minutes) or the 97A (every 30 minutes). Local services also run from Solihull (966) and Coventry (900).


The NEC has over 2,500 hotel rooms on site and with the new Resorts World open the NEC is now a 24/7 leisure destination. The Hilton and Crowne Plaza Hotels are a short walk from the NEC, as is the luxury 4 star Genting Hotel. If you’re thinking of something even more special, choose one of the five-star suites, with panoramic lakeside views.

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