Birmingham sits at the heart of the English Midlands, with a strong mix of both industrial and traditional tourist attractions.
Like any reasonable sized European city, there’s no need to get a hire a car in Birmingham if you are just visiting the centre, but the chances are that you are almost certainly going to want to travel beyond this area, so what is the best way of getting around?
Birmingham has one of the most comprehensive public transport networks of any UK city outside London, and even if this is largely used by commuters heading in to the city, it is just as useful for tourists wanting to head out of Birmingham to see places like Worcester, Stratford Upon Avon or Warwick. Do I need to hire car in Birmingham? There’s certainly no need, but a hire car could still be useful, especially if you want to venture west and into Wales, where public transport links are much more sparse. But there’s more than enough to see here without needing a car.
Verdict — no
- Note — this advice is based around flying into Birmingham airport (BHX). East Midlands is an alternative airport for the area, and some of our advice for this airport overlaps with Birmingham.