Lab Innovations 2013

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
06 - 07 November 2013

Discovering innovation at the heart of the laboratory industries

The Pavilion



B40 1NT

Tel: +44 (0)12 1780 4141


Visiting the NEC

Welcome to the NEC. Their aim is to be great hosts and to ensure that you have a brilliant experience from start to finish. Team NEC will make sure everything goes smoothly.


Getting to the NEC

By car

The NEC is in the perfect location for car travel – 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network.

The postcode = B40 1NT


With 16,500 spaces available the NEC has got plenty of room for you. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by the NEC traffic team to get you to the right car park area for your event. Once you’ve parked you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the hall using the sign posted footpaths.

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By train

The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside! 

The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, and clearly signposted.

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, up to 9 times per hour, 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

By plane

The NEC is just minutes away from Birmingham Airport (BHX) – which is very handy for international visitors and those on UK internal flights!

From the airport, simply take the free and fast Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International railway station and then it’s just a minute walk the to the NEC entrance.

The Air-Rail Link runs every 2 minutes and takes just 90 seconds to reach the NEC. It leaves the airport from the upper level of Terminal 1, and operates daily between 0515am and 0200am.

For further information:


By bus & coach

National Express coaches run services between Digbeth coach station, near Birmingham city centre, to Birmingham Airport. From the airport you can get to the NEC in minutes.

Birmingham New Street station is approx. 11 minutes walk from Digbeth coach station.

The NEC is approximately 10 miles by taxi from the coach station at Digbeth. 

There are also buses from Digbeth via Moor Street Bus/Rail Interchange (also in Birmingham city centre): the 900 local bus service runs every 20 minutes during the day,  journey time approximately 30 minutes. 


The NEC is superbly equipped for visitors, with facilities to meet all your needs and to make your visit a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Facilities include:

  • Car parking
  • Cloak rooms & lost property
  • Disables facilities & mobility equipment
  • International trade promotion centre
  • Pay phones, post boxes and mobile charging
  • Shuttle buses & taxis
  • Toilets, changing places & baby facilities
  • WiFi

To find out more, and for downloadable maps, please visit:

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please call the NEC on +44 (0)121 780 4141 or email them via: