Solar & Storage Live 2017 will be held in Hall 3 of The NEC. Download the maps for the NEC by following the links below:

Visiting the NEC

Welcome to the NEC. Our aim is to be great hosts and to ensure that you have a brilliant experience from start to finish. Team NEC will make sure everything goes smoothly.

Getting to the NEC

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.

The postcode = B40 1NT


From 5 October 2018, the price for exhibition visitors who choose to pay for car-parking on the day of their event is £16. For those who pay online in advance, we are holding the current £12 price. Visitors that pay online will also receive exclusive food and beverage discounts and offers they can use whilst at the venue.

Visit NEC website for more details.

Please note, the above pricing relates to visitors only –  all exhibitors will receive free parking passes.

By train

The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside!

The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, and 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, up to 9 times per hour, 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 website.

By plane

The NEC is just minutes away from Birmingham Airport (BHX) – which is very handy for international visitors and those on UK internal flights!

From the airport, simply take the free and fast Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International railway station and then it’s just a minute walk the to the NEC entrance.

The Air-Rail Link runs every 2 minutes and takes just 90 seconds to reach the NEC. It leaves the airport from the upper level of Terminal 1, and operates daily between 0515am and 0200am.

For further information visit Birmingham Airport website.

By Bus & Coach

National Express coaches run services between Digbeth coach station, near Birmingham city centre, to Birmingham Airport. From the airport you can get to the NEC in minutes.

Birmingham New Street station is approx. 11 minutes walk from Digbeth coach station.

The NEC is approximately 10 miles by taxi from the coach station at Digbeth.

There are also buses from Digbeth via Moor Street Bus/Rail Interchange (also in Birmingham city centre): the 900 local bus service runs every 20 minutes during the day, journey time approximately 30 minutes.

Food & Drink

During a busy day, having a break and enjoying some excellent food and drink is all part of making your NEC visit a great experience.  Whether you’re visiting on business and need to get the most out of your day or having a leisurely time with friends and family, quality food can make all the difference.

Visit the restaurants and takeaways located within the main halls, including The Oak Kitchen in Hall 5 and The Damn Fine Sandwich Company. Or choose from the well-known brands you can find on site, such as Starbucks, Subway, J.D. Wetherspoon, Presto and Jimmy Spices.

The NEC’s sister company, Amadeus, have been providing award winning catering at the NEC for over 36 years and have amassed over 600 awards in the catering industry.


The NEC is superbly equipped for visitors, with facilities to meet all your needs and to make your visit a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Facilities include:

To find out more, and for downloadable maps, please visit NEC website.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please call the NEC on +44 (0)121 780 4141 or email them.

Genting Arena

One of the leading entertainment venues in the world is right on our doorstep. The Genting Arena hosts world class music, sport and comedy events. Find out what’s on during your show, and visit their website.