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Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 21 Jun

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Birmingham to Edinburgh is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
08:074h13
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
12:20Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£861One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
08:035h02
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
13:05Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£1391One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
08:284h37
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
13:05Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£1691One-way
1 change
Cross Country
09:035h06
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:09Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£1691One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
10:014h18
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:19Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£1841One-way
1 change

Train timetableBirmingham to Edinburgh

Showing trains for tomorrow, Friday, 21 June
Cross Country
08:035h02
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
13:05Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:074h13
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
12:20Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 changes
Cross Country
08:284h37
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
13:05Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
1 change
Cross Country
09:035h06
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:09Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
10:014h18
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:19Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
1 change

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Train times from Birmingham to Edinburgh

Showing times and prices for 21 Jun

Fastest Journey

4 h 13 m

Average

4 h 39 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

395 km

Of the 5 trains that leave Birmingham for Edinburgh every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Avanti West Coast
08:074h13
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
12:20Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£861One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
10:014h18
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:19Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£1841One-way
1 change
Cross Country
08:284h37
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
13:05Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£1691One-way
1 change
Cross Country
08:035h02
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
13:05Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£1391One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
09:035h06
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:09Edinburgh Waverley (EDB)
£1691One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Birmingham to Edinburgh

distanceDistance244 miles
durationAverage train duration4 h 11 min
priceAverage train ticket price£121 (€136)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 13 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersVirgin Trains, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express or East Coast

Trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh cover the 244 miles long route taking on average 4 h 11 min with our travel partners like Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express or East Coast. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £52, but the average price of train tickets is £121. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Edinburgh Waverley.

Train companies: Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express trains Birmingham to Edinburgh

For as little as £52 you can travel by train to Edinburgh from Birmingham with Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this route.

Avanti West Coast is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates high-speed trains between London and major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The company offers a range of ticket types, including Standard, First Class and Advance tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drinks. The most popular routes for Avanti West Coast are London to Birmingham, London to Manchester and London to Glasgow. The company operates a fleet of Pendolino and Super Voyager trains, which offer a smooth and comfortable journey.

Birmingham to Edinburgh train information with Virgin Trains:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 11 min
  • Cheapest Price: £52
  • Virgin Trains frequency: 8 a day

Trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh

Trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh depart multiple times an hour throughout the day. Three train providers travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh, including Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express and CrossCountry. Your departure train station in Birmingham is Birmingham New Street train station. Your arrival train station in Edinburgh is Edinburgh Waverley train station. The duration of the journey to Edinburgh from Birmingham is between 4 hours and 6 hours. There are both direct and indirect routes from Birmingham to Edinburgh.

Birmingham to Edinburgh Train Time: Daily Departures

Multiple trains depart each hour to Edinburgh from Birmingham. On average, trains depart one to three times an hour. The earliest train departs from Birmingham at around 06:03 and arrives in Edinburgh at approximately 11:06. The last train of the day departs at approximately 19:15 and arrives at around 00:37 in Edinburgh.

How long is the journey by train from Birmingham to Edinburgh?

The journey from Birmingham to Edinburgh takes between 4h and 6h. The fastest train of the day is provided by Avanti West Coast train service. During the day, there are multiple trains that take approximately 4h 03min to reach Edinburgh from Birmingham. The fastest trains do not include any changeovers.

Girl sitting on a guardian in Birmingham. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh?

Departure train station: Birmingham New Street train station is your departure train station to Edinburgh from Birmingham. Getting from the city centre to Birmingham New Street can be done by travelling via bus or taxi. The distance to the city centre is approximately 6 miles (9 km) from Birmingham New Street train station. You can catch Bus 16 in the city centre from Priory Queensway bus stop. This will take you to the train station; get off at the Station Street bus stop. Some of the amenities and services you will find at Birmingham New Street train station include waiting rooms, convenience shops, cafes, restaurants, cash machines and disability assistance.

Arrival train station: Edinburgh Waverley train station is your arrival train station for trains travelling from Birmingham to Edinburgh. Edinburgh Waverley train station is located in the heart of the city centre. Amenities and services at this train station include cash machines, bathrooms, car hire facilities, cafes, restaurants, convenience shops and ticket offices.

Which train companies travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh?

There are three train companies that travel to Edinburgh from Birmingham. These train providers include Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express and CrossCountry. Avanti West Coast provides both the fastest and slowest trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh. TransPennine Express provides the second-fastest trains, which include one change on the way. CrossCountry provides, on average, one train route an hour from Birmingham to Edinburgh; this rail service has routes that are direct and indirect.

Night trains Edinburgh

There are currently no night trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh. The latest train departs from Birmingham New Street, in Birmingham, at around 19:15 and arrives at Edinburgh Waverley at around 00:37, in Edinburgh. This train route includes two changes; the first change is in Motherwell, and the second is in Bellshill.

Avanti West Coast trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh

Avanti West Coast offers multiple trains a day from Birmingham to Edinburgh. Their first train of the day departs from Birmingham New Street at about 06:15 and arrives at roughly 10:18 at Edinburgh Waverley. This train route does not include any changes. The last train of the day usually departs from Birmingham at 19:15 and arrives at roughly 00:37 in Edinburgh. This route includes two changes.

TransPennine Express trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh

TransPennine Express offers, on average, one train every 2h each day. The first train from TransPennine Express departs Birmingham at around 07:15 and arrives at approximately 11:38 in Edinburgh. The last train departs from Birmingham New Street train station at approximately 17:15 and arrives at around 21:40 in Edinburgh. Trains from TransPennine Express include one change during the route, in Preston. These trains take roughly between 4h 15min and 4h 30min to reach Edinburgh from Birmingham.

CrossCountry trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh

CrossCountry operates trains throughout the day from Birmingham to Edinburgh. Their first train departs from Birmingham New Street train station at approximately 06:03 and arrives at 11:06 at Edinburgh Waverley train station. The last train departs from Birmingham at around 18:03 and arrives at approximately 23:03 in Edinburgh. CrossCountry trains mainly travel directly to Edinburgh from Birmingham; however, some trains require one change. The travel time on CrossCountry trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh is between 4h 52min and 5h 10min.

Trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh: Sustainability travel

Choosing to travel with Avanti West Coast means you will be travelling via a train provider that cares for sustainable travel. This train company has set a goal to achieve zero net emissions by 2031. CrossCountry also has plans in place for sustainable travel and aims to promote effective fuel consumption, encourage the use of public transport and efficiently use water and electricity.

Train Birmingham to Edinburgh: Services on Board

There are many services onboard trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh. Travelling with Avanti West Coast means you will have access to business and first-class tickets, power points, disability assistance and onboard entertainment. Luggage has specific luggage areas on the train, with no bag exceeding 11 x 27 x 35 in (30 x 70 x 90 cm). If you want to take your bike with you, you will need to book a spot for it when you book your ticket. You are allowed to bring up to two pets with you on board. They must be properly secured for the journey. If you choose to travel with CrossCountry, you can enjoy first-class and business-class options, bathrooms, catering and wheelchair space.

On CrossCountry trains you can bring one big bag and another smaller bag that can fit under the seat in front of you. You will need to reserve a spot for your bike when you book your ticket. On TransPennine Express trains, you will have access to onboard entertainment, power points, bathrooms, first-class options and disability assistance. It would be best to place all luggage either in the luggage area or under the seat in front of you. You may bring your pets on board as long as they are properly secured, and you may bring your bike on board if it is a folding bike; if it is not, you will need to book a spot for it when you book your ticket.

How to find cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh

There are many ways to get cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh if you know what to look for. One of the best ways to get affordable tickets is by booking them as far in advance as possible. Train tickets tend to get more expensive closer to the departure date. Another thing you can do is take a slower train. Faster trains tend to cost more than slower trains with changeovers. If you can be flexible with your travel dates, this is also a plus. By being flexible, you can pick the day which has the cheapest train tickets. For more information on how to find cheaper train tickets, you can check out our magazine The Window Seat.

Scott Monument in Edinburgh. Source: Shutterstock

To Edinburgh by train—travel tips

Edinburgh is a popular tourist destination for all travellers. One of the most popular attractions in Edinburgh is climbing Arthur’s Seat. This extinct volcano looks over the city of Edinburgh and is a highly recommended day trip for those who love nature. Another popular attraction in Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle. At this castle, you will learn all about the history of Scotland and see the grand architecture of the building. If you are looking for a fun haunted tour, you should take a trip to The Real Mary King’s Close. Here you can learn all about the Old Town and the mysteries surrounding the area. Edinburgh also has some highly rated restaurants. Some recommended places to get some food include The Table, Gaucho Edinburgh, Quinn’s Cafe and Salt Cafe.

  • Head out for a fashionable trip down Victoria Street
  • Taste some of Edinburgh’s most famous Whisky
  • Get a meal at Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart
  • Look at contemporary and historical beauty at the Scottish National Galleries
  • Take a stroll at Portobello Beach

FAQs: Birmingham to Edinburgh train

FAQs: Travel by train from Birmingham to Edinburgh easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Birmingham to Edinburgh.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh can start from as little as £52 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Birmingham to Edinburgh is £121; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time from Birmingham to Edinburgh is on average 4 h 11 min   for the 244 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go between Birmingham and Edinburgh by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Birmingham to Edinburgh leaves at 05: 05. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Birmingham to Edinburgh leaves at 18: 27.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh without having to change trains with Virgin Trains or CrossCountry. There are 13 direct trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
For the best Birmingham to Edinburgh train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express or East Coast. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services to Edinburgh from Birmingham to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 18: 27.

When departing from Birmingham, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International and Birmingham Moor Street. When arriving in Edinburgh, you can end your trip in train stations like Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Gateway.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Birmingham New Street, which is located around 1.7 miles (2.7 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Edinburgh Waverley, located 0.4 miles (727 m) away from the city centre.

A trip to Edinburgh from Birmingham is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 4 h 11 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train is March.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Birmingham and Edinburgh

Birmingham
Edinburgh
Birmingham New Street is the most popular Birmingham railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Birmingham for your journey to Edinburgh.
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Mon - Sat: 05: 15 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 30 - 23: 00
Public transport options for Birmingham New Street
Bus lines: N5, N6, N8, 4, 9, 23, 45, 50, 61, X51, X70
Train lines: West Midlands, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales
Onward travel information: There are nearby bus stops on Smallbrook Queensway and Hill Street Most buses are wheelchair accessible. ********************************************************************************************************** For information go to the local travel information office by the Stephenson Street entrance. Alternatively, visit Transport for West Midlands, or call 0121 214 7214.
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Public transport options for Birmingham International
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail replacement coach services can be found at the front of the station opposite the entrance to the long stay car park.
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Public transport options for Birmingham Moor Street
Location for Rail Replacement Services: This station is not usually served by rail replacement buses, due to difficult road access. Replacement buses stop at Birmingham Snow Hill station.
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Public transport options for Birmingham Snow Hill
Location for Rail Replacement Services: In the event of engineering the bus/coach will collect from: Bus Stop SH4, at the front of the station on Colmore Row.
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