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Overview: Train from Birmingham to Manchester

distanceDistance70 miles (113 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 37 min
priceAverage train ticket price£26 (€30)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Birmingham to Manchester cover the 70 miles (113 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 37 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £26, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £18. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Birmingham to Manchester

You can travel by train from Birmingham to Manchester with CrossCountry for as low as £18. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train from Birmingham to Manchester you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

It’s easy to book your CrossCountry train ticket between Birmingham and Manchester online with Omio! Simply check the current CrossCountry train timetables for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route to Manchester from Birmingham as well as relevant travel information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap CrossCountry train tickets online. Prices for CrossCountry trains between Birmingham and Manchester start at £18 one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 70 miles (113 km). If you search for CrossCountry trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when travelling by train between Birmingham and Manchester. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Birmingham to Manchester CrossCountry train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!

  • Average Price: £18

CrossCountry has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by train between Birmingham and Manchester:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Birmingham to Manchester

With over 20 trains from Birmingham to Manchester on any day of the week, travellers will find it's a simple matter to book tickets at any time of the year on this popular route. The quickest journeys take one hour 27 minutes, while average trip times are about one hour 40 minutes.

Birmingham to Manchester Train Time: Daily departures

The first daily train to Manchester leaves Birmingham New Street at just before 6:00 a.m. and takes one hour 33 minutes to reach Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station. Cross Country operate trains every hour from this point until their final train of the day at just before 10:00 p.m. Most Cross Country trains to Manchester are direct services. The last train of the day leaves New Street at around 10:30 p.m. and is operated by Transport for Wales. Additional services are provided by Transport for Wales throughout the day. 

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

The fastest direct trains from Birmingham to Manchester take around 87 minutes and are operated by Cross Country. Other services provided by Transport for Wales are indirect and require at least one change. The slowest journey takes three hours, while average journey times are around one hour 40 minutes.  

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

Departure train station: Trains from Birmingham to Manchester leave from Birmingham New Street Railway Station, which is located in the centre of town. Passengers can reach Birmingham Bull Ring shopping centre on foot from the Grand Central shopping area located above all platforms which is connected to the Bull Ring by a walkway. Facilities at New Street Station include a First Class Lounge, a business area complete with phones, fax, copiers, a waiting room, and station buffet. Station staff are available at all times to assist any travellers with disabilities or mobility problems.  

Arrival train station: Trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly Station, located a short walk from the Manchester Conference Centre, and all city centre shopping. Free bus trips on Routes 1, 2, and 3 throughout Manchester city centre are available until midnight from Monday to Saturday and offer useful hop on/off transport to most popular locations. Manchester Piccadilly station services include WiFi, extensive dining options, waiting rooms and public toilets.

Which train companies travel from Birmingham to Manchester?

Cross Country is the main provider for trains from Birmingham to Manchester, as services are quicker and direct. The Transport for Wales trains (formerly Virgin Trains) require at least one change at Crewe.  

Cross Country Birmingham to Manchester

Passengers can reserve seats in Standard or First Class on Cross Country trains from Birmingham to Manchester, and free WiFi is provided on all journeys. Services are direct and most journeys take around one hour 27 minutes. 

Birmingham to Manchester Trains: Services onboard

First Class travellers with Cross Country benefit from free snacks and drinks served direct to their seats, with complimentary meals also available on week days. Standard travellers can purchase refreshments from trolley services on most trains. Cyclists with folding bikes can carry them on board any train, and they should be stored in the overhead luggage racks during the journey. Two spaces for normal bikes are available for reservation, while a further last-minute space is also available on all trains, however, it is not possible to board with a bike if the train is already carrying three cycles. Mobility assistance is available on request. There are no formal luggage restrictions or allowances for any train journeys from Birmingham to Manchester, but it's important to bear in mind that all luggage needs to be carried on and off the train. It's also vital to ensure luggage and larger items don't impact on the comfort of others during journeys. It is possible that excess charges are applied for passengers with too much bulky luggage on any journey. 

How do I find cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester?

It's a breeze to book cheap trains from Birmingham to Manchester at any time using the Omio app. Of course, booking in advance is always the recommended way to source the most affordable trips, but opting for slower journeys using indirect services can also help cut the costs of train travel for any journey from Birmingham to Manchester.

Travel Tips: Trains from Birmingham to Manchester

Travel by train to Manchester 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 Manchester.
FAQs

How much do cheap train tickets to Manchester from Birmingham cost?

Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Manchester from Birmingham for the next 7 days starting from £18  one way.

What is the average cost of a train from Birmingham to Manchester?

The Birmingham to Manchester train ticket price is on average £26  if you are looking to book your tickets for this route in the next week.

What is the distance by train from Birmingham to Manchester?

You should expect to travel around 70 miles (113 km)  to Manchester from Birmingham by train.

What is the average Birmingham to Manchester train duration?

While the time it takes to travel 70 miles (113 km) between Birmingham and Manchester can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Birmingham to Manchester is on average 1 h 37 min.

Which train station in Birmingham goes to Manchester? Which train station do I come into Manchester from Birmingham?

When taking the train to Manchester from Birmingham, you can choose to depart from train stations like Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street. Your journey can end in train stations such as Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Birmingham New Street   and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Where is the train station in Birmingham? Where is the train station in Manchester?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Birmingham New Street, which is located around 0.2 miles (399 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, located 0.4 miles (587 m) away from the city centre.

What train providers offer a service from Birmingham to Manchester?

If you're looking for trains from Birmingham to Manchester, you can rely on Cross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast to get you to Manchester. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Birmingham to Manchester trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

How many train services per day are there to Manchester from Birmingham?

The average number of trains departing Birmingham for Manchester is 25 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

When does the first train depart from Birmingham to Manchester? When does the last train depart from Birmingham to Manchester?

The first train from Birmingham to Manchester leaves at 06: 53   and the last train for this leaves at 10: 04. Omio shows you the latest train from Birmingham to Manchester times to help you book the best departure time for this route.

When should I buy Birmingham Manchester train tickets to score the best deals?

If you purchase Birmingham to Manchester train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £26. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains to Manchester from Birmingham. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Birmingham
Manchester
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 Manchester.
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Bus lines: N5, N6, N8, 4, 9, 23, 45, 50, 61, X51, X70
Train lines: West Midlands, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales