Travel and Venue Information
The NEC is located in the heart of England and is very easy to access by road, rail and air.
Book using the NEC plus and receive a number of different perks with your trip to The Festival of Quilts, including 20% off selected Avanti West Coast advanced fares* to the event, up to 15% off Avis van or car hire, pre-paid parking includes exclusive food & drink vouchers and helpful information on the venue.
Halls 7, 8 & 9
Visitors from any direction can travel to the NEC directly using the following motorways – M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42.
The postcode for your SATNAV is B40 1NT.
The NEC has 16,500 car park spaces available. Once you’ve parked you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the halls 7, 8 and 9 using our sign posted footpaths. Please note that the North car parks are likely to be the ones used for The Festival of Quilts, all car parks are signposted.
Please note the NEC have recently increased their parking fees, so we strongly advice you book your space in advance.
Pre paid parking costs £12.00 per day. Book online up to 23:59 the day before your show to save.
Onsite parking costs £16.00 per day, or £20.00 for Express Parking.
Coach parking costs £20.00 per day and £15.00 for Mini buses.
Travel with Virgin Trains the official travel partner of the NEC and get 20% your train fare. This discount is exclusive to customers attending events at the NEC. Simply book your journey to the NEC using the link below and a 20% discount will be automatically applied to your booking. Read the full terms and conditions here.
London Midland runs frequent services to the NEC from London, the Midlands and the North West. Visit www.londonmidland.com to book train tickets for any national rail journey – there’s no fees and their ‘cheapest fare finder’ will help you get the best deal.
Many services run direct to Birmingham International. If yours doesn’t, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street. There are regular services, and the journey only takes 10-15 minutes. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations. For further information call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit the National Rail website.
Click here to see the list of local coach companies that we know that are organising a trip to The Festival of Quilts.
The NEC is just minutes away from Birmingham Airport (BHX) – which is very handy for international visitors and those on UK internal flights!
By Shuttle Bus
– the front gate of the NEC (next to the Premier Inn)
– The Holiday Inn
– The Hilton Hotel
– The Crown Plaza
– The Genting (next to the Nike store)
The shuttle drops of outside Atrium 2, opposite Hall 8.
*Must be booked 3 days in advance. Up to 20% off Avanti West Coast – price varies on time of travel and train line.