Birmingham Airport Family Travel Guide
As a continuing part of the Airport Guides, to help your journey start smoothly and calmly, I have now included Birmingham Airport. Birmingham Airport flies to over 150 destinations including Heraklion Airport in Crete – our destination this May. We opted for flying out of Birmingham as it is slightly closer now, plus regional airports are generally easier to navigate. We chose to fly with Monarch, who offer direct flights to Heraklion.
What facilities does the airport have?
- Parking ( the airport website includes lots of parking and getting there information).
- Baby change
- Shops -including Boots, Next & Spar
- Fast Track Security
- SkyZone kids area.
- Complimentary Strollers
Parking and getting there
The Birmingham Airport site has a convenient online guide for travelling through the airport. We opted to arrive by car, but Birmingham airport is conveniently linked to Birmingham International station by an air-rail link shuttle which is free and only takes two minutes. If you are considering arriving by train- have a look at the GoEuro journey planner to see the quickest and cheapest options.
For parking, there are 5 car parks on site. Car parks 1, 2, 3 are only two minutes walk from the airport. Car park 4 is five minutes away and 5 is 10 minutes walk. Car park 7 is offsite with a 15-minute shuttle bus. Other options include drop and go, which is a 1-minute walk to the terminal or valet parking which is 2-minute walk way.
SkyZone kids area
Before you head off, you may want to consider downloading this handy kids activity and fact booklet, from the airport website. It explains the whole process of being at the airport. This could be especially useful for a nervous child or autistic child.
Although the airport doesn’t have a soft play, it does have a ‘SkyZone’ in each of the terminals – one by Gate 3 in the South Lounge and one by Gate 54 in the North Lounge. Games include :
Interactive Flight Deck kiosk to test your kids flying skills
Zoom’s Reaction Station, a fun game of speed and agility
SkyZone’s big screen TV
Coordination Station interactive pod
Security Spot Check game
Fly Pads touchscreen tables
Musical Mission Pod
Additionally, for kids (5+) , there is skyzoneonline.co.uk, a digital platform full of interesting airport facts. It allows kids to explore the airport, featuring animated videos and audio files explaining the inner workings of Birmingham Airport. Kids can watch and listen before they arrive at the airport, or whilst they’re waiting for their flight in the departure lounge.
A handy tip is to follow the airport on twitter @bhx_official for up to date information – good to know if there is a temporary closure of a car park or road!
Spar & Next and M&S
if you wanted to pick up some last minute snacks or perhaps some fresh milk for your baby for the flight, there is a Spar open 24 hours. it’s located before Security on the Ground Floor of North check in area. Once you land, you can always pop into M&Sto get some supplies for the journey home too. Next also stocks kids clothes, if you need last minute emergency clothes!
Fast Track Security
The Express Lane Security pass could also help with a smoother journey. This can be pre–booked online for £3.75 per person or pay at the kiosk for £5 per person. Express Lane entry can also be purchased at the kiosks before the entrance to Express Lane Security for £5 per person. Children under 5 go free! If you need baby milk or nappies you can pre-order from Boots and collect after security in the Departure Lounge shop. Prescription medicines and baby food and milk/juice are allowed (so long as they are in a kids bottle); just take as much as you’ll need for the flight. Have a doctor’s note or prescription advice for your medicine. We used this service courtesy of Birmingham Airport and avoided longer queues.
On arrival into Birmingham Airport, strollers are available. These pushchairs are available when you get off the plane to help with your journey to the baggage hall when you can collect your luggage. We found them after a short 5 minute walk. The pushchairs are coin operated with a £1 deposit (currently the old pound coin) which is refundable at the pushchair return point located within the baggage hall.
Birmingham Airport’s website also provides useful destination guides, all the social media handles, shopping information and more!
Just some final information, luggage trolleys are free for departure but on arrival you will need to pay (£1) to use them. There is a machine at the baggage belt to pay for this service.
It was my first time flying through Birmingham Airport, and I found it a very pleasant experience. How did you find it?
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