Birmingham to Manchester train with Cross Country and Avanti West Coast

Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester

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£24

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£48

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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09:57Birmingham New Street1h26 11:23Manchester Piccadilly
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08:03Birmingham New Street1h43 09:46Manchester Piccadilly
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Train schedule Birmingham to Manchester

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08:03Birmingham New Street1h43 09:46Manchester Piccadilly
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Fastest train times from Birmingham to Manchester

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Fastest Journey

1 h 26 m

Average

1 h 41 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

113 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Birmingham for Manchester every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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08:57Birmingham New Street1h26 10:23Manchester Piccadilly
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09:57Birmingham New Street1h26 11:23Manchester Piccadilly
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£241One-way
09:04Birmingham New Street1h42 10:46Manchester Piccadilly
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£551One-way
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Overview: Train from Birmingham to Manchester

distanceDistance70 miles (113 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 26 min
priceAverage train ticket price£23 (€26)
frequencyTrain frequency44 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 18 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country, West Midlands Railway, Northern Rail, Avanti West Coast or London Midland

Trains from Birmingham to Manchester cover the 70 miles (113 km) long route taking on average 1 h 26 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, West Midlands Railway, Northern Rail, Avanti West Coast or London Midland. Normally, there are 44 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £23, 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 and Northern Rail (3) trains Birmingham to Manchester

Find the best trains from Birmingham to Manchester with Omio's travel partners CrossCountry and Northern Rail (3) from £18. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Northern Rail (3)
CrossCountry

Northern Trains is one of many publicly owned train providers in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in York, Northern operates local and regional trains across the entire north of England connecting regions of the North East, North West, East Midlands, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and the Humber coast line. Advance, Off-Peak and Anytime Day tickets can be purchased for Northern train journeys between Birmingham and Manchester. There is only one class option on Northern trains: Standard.

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

    Find the perfect CrossCountry train from Birmingham to Manchester for a smooth and relaxing journey. Omio makes it convenient for you to check the latest CrossCountry train timetables and compare the cheapest, fastest or earliest train from Birmingham to Manchester. You can also check relevant travel information for the CrossCountry train, such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard, depending on the class fare you choose. Once you find the ideal route, book your cheap CrossCountry train tickets online. You can expect to travel around 70 miles (113 km) on this route and your CrossCountry Birmingham to Manchester train ticket can cost as little as £18 one-way if you book in advance. When you search for CrossCountry tickets between Birmingham and Manchester in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless. Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets online quickly and easily on Omio and enjoy the travel experience!

    Birmingham to Manchester train information with CrossCountry:

    • Average Duration: 1 h 27 min
    • Average Price: £18
    • CrossCountry frequency: 17 a day

    Trains from Birmingham to Manchester

    Connecting Birmingham and Manchester by train isn’t just enjoyable but also fast. The cities are roughly 70 miles (113 km) apart by rail. A typical train from Birmingham to Manchester can travel the distance within about 1h 30min if the trip is direct. The indirect trains’ travel time can amount to approximately 3 hours. Such trains allow one or two switches, at destinations like Crewe, Smethwick Galton Bridge or Stafford. About 40 trains leave a departure station in Birmingham and head towards Manchester on a single day. However, Saturdays and Sundays aren’t as busy; almost 15 trains travel between the cities daily.

    Birmingham to Manchester Train Time: Daily Departures

    Between early morning and late night, about 40 daily weekday departures and 30 weekend trains travel from Birmingham to Manchester. Thus, you have nearly 230 trains weekly to choose from when making the Birmingham-Manchester trip. On weekdays and weekends, the first departure embarks roughly a few minutes to 06:00; it arrives in Manchester around 07:30. After the first trip, two or three trains leave Birmingham for Manchester at intervals of approximately 20-30min. You can catch the last Manchester train around 23:00 during weekdays if you are in Birmingham at night. The last weekend train exits Birmingham at about 22:00 daily.

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

    Since different companies run the trains from Birmingham to Manchester, travel durations aren’t equal. Some fast and direct trains can whisk passengers through a comfortable Birmingham-Manchester journey within approximately 1h 30min. Contrastingly, if the train you take requires switches or has a relatively low average speed, you may spend about 3h on the trip.

    Train from Birmingham. Source: Shutterstock

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

    Departure train station: Birmingham New Street will be your most probable departure terminal when travelling from Birmingham to Manchester by train. The station operates near central Birmingham, about 0.3 miles (0.4 km) from the city centre. If possible, walk from downtown Birmingham to Birmingham New Street. The stroll lasts roughly 5min and gives a mini-tour of the city. If you take a taxi, you will reach the train station after approximately 10min. A Birmingham to Manchester train may sometimes depart from Birmingham Moor Street. The railway station is about 0.4 miles (0.6 km) from the city centre and is accessible by walking or taxis in roughly 10min. The two departure stations have waiting areas, post boxes, trolleys, cash machines, payphones, Wi-Fi and toilets. For travellers in wheelchairs, there is step-free access ways and professional assistance from staff members.

    Arrival train station: Almost any train to Manchester from Birmingham arrives at Manchester Piccadilly Train Station. The terminal’s distance from downtown Manchester is roughly 0.9 miles (1.4 km). If you fancy walking, you can spend about 20min connecting Manchester Piccadilly and the city centre. However, taxis and some buses provided by Go North and TransPennine Express can get you to central Manchester in an estimated 10min. Few Birmingham to Manchester departures dock at Manchester Oxford Road, a busy station situated almost 0.4 miles (0.6 km) from downtown Manchester. From the terminal, it takes approximately 8min or 4min to get to the city centre by foot or taxi, respectively. At both stations, look out for facilities like Wi-Fi, washrooms, cash machines, taxi stands, payphones and assistance for disabled travellers.

    Which train companies travel from Birmingham to Manchester?

    There are three primary providers of trains from Birmingham to Manchester – West Midlands Trains, CrossCountry and Avanti West Coast. While all firms are subsidiaries, Avanti West Coast and CrossCountry (which operate medium-speed trains) have private establishments in Britain for parent companies. West Midlands Trains, whose trains have a lower average speed, operates under several enterprises, in the Netherlands and Japan.

    Night trains Birmingham

    Even after darkness settles in Birmingham, you still have around six trains to board to travel to Manchester. At approximately 19:30, the first night train commences its journey. From then onwards, roughly two trains make the Birmingham-Manchester trip every hour. The last train is available for boarding at about 23:00 on weekdays and around 22:00 on weekends. At times, you may find the last departure having an exit time of roughly 21:30. Thus, it is advised to check train availability and make ticket bookings in advance on our website.

    West Midlands Trains trains from Birmingham to Manchester

    West Midlands Trains provides most Birmingham to Manchester trips, consisting of roughly 20 daily departures. The trains, whose speed tops nearly 110 mph (177 km/h), are slower but cheaper than those from other providers. They can take between 1h 40min and 3 hours to travel and stop once or twice, at Crewe or Smethwick Galton Bridge.

    CrossCountry trains from Birmingham to Manchester

    CrossCountry affords almost 14 daily trains for the Birmingham-Manchester route. If you wish to make a direct trip, CrossCountry trains are a suitable option for you. However, a few trains require a changeover at Stafford. The travel time for Birmingham to Manchester CrossCountry trains ranges approximately between 1h 30min and 2h 30min.

    Avanti West Coast trains from Birmingham to Manchester

    Approximately five daily trains travel from Birmingham to Manchester courtesy of Avanti West Coast. They usually stop at Crewe before proceeding to their arrival terminal, arriving after about 1h 30min to 2h.

    Trains from Birmingham to Manchester: Sustainability travel

    Besides saving you time and money, travelling via Birmingham to Manchester trains is ideal when avoiding environmental pollution. West Midlands Trains continually adopts measures to see the company become carbon neutral. At CrossCountry, passengers can be sure to find ISO-certified, pollution-fighting systems in place. Avanti West Coast uses a slightly different method to avert global warming. The company conducts technological upgrades that see their trains consume less energy and reduce harmful emissions.

    Train Birmingham to Manchester: Services on Board

    Cheap trains from Birmingham to Manchester complement your travel comfort using various onboard services. There are electronic device charging points beside cosy seats in the standard-class cabins. Free Wi-Fi is available on West Midlands Trains and Avanti West Coast trains, while CrossCountry may charge a small fee for internet access. All three companies also provide a first-class sector, with a calm environment to check out our online magazine before arriving. The seats are spacious, and complimentary foods and drinks are available. Some of the items you can bring on your train at no cost include luggage, pets and folding bikes.

    However, more than two pets can attract a charge. West Midlands Trains lets you pack three bags; Avanti West Coast allows two; while CrossCountry permits a single luggage piece. If your bike doesn’t fold, be sure to book its storage space in advance, as spots can run out. If a traveller anticipates difficulties moving around due to impaired mobility, they can call the train providers approximately 12 hours before their travel times to request assistance.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester?

    Trains from Birmingham to Manchester charge less during off-peak times. If interested in saving, travel in the evening or buy a flexible ticket and make a trip on a day when a discount presents itself. If you aren’t in a rush, you can travel using the slower Birmingham to Manchester trains that are comparatively affordable. Remember, tickets for the train trips to Manchester from Birmingham are available seven days in advance. If you buy them early, you have a chance to save.

    Ordsall Chord in Manchester. Source: Shutterstock

    To Manchester by train—travel tips

    Manchester’s rich heritage, coupled with galleries and fresh food eateries, will turn your tour into a long-lasting memory. Delve into the city’s rich history by visiting museums like the National Football Museum and the People’s History Museum. While you’re at it, immerse yourself in the religious culture intertwined with Manchester’s way of life by visiting ancient churches like the Manchester Cathedral. If you prefer strolling through Manchester, pass by outdoor areas like Castlefield. For an even more unique experience, be sure to get to Chinatown. The neighbourhood is an ideal place to sample Chinese dishes or buy souvenirs. Manchester is also a model city to explore art. Be sure to step into its various art galleries, including:

    • Manchester Art Gallery
    • The Lowry
    • Portico Library
    • Whitworth Art Gallery
    • Wythenshawe Hall
    • HOME
    • Contemporary Six

    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
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train from Birmingham to Manchester for as little as £18  in the next 7 days.
    If you’re looking to book tickets for this trip in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Birmingham to Manchester train prices are on average £23  one way.
    You should expect to travel around 70 miles (113 km)  from Birmingham to Manchester by train.
    On average the Birmingham to Manchester train time is 1 h 26 min  covering the 70 miles (113 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.

    Some of the Birmingham train stations to Manchester you can start your journey from include Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham International. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Manchester include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

    When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Birmingham New Street   and arriving in Manchester Piccadilly.

    You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, Birmingham New Street, located approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the city centre of Birmingham. The most popular arrival train station in Manchester, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located around 0.6 miles (954 m) away from its city centre.

    For the trip from Birmingham to Manchester you can take a train with Cross Country, West Midlands Railway, Northern Rail, Avanti West Coast or London Midland. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services between Birmingham and Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
    Yes, there are 18 direct trains per day from Birmingham to Manchester with Cross Country, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
    On average, there are 44 trains a day from Birmingham to Manchester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    The earliest train departing from Birmingham to Manchester leaves at 04: 57. The last train departing from Birmingham to Manchester leaves at 22: 09. You can find the latest Birmingham to Manchester train timetable on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
    You can find a train from Birmingham to Manchester to cost on average £23 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Birmingham to Manchester train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

    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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    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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    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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    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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