How early to arrive at Birmingham airport?

When you are departing from Birmingham airport you should be checked-in and ready to go through airport security approximately 2 hours before takeoff. This does not take into account the time needed to:

  • drive to the airport

  • get from the parking to the terminal

  • actual check in time 

Check in for international flights can take longer because of additional security or procedures. The time it takes to get from the parking to the airport depends if you chose to park and ride or meet and greet parking at Birmingham airport.

Park and Ride 

If you chose our Birmingham Park and Ride parking option you have to take the time it takes to get from the parking to the airport into account. Upon arrival at the parking a shuttle bus will be ready to take you to the airport. The shuttle either departs on a schedule or upon request. This will be specified on the web page of your parking provider. The ride to the airport usually takes between 10-20 minutes, you can find the transfer time on the web page of your parking provider.

Meet and Greet 

Save time with Birmingham Meet and Greet parking. With this option you will drive straight to the airport terminal where a valet will park your car for you. This means that there is no transfer time. We recommend to always call your valet shortly before your arrival to confirm your arrival time. 

International flights

Flights to international destinations often have additional security measures or procedures. If you are not sure this applies to you,it is always possible to check with your airline. For international flights we recommend you to check in 3 hours prior to departure. 

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