Getting around Birmingham city centre on foot is relatively easy, however, for anything outside of the immediate centre you will need to use the public transport system.
The main form of public transport in Birmingham is the bus. The main operator is National Express West Midlands. Single tickets: from £1.20 to £1.70 Daysaver: £3.30, valid for 1 day on National Express West Midlands. n-bus Adult One-Day Ticket: £3.60, valid for 1 day on most bus operators in the West Midlands.
Another popular way to travel around Birmingham is to use taxi cabs. Black Cabs (recommended are TOA – 0121 427 8888) are a permanent feature of Birmingham and can be hailed from the street or from a number of taxi ranks within the city – the main taxi rank is on Hurst Street at the Arcadian Centre in Birmingham city centre and at Birmingham International Interchange train station. Taxis are metered and can also be booked by telephone to arrange a pick-up from anywhere in the city.
Runs between Wolverhampton City Centre and Birmingham City Centre. Operates: Monday to Saturday 06:30-23:30 and Sunday 08:00-23:00. At peak times trams operate every 8 minutes. These are less frequent at off-peak times. Single tickets cost between £1.50 and £2.70. Return tickets cost between £2.00 and £4.00. Tickets can be purchased from the conductor onboard the tram. A number of day and day tripper options are also available – check them out at www.centro.org.uk
The West Midlands canal network is extensive, and a boat trip is the ideal way to see the sights, or recuperate from the busy city. A range of operators run cruises from key locations across the city including Gas Street Basin, International Convention Centre Quay and the National Sea Life Centre.