6-9 March 2025, The NEC Birmingham

How to get to Crufts

Not sure how you are going to get to Crufts? Have your plans changed and do you need to look at a new route? We have everything covered in this section on the different ways you can get to the NEC. 

The NEC is served by the M6 and M42 motorways and there are extensive car parking facilities on site. For the convenience of the public, shuttle buses operate from the carparks to the main entrance. 

For satnav users the NEC postcode is B40 1NT.

Please note that parking charges at the NEC per day (payable on the day) are:

  • Cars - £17.95
  • Minibuses - £21.50
  • Coaches - £29.95

If you prepay for your car parking in advance, cars are charged at £12.95. 

Download map of the car park

Travel notice

Please plan your journey, allow extra time and follow the diversion signage where required. For all the latest road travel information, please double-check the National Highways website and follow @HighwaysWMIDS on Twitter.

Running down the very backbone of England, London Northwestern Railway connects the economic powerhouses of London and the North West with the West Midlands. Tickets booked in advance offer the greatest saving, with London to Birmingham from £7.50 when booked in advance.


West Midlands Railway also offers a simple solution for those overseas visitors that may wish to explore the West Midlands region whilst they’re here. With direct links to the rural locations of Shrewsbury, Hereford and the historical Stratford Upon Avon, why not explore all that the midlands has to offer?

If you wish to travel with your dog then why not check out our handy guide to train travel with your dog

With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, your dog stays with you in the comfort of your car for the speedy 35-minute crossing to Folkestone. It is no wonder 68% of pets coming into the UK choose this stress-free way to travel*.

With its direct motorway links, you will be on your way to the NEC in Birmingham as soon as you drive off the shuttle in the UK. Let your beloved dog join the 1 million happy pets who have already travelled with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle! For more information visit: www.eurotunnel.com/pets or call their contact centre: 08443 35 35 35 (UK) 0810 63 03 04 (France) 070 22 32 10 (Belgium).

*Defra statistics correct as of 2013

The NEC is the busiest exhibition centre in Europe, hosting over 160 consumer and trade events and over 500 conferences and special events. It is located a short 15-minute walk from the airport via the Air-Rail Link and Birmingham International station.

Whether you are arriving from the island of Ireland, via France, The Netherlands or Spain, ferry services will link you directly to motorway links to get you on your way to the NEC in Birmingham. Choose from a variety of dog accommodation options depending on the service that you sail on. Make your dog comfortable in your own vehicle for the duration of the crossing, check your dog into the onboard kennels, or accompany your dog into the pet lounge. For longer crossings consider a pet cabin, though these sell out quickly so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Find more information on taking your dog on the ferry by operator.