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Birmingham Airport is four miles from downtown; call Yellow Cabs (around $22) on t 205/252-1131. The Greyhound station lies on 19th Street N, between Sixth and Seventh avenues – a rough area – while Amtrak pulls in downtown at 1819 Morris Ave. The visitor centre is just off I-20/59 at 2200 Ninth Ave N (Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm; t 205/458-8000, w Birmingham has two free listings magazines: The Birmingham Weekly (w and the Black and White (w Although downtown hotels are pricier than the chains near the highway, they’re more characterful and many offer special rates at the weekend, when downtown gets deserted.

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