Fly To Birmingham, Alabama
The largest city in the state of Alabama, Birmingham has a history that is as diverse as its culture. Despite its stumbles, the city has become a symbol of cultural diversity. It is considered one of the last major cities with truly Southern heart and hospitality.
Birmingham has a lot to offer to visitors who want to experience the checkered history of the state and even the country. The city’s museums offer visitors a genuine insight into the history of this part of the country. History aside, Birmingham is one place where you can experience genuine Southern hospitality without missing the cultural diversity of a big city. Whether you're into the history of the Civil Rights movement, a fan of jazz music or just looking for culture and a few fun activities for the family, Sweet Birmingham is a city waiting to be explored.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Birmingham, Alabama do require a Visa for the United States. You can apply for one at the US embassies in Cape Town, Durban, or Johannesburg. Ensure your South African Passport is valid for 6 months beyond date of return with at least 2 blank pages available.
- The South African Honorary Consulate in Kansas/Missouri can be contacted on +1-913-649-3578. The nearest SA Embassy is at 3400 International Drive, NW, Washington DC, 20008. Phone: +1 202 2324400. Website: saembassy.org.
See and do
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum: This one-of-a-kind museum is located in a dedicated park in Leeds and is the largest motorsports museum in the world with over 1200 motorcycles and racecars. The oldest model vehicle is from 1902, and the museum has the largest collection of cars by Lotus and other significant brands. The museum is surrounded by the sprawling Barber Motorsports Park as well as a world-class racetrack.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute: This museum uses audio, video, and incredible photography to show the history of racial segregation in the state and the way in which the city of Birmingham struggled with the issue for decades. It does not shy away from showing the shocking actions of the city’s people during a confusing and difficult time. The museum shows other aspects of the city’s history as well, such as the tragic Baptist Church bombing of 1963.
Birmingham Museum of Art: This museum shows the work of some of the greatest creative minds of the past. There are exhibits by artists and sculptors from around the world including Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The sculpture garden itself has the works of Botero, Dali, and Rodin on display for everyone to admire.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport – BHM
Conveniently located about 8km from downtown Birmingham, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport is the largest airport serving the state of Alabama. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal.
Food and beverage: Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, The Great American Bagel, Jim’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Birmingham Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Redmont Hotel, Hampton Inn, Sheraton Birmingham.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National.
Airport Hub: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (code BHM) is a hub for AirMed International.