ICICS 2008

ICICS 2008 :: Travel & tourism

Visa requirements

Before you plan your travel to the UK, please check whether you need a visa. You can get visa information from the UK government's visa web site.

Conference venue

ICICS 2008 will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel. Located in the Centre of the City of Birmingham, this is a modern, luxury hotel and is one of the few in Birmingham that combines a central location for both business and leisure. The ICICS organisers are confident that all of our delegates will find the venue to be a pleasant and welcoming environment in which to learn and exchange ideas, and also relax.

Travel information

Birmingham is situated in England's central region (the Midlands) and is well served by all major forms of transport. A detailled map of the city is available here.

By air:

More than 25 scheduled airlines operate direct flights to and from Birmingham, to over 58 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Asia, and the Middle East.

A short (free) sky-rail service connects Birmingham International Airport's main terminal and Birmingham International railway station. Trains run from Birmingham International railway station to Birmingham city centre's central station (Birmingham New Street) approximately every 15 minutes, between the hours of 05:00 and 24:00.

It takes around 30 minutes by taxi to travel from Birmingham International Airport to the city centre; a journey which costs approximately 15 GBP and 20 GBP. Taxis are available from the stand outside the main terminal entrance.

If you arrive at London Heathrow Airport, the most convenient way to travel to Birmingham is to take a National Express coach from Heathrow Airport to Birmingham (Digbeth Coach Station). There is more information here about travelling by coach to / from Heathrow airport.

Local airport websites contain more information about transfers inside the UK:

By rail:

Birmingham is served by three mainline railway stations: Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill in the city centre, and Birmingham International (for the airport and NEC). The National Rail website has train timetables to help plan your journey. The main train service to London is operated by Virgin Trains and takes approximately 1.5 hours. Please note, if you are travelling to a London airport allow plenty of time to make connections to other trains in London (there is no direct train service from Birmingham to London airports).

Birmingham's mainline railway stations:

Birmingham and the West Midlands has a comprehensive suburban railway network, with most neighbourhoods having their own station. More information on this network is available from London Midland, its operator.

By road:

Birmingham lies at the intersection of four major UK motorways (M5, M6, M42, and M40). You can plan your route using RAC Route Planner or AA Route Planner.

By coach:

Birmingham's main coach station is called Digbeth Coach Station. A comprehensive service is offered to many locations inside the UK. For information on coach times and fares, please visit the National Express website. Student discounts are available on may services. For more information about these, please telephone +44(0)121 202 5099.

By taxi:

When staying in Birmingham, you may find the following telephone numbers useful should you wish to hire a taxi:

  • To hire a "black-cab": Taxi Owner's Association (TOA); +44(0)121 427 8888
  • To hire a "mini-cab": Falcon Cars; +44(0)121 603 6666

Tourism

Birmingham is a vibrant, multi-cultural city which is often reported to be the second-largest city in the UK. It has a long and interesting history and offers many leisure activities. Birmingham City Council maintains a comprehensive website about Birmingham's events and attractions.

Some places of interest:

Further afield (approximately 30 minutes by train or car):

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