Transport & travel

With Birmingham located right in the centre of the UK, and Aston located right in the centre of Birmingham, getting around couldn’t be easier.

Walking   |    Buses and metro    |    Car    |    Trains    |    Planes


If you’re living on campus, you can rely on the cheapest and most environmentally friendly form of transport there is: walking. The city centre, with its shops, galleries, theatres, bars and clubs, is just five minutes’ walk from Aston.If you're visiting Aston, why not take our Walking Tour of Birmingham.

Buses & metro

Students who live off-campus tend to use the bus to get around. Termly bus passes are available and offer good value for money. Because of our central location, many bus routes pass through or near campus.


Birmingham has excellent road links, with the M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42 within easy reach of the city centre.

Distance to major UK cities

  • Bristol – 79 miles
  • Cardiff – 90 miles
  • Edinburgh – 244
  • Leeds – 91 miles
  • Liverpool – 78 miles
  • London – 103 miles
  • Manchester – 71 miles
  • Newcastle – 173 miles
  • Nottingham – 45 miles
  • Oxford – 59 miles
  • Plymouth - 176 miles
  • Reading – 83 miles
  • Sheffield – 64 miles
  • Southampton – 113 miles

Parking on campus

Because of Birmingham’s great public transport system, and Aston’s convenient city centre location, we advise our students not to bring a car with them to university. There is no parking on campus (except when students are moving in or out of accommodation) and, as in any city, parking can be difficult and roads are busy at peak times.

We do have parking available on campus for students with disabilities.


Just 10 minutes walk from Aston is Birmingham New Street station, a major rail hub with links across the country - perfect for visiting friends or travelling home. The station has direct lines to most major cities and many local services.

Moor Street train station and Snow Hill train and metro station are also within 10 minutes walking distance of campus. 

You can check train timetables online, and don't forget that if you’re 25 or under, you’re eligible for a Young Person’s Rail Card, which can save you up to a third on train fares.

Journey times from Birmingham to major UK cities

  • Bristol – 1hour 30 minutes
  • Cardiff - 2 hours
  • Edinburgh – 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Leicester - 50 minutes
  • London - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Manchester - 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Newcastle – 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Nottingham - 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Plymouth - 3 hours 5 minutes.

By air / planes

Birmingham International Airport is a 20 minute drive or taxi ride from Aston. Several trains an hour run from Birmingham New Street Station direct to the airport and take less than 10 minutes.

The airport has flights within the UK and across Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North America.