Smart Home Expo logo

17 & 18 MARCH 2020

NEC, BIRMINGHAM

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How to get to Smart Home for Connected & Assisted Living

The show is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Local Hotels

We’ve partnered up with specialist accommodation agency Event Express to provide discounted hotel accommodation and flexible cancellation policies exclusively for the Smart Home Expo attendees. If you’re unsure of your requirements at this stage, the flexible cancellation terms will allow you to make amendments and cancellations at no charge until closer to the event date. However, we do advise that you book now and amend later in order to guarantee your preferred hotel.

The Event Express service is completely free to use with no hidden charges and no booking or transaction fees, and the friendly reservations team will liaise with the hotels directly on your behalf. For more information, please contact Event Express directly via reservations@eventexpressuk.com or on +44 (0)1905 732 737, or alternatively click here to book your accommodation online.

Introducing NEC Plus

NEC PLUS helps you plan your day in advance, bringing together a package of offers, discounts and information, at no extra cost:

  • 20% off Virgin train travel
  • Up to 15% off Avis car or van hire
  • Exclusive savings at Resorts World with the new VIP card
  • Pre-paid parking with discounted rates and exclusive food & drink offers
  • Helpful information on the venue and the wider Campus

For more information click here.

How to Get There

-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. In fact, 75% of the UK can get to the NEC within a 3 hour drive.

Postcode: B40 1NT

Car Parking Options

With 16,500 spaces available we've got plenty of room for you. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by our traffic team to get you to the right car park area for your event. A parking fee of £16 per day applies, unless you are a Blue Badge holder. This is payable by cash or card.

Blue badge holders are not charged for parking. There are no allocated parking bays - please use Hall 16, then overflow to Hall 17 which is located by Atrium 4. Blue badge holders must display their badges in their car windows. Please note that The Piazza and Atrium main entrances have automatic doors and there will be additional user-friendly disabled services available.

-By Rail

Direct services run all day, however if you’re travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street, which is less than a 15-minute journey away.

There is a Shuttle Bus running from the Birmingham International Rail station to the NEC venue entrance. The Shuttle Bus will run throughout the whole event.

The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, and is 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, 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 National Rail or Network West Midlands.

-By Bus & Coach

Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every two minutes. Jumping on a bus in Birmingham City Centre? You’ll want the X1 service (every 15 minutes) or the 97A (every 30 minutes).

Local bus services also run every 30 mins throughout the day to Solihull (service 966) and Coventry (service 900).

-By Taxi

NEC has teamed up with TOA Taxis to ensure a safe, friendly service is available to you 24/7 at the NEC

You can book over the phone by calling 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729, online or via their handy app. Alternatively, pick one up at the clearly marked ranks outside the NEC main entrances. For added convenience TOA Taxis accept all major credit cards, subject to a charge of 10%+VAT.

Other Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

If you plan to arrive at the NEC using other Taxi or Private Hire provider you will be dropped off at either the Piazza drop off and pick up area or the Atrium entrance.

At the end of your visit if you choose to use TOA you can be picked up by the main entrance, or if you are being picked up by other Taxi or Private Hire provider, you will need to go to the Private Hire pick up area. You will find one located at either the Piazza or Atrium, a short walk from the main entrances. The location of these is shown on the NEC site plan (PH).

If you are a disabled visitor please visit the dedicated page.

Other Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

If you plan to arrive at the NEC using other Taxi or Private Hire provider you will be dropped off at either the Piazza drop off and pick up area or the Atrium entrance.

At the end of your visit if you choose to use TOA you can be picked up by the main entrance, or if you are being picked up by other Taxi or Private Hire provider, you will need to go to the Private Hire pick up area. You will find one located at either the Piazza or Atrium, a short walk from the main entrances. The location of these is shown on the NEC site plan (PH).

If you are a disabled visitor please visit the dedicated page.

Mobility Equipment Hire at the NEC

Wheelchairs are available free of charge for blue badge holders and £5 for all other visitors. The number of wheelchairs we have available is limited, so if you've got your own, please bring it with you.

There is a limited number of electronic scooters available to pre-book through Bartrams for a small cost. There will also be a limited number electric scooters available on a first come first served basis available at the NEC. These will be free of charge, but availability is limited. So we strongly advise to bring your own if you can.

Disabled Facilities at the NEC

Accessible toilets are available across the venue. A Changing Places toilet is also available in the Hall 20 Atrium area. It provides more space for up to 2 carers - and extra features to meet additional needs, including height adjustable adult-sized changing benches and a hoist system. For more details visit Changing Places.

More information and maps can be found on the NEC website: www.thenec.co.uk/visiting-us/getting-here