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    Car Hire at Birmingham New Street Train Station - Gateway to the Midlands

    First opened in 1854, Birmingham New Street Train Station is the largest of the city's three main railway stations and a central hub of the British railway network. Besdes local and suburban services in the West Midlands region, it is a major destination for regular services from London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Named after New Street, the city's main arterial thoroughfare running adjacent to the station, it is the fifth-busiest railway station in the United Kingdom and the busiest outside London with around 46.5 million passenger movements a year.

    Modern, efficient and recently refurbished, Birmingham New Street Train Station boasts an excellent location right in the heart of the city centre. Its ease of use is further facilitated by the fact that the part of the station is situated below street level, enabling trains to travel through tunnels beneath the city centre in order to access the station. The station also shares its location with a very large multi-faceted shopping centre called Grand Central which allows passengers to dine, shop and completely relax before and after their journeys in the vibrant metropolis of Birmingham, one of England's largest cities.

    Birmingham ranks as one of Great Britain's most interesting places to visit, a fact that has much to do with its longlasting industrial heritage. The inner city revolves around the pedestrian-friendly Victoria Square, the centre-piece of which is the imposing Town Hall, a masterpiece of Victorian architecture. Opened in 1885, the amazing Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has archaeological finds dating back to the Stone Age, as well as a rare collection of works by some of the most prolific Pre-Raphaelite painters. And families with young children won't want to miss the interestingly-named Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum where key exhibits include authentic World War II aircraft and an impressive collection of steam-powered machines.

    With a car hire from Birmingham New Street Train Station you can also get a taste of Cadbury World, home to the world-famous Bournville chocolate (a must for the kids) before visiting the excellent Black Country Living Museum in the nearby town of Dudley. The long list of other fascinating places to see within easy reach of Birmingham includes Ironbridge (birthplace of the Industrial Revolution) and the Malvern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Less than an hour's drive south of Birmingham lies the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon where William Shakespeare was born in 1564. Many of the houses associated with the great playwright, poet and actor have been well preserved and are open to visitors.

    As one of the world's leading car rental companies, Auto Europe has established strong working relationships with the industry's most important car hire suppliers. We are constantly striving to find our many clients the best-possible deal for their trip to Birmingham and elswhere in Great Britain. For more info or help with your booking, please do not hesitate to call our rental specialists on +44 123 3225 114 and they will be happy to assist you and find you the best deal. Through our state-of-the-art booking engine, you can select your vehicle and supplier in a few easy steps at New Street Train Station and all other parts of the city, including Birmingham Airport. For added peace of mind, please visit our Birmingham car hire reviews page to see what other Auto Europe customers thought about their car hire experience in the city.

    For help getting around the West Midlands and other parts of the country by car, please also consult our Driving in the UK page for advice on local age restrictions, driving distances, road rules, motorway tolls, etc.

    Station Information

    With its functional and somewhat futuristic design, Birmingham New Street Station is an important transport hub and a key feature of the city's architectural landscape. It has a large atrium built over its huge passenger concourse which is five times larger than the equivalent of Lonfon Euston Train Station and covers the same area as a professional football pitch. Occupying an important position in downtown Birmingham, and handling a large amount of traffic (on an average weekday some 170,000 passengers use the station), New Street Station provides the first impression of Birmingham to a large influx of visitors to the Midlands. It is the busiest station outside London and the busiest interchange station in the country.


    Where to pick up my car hire at Birmingham New Street Train Station

    There's plenty of choice for people looking to pick up a car rental at Birmingham New Street Train Station. Many of the world's most prestigious car hire companies are located near the station, including Europcar and Hertz, with their offices and pick-up points in close proximity. Please make sure you have all the necessary doscuments with you, including your passport, driving licence, credit card and Auto Europe booking voucher.

    Europcar Car Hire at Birmingham New Street Train Station Europcar at Birmingham New Street Train Station
    1 Miller Street
    Birmingham, England B6 4NF
    +44 371 384 3476
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
    Sat 8am-1pm (closed Sun)
    Hertz Car Hire at Birmingham New Street Train Station Hertz at Birmingham New Street Train Station
    40 Upper Gough Street
    Birmingham, England B1 1JL
    +44 121 285 0310
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
    Sat 9am-1pm (closed Sun)

    Station facilities

    Birmingham New Street Train Station is divided into four parts - the main concourse and the three ‘lounges’ (Blue, Yellow and Red). The main concourse is, in effect, the ground level of the Grand Central shopping mall with the ticket office on one side beneath the main departure board. The station has more than twenty shops and eating establishments located on its premises, including Boots the chemist, Nero and Costa (coffee houses), Marks and Spencer, Starbucks, The Body Shop and WH Smith. Besides three water refill points in each waiting lounge, there are photo booths situated opposite WH Smiths and Marks and Spencer, as well as another one located on the eastern walkway. Pay-as-you-go wireless Internet access is also available throughout the station and there's seating on the concourse with USB charging ports. Help for passengers with limited mobility is available at the main reception located next to the Hill Street entrance, plus there's an accessible toilet on the eastern concourse before the ticket barrier. Assistance staff have access to wheelchairs for use around the station.

    How to get to and from Birmingham New Street station

    Located in the heart of the city centre, you'll find that picking up or dropping off your car hire at Birmingham New Street Train Station is a relatively easy process. Station access is via Smallbrook Queensway and you can pick up or set down passengers outside the entrance off Hill Street. There are nearby bus stops on Smallbrook Queensway and Hill Street, plus the station is served by the West Midlands Metro tram system from the adjacent Grand Central tram stop outside the station's main entrance on Stephenson Street. The taxi rank on Navigation St (Stephenson St/Victoria Sq exit) is accessible from the exit by Hema or from the Bullring entrance side of the station.

    Parking tips

    It is possible to rent a car at Birmingham New Street Train Station and park it locally for the day while you go sightseeing (many of the city's top attractions are close by). There are around forty spaces available in the station's dedicated short-stay car park which is open 24/7 and operates with round-the-clock security. Other car parks located within a five-minute walk of the station include the Town Hall multi-storey car park (located on Brunel Street/Navigation Street) and NCP Albany Car Park at St Judes Passage. Both are large and have planty of spaces available.

    Useful links

    Official Website of Birmingham New Street Train Station