Planning & Preparation

Opening Hours

Wednesday 5th June: 9.30-4:30

Thursday 6th June: 9.30-4:30

Find Us

You can find the UK Garage & Bodyshop event in Hall 6 of the NEC 

NEC Birmingham
North Avenue
Marston Green
B40 1NT

Getting to the show 

Whether you're travelling by air, rail or car, the NEC is easily accessible and in a very central location. Find out how to get to the venue, where to park and where to stay if you're extending your trip.

Dubai Metro

Getting to us by train is brilliantly easy as the NEC is located a five-minute walk away from Birmingham International Railway Station.You won’t even need to brave the elements. Direct services run all day, however 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. 

For more information visit National Rail


Located bang in the middle of the UK’s motorway network, jumping in the car is the ideal way to get to the NEC. 

You’ll find us clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your satnav anymore, look out for automechanika on our signs. Then, simply jump on our free shuttle bus or take a leisurely stroll along our signposted footpaths.  


Bus seats

Over 120 National Express and Megabus coach services run daily across the UK to Birmingham Airport.

National Express  Megabus

From Birmingham Airport 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 the West Midlands area? There are numerous options that will get you to the NEC. Check out the Network West Midland link below to plan your journey

Parking Prolight + Sound Middle East

Watch the world go by and travel in style and let someone else worry about watching the roads. We’ve teamed up with TOA Taxis to ensure a safe, friendly service is available to you 24/7 at the NEC

You can book over the phone by calling 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729, online or via their handy app. Alternatively, pick one up at the clearly marked ranks outside our main entrances. For added convenience TOA Taxis accept all major credit cards, subject to a charge of 10%+VAT.

Other Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

If you plan to arrive at the NEC using other Taxi or Private Hire provider you will be dropped off at either the Piazza drop off and pick up area or the Atrium entrance.


At the end of your visit if you choose to use TOA you can be picked up by the main entrance, or if you are being picked up by other Taxi or Private Hire provider, you will need to go to the Private Hire pick up area.  You will find one located at either the Piazza or Atrium, a short walk from the main entrances. The location of these is shown on NEC site plan.



Birmingham Airport is right on our doorstep, so it’s hardly surprising we attract 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.

Birmingham Airport