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Train Information between Birmingham and Manchester

distanceDistance70 miles (113 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 26 min
priceAverage train ticket price£42 (€47)
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 26 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 trip costs around £42, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £23. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

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Birmingham to Manchester with CrossCountry

CrossCountry trains will get you between Birmingham and Manchester from £23. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

CrossCountry

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

Omio helps you find the perfect Birmingham - Manchester train with CrossCountry. Whether you are searching for the fastest, earliest or cheapest train between Birmingham and Manchester, Omio shows you CrossCountry’s current train timetables, tickets, prices and other travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities onboard) to help you find the best train ticket for your upcoming Birmingham to Manchester route. You can expect to travel around 70 miles (113 km) from Birmingham to Manchester on a train with CrossCountry. Once you are ready, buy your one-way CrossCountry tickets between Birmingham and Manchester starting as low as £23 if you book in advance. If you use the Omio app to book your ticket, you can check straight away to see if it's a mobile ticket so that you can go paperless when travelling by train instead of purchasing tickets at the train station in person. So, book your tickets with ease and comfort online and enjoy a smooth journey with CrossCountry!

    These are CrossCountry 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the 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.

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    FAQs
    What is the cost of cheap trains from Birmingham to Manchester?
    Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train between Birmingham and Manchester for the next 7 days starting from £23  one way.
    What is the average price of train tickets to Manchester from Birmingham?
    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket to Manchester from Birmingham is £42  one way.
    How many miles is it from Birmingham to Manchester by train?
    When travelling this route you should expect the distance from Birmingham to Manchester via train to be approximately 70 miles (113 km).
    How long is the train from Birmingham to Manchester?
    The train time between Birmingham and Manchester is on average 1 h 26 min  for the 70 miles (113 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Manchester from Birmingham by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
    What station does the Birmingham to Manchester train leave from? Which Manchester train station do I come into from Birmingham?

    When taking a train from Birmingham, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street. When you arrive in Manchester, your train can arrive in train stations including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

    Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Birmingham New Street   to Manchester Piccadilly.

    Where is the train station in Birmingham to go to Manchester? Where is the train station in Manchester located?

    Passengers board the train most frequently from Birmingham New Street, which is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre.

    What train companies go from Birmingham to Manchester?
    For the trip from Birmingham to Manchester you can take a train with Cross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services to Manchester from Birmingham on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
    How many trains per day are there between Birmingham and Manchester?
    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 is the earliest train from Birmingham to Manchester? When is the last train from Birmingham to Manchester?
    The first Birmingham to Manchester train departs at 07: 03   and the last train from Birmingham to Manchester leaves at 08: 01. Check out the most up-to-date Birmingham to Manchester train schedule on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
    When should I buy Birmingham Manchester train tickets to score the best deals?
    If you book Birmingham to Manchester train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £42. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Birmingham and Manchester. Look out for train tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.
    Stations

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Birmingham
    Manchester
    Birmingham Moor Street
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    Birmingham New Street
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