Transportation in Birmingham

Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping)?

Many people do drive to work in Birmingham. However, please be aware of parking restrictions. There is a good public transport system also.

How can I legally drive a vehicle in Birmingham?

EU members and those from commonwealth countries can exchange licenses on arrival in the UK. Within a year of arriving in the UK, American citizens will need to take a driving test through the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to obtain a license and insurance - which are legal requirements for driving.

What side of the road do people drive on?

On the left.

Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around Birmingham.

It is easy to get around Birmingham by bus or train.

Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.

Yes, there are frequent coaches/buses and trains to other locations in the UK - in addition to the areas surrounding Birmingham.

In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?

No, although it is wise to be aware that pickpockets operate in public transport areas.

Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?

For the train, you can obtain tickets at the station. You may also buy train and bus tickets at local newsagents, online or at tourist information offices. Weekly and monthly travel cards are also available for regular commuters.
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