The National Franchise Exhibition

Plan your visit

Plan your visit

Getting there

By Car

Located in the middle of the UK’s motorway network and with over 16,000 parking spaces, the NEC is easily accessible by car. It is clearly signposted from all major routes, including the M42, M40 and M6 – just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC, follow signs for The National Franchise Exhibition, park up and hop on the free shuttle bus or walk along the footpaths.

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By Train

Getting to the NEC by train is easy as it’s is located a five-minute walk away from Birmingham International Railway Station.

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.

By Bus & Coach

National Express and Megabus coach services run daily from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From the airport, you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link which takes just 90 seconds.

Numerous local bus routes serve the NEC from within the West Midlands area. Visit the Transport for West Midlands website for full details.

By Air

From the airport, you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link which takes just 90 seconds.


The NEC has seven on-site hotels which are all within walking distance of the venue. There are also a number of hotels in the local area and in the city centre so you’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for a great night’s sleep. Find accommodation here >>

Opening times

Friday 4 October
10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 5 October
10:00 – 16:00


Hall 3, The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT

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