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Planning your visit to the National Franchise eXHIBITION

Opening times

Friday 7 October | 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 8 October | 10:00 - 16:00


Hall 9
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
B40 1NT

Travelling to the NEC

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 shuttlebus or walk along the footpaths. 

Save time and money by pre-paying for your parking online - discounts available up until 11.59pm the day before your visit! Book your parking place >>

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. 

Ticket prices:

Tickets are FREE! Pre-book online now >> 

Tickets are free and availble now, make sure to pre-book for fast-track entry to the exhibition. 

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