Public transport

The University benefits from excellent public transport links that provide access to numerous destinations across the UK.

Save money on travel by public transport!

The University offers interest free season ticket loans to benefit members of staff who use public transport to commute to work. For example, 25% off the cost of a full price annual bus pass to encourage staff to use the bus instead of driving. Visit the University's finance office for further information on current prices and discounts available for annual travel passes.

A live public transport travel information map is available so you can easily check what time your bus or train is due to arrive simply by entering either your home or University postcode (B15 2TT).


The University of Birmingham is the only UK university with its own railway station on campus, known as ‘University Station’.

The Station is a great asset to the University making travel by train a convenient option being only two stops (8 minutes) away from Birmingham New Street where links are available to many locations across the country.

For all timetable information visit National Rail.

The station is one of the busiest in the region so can get crowded at peak times so where possible please utilise the additional machine in University centre.  London Midland have recently employed more staff to manage the queues and the machines now accept contactless payment which should decrease waiting times further.

Additional ticket machines in University Centre and Murray Learning Centre

You can now avoid the queues at University station and purchase your train tickets and collect prebooked tickets at the vending machine in University Centre, next to Spar. Find out more about the train ticket vending machine.

An additional ticket machine has now been installed in the Murray Learning Centre (R28 on the campus map).  The machine is located in the entrance foyer of the building.

Park and ride

There are a number of local train stations that provide car parking and direct links to University Station.

From the South:

Selly Oak (2 minute train journey from the University) 
Kings Norton (7 minutes) 
Northfield (9 minutes) 
Barnt Green (16 minutes) 
Alvechurch (22 minutes) 
Bromsgrove (17 minutes) 
Redditch (27 minutes)

From the North:

Wylde Green (27 minutes) 
Sutton Coldfield (30 minutes) 
Four Oaks (33 minutes) 
Blake Street (38 minutes) 
Shenstone (42 minutes) 
Lichfield City (47 minutes) 
Lichfield Trent Valley (49 minutes)


National Express have recently changed a number of services in the south of the city including services that serve the main University of Birmingham campus.  More detail on these changes can be found on their website: 


In total there are eight local services (1A, 61, 63, X64, 76, X20, X21, X22 ) that directly serve the University and also provide links to the City Centre, local train stations and residential areas including Solihull, Kings Heath, Kings Norton, Harborne, Bearwood and Cotteridge.

Click the image to be taken to the National Express page to view this map in more detail. 

South Birmingham map capture

For further information on the full range of bus services available or to help plan your journey please use the Network West Midlands journey planner or contact National Express West Midlands.

Visit National Express for more information on all timetables and ticket details.

Download the National Express App for real time bus information at the palm of your hands.


National Express have recently introduced their 'M Ticket' app which enables you to buy bus travel direcetly on your phone and eliminates the need for correct change and paper tickets.  Download the app, buy your ticket and just show your phone to the driver! Click here for more information.

 Shuttle Bus Services


A free shuttle bus service operates during term time (Mon-Fri) between the Edgbaston and Selly Oak Campus for staff and students whose work and study requires them to be at both sites across the course of the day/week and into the early evening.

 The  timetable can be viewed here.

Please note:

  • This is a free service on production of your student or staff ID card. 
  • This is a limited stop service and the bus will only stop at the designated stops on the timetable.


The Midland Metro serves 23 stops and operates from Wolverhampton to Birmingham City Centre where you can catch bus or train connections to the University.

New £1 bus fare for staff and students

As of Sunday 25th June University of Birmingham staff and students can access special £1 fares between Selly Oak and the city centre.  Check the NX page for more detail: 

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Student bus passes

If you are going to be travelling regularly by bus whilst studying at University of Birmingham it makes sense to buy a student bus pass.  These can be bought for 1 or 3 terms.  Buying this way can mean travelling for £1.25 a day.  Lots more information on the National Express West Midlands website.  



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