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Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Plymouth

Showing times and prices for 23 Apr

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Cross Country
09:123h36
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
12:48Plymouth station (PLY)
£841One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
12:123h37
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
15:49Plymouth station (PLY)
£931One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
11:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:47Plymouth station (PLY)
£1121One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
08:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
11:47Plymouth station (PLY)
£1691One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
13:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
16:47Plymouth station (PLY)
£1691One-way
0 changes

Train timetableBirmingham to Plymouth

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, 23 April
Cross Country
08:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
11:47Plymouth station (PLY)
0 changes
Cross Country
09:123h36
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
12:48Plymouth station (PLY)
0 changes
Cross Country
10:123h37
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
13:49Plymouth station (PLY)
0 changes
Cross Country
11:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:47Plymouth station (PLY)
0 changes
Cross Country
12:123h37
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
15:49Plymouth station (PLY)
0 changes
Cross Country
13:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
16:47Plymouth station (PLY)
0 changes

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Train times from Birmingham to Plymouth

Showing times and prices for 23 Apr

Fastest Journey

3 h 35 m

Average

3 h 35 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

281 km

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

Fastest
Cross Country
08:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
11:47Plymouth station (PLY)
£1691One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Cross Country
11:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
14:47Plymouth station (PLY)
£1121One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Cross Country
13:123h35
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
16:47Plymouth station (PLY)
£1691One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
09:123h36
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
12:48Plymouth station (PLY)
£841One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
10:123h37
Birmingham New Street (BHM)
13:49Plymouth station (PLY)
£1751One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Birmingham to Plymouth

distanceDistance174 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 22 min
priceAverage train ticket price£92 (€101)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCrossCountry or Great Western Rail

Trains from Birmingham to Plymouth cover the 174 miles long journey taking on average 3 h 22 min with our travel partners like CrossCountry or Great Western Rail. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £92, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £50. Travellers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Plymouth.

Train providers: CrossCountry and Great Western Rail trains Birmingham to Plymouth

Travel to Plymouth from Birmingham from £59 with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry and Great Western Rail! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient route for you.

Great Western Railway is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. It operates services from London Paddington to the West of England, South Wales and the Cotswolds. It also operates services from London Paddington to Oxford, Reading and Bristol. It offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Anytime, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, air conditioning and catering services. The most popular routes for Great Western Railway are London Paddington to Bristol, Reading and Oxford.

    Trains from Birmingham to Plymouth

    If you are looking to travel from Birmingham to Plymouth affordably and quickly, trains are an ideal transit means. If you take a fast train from Birmingham to Plymouth, your travel time can be about 3h 30min. However, some cheap trains take up to an hour more. The Birmingham-Plymouth route has approximately 15 daily departures. On weekends, the number is a tad lower, as almost 13 daily trains make their journeys. Most trains are direct, but you can experience a switch at Gloucester or Bristol Temple Meads.

    Birmingham to Plymouth Train Time: Daily Departures

    Whether you want to get to Plymouth early in the morning or during nightly hours, you can find a train for your trip. There’s approximately 101 weekly locomotive departures for passengers who travel from Birmingham to Plymouth by train. If you are an early bird, you can catch the first train around 5:30. After boarding this ride, you may arrive in Plymouth at about 10:00, having journeyed for approximately 4h 30min. The last Birmingham-Plymouth departure takes off at roughly 10:00, but the departure times are slightly different if you are travelling over the weekend. The early morning and last trains make their way around 7:00 and 20:00, respectively. In an hour, you might get one or two trains leaving Birmingham for Plymouth.

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

    Some trains from Birmingham to Plymouth complete their trips after roughly 3h 30min. Mainly, this is a minimum travel duration attained by direct trains. If you board an affordable long-distance ride, your train to Plymouth from Birmingham can travel for about 4h 30min before reaching its destination.

    Library and Baskerville House in Birmingham. Source: Shutterstock

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

    Departure train station: To board the affordable trains from Birmingham to Plymouth, you may have to travel to Birmingham New Street, the departure station for this route. If in Birmingham city centre, you need to cover approximately 0.3 miles (0.4km); on foot will take an estimated 5min. Since you may not find buses to connect central Birmingham and Birmingham New Street, taxis are the available transfer means for passengers with hefty luggage. The cabs take about 10min to arrive at the station. Once you get to the terminal, you can take a seat in the waiting lounge, enjoy free Wi-Fi and read our travel magazine as you wait for your train. You can also grab a snack at the restaurants and shops on site. Some cash points, payphones and toilets are available at the Birmingham New Street station. You can find a waiting area and step-free access specially built for passengers with reduced mobility.

    Arrival train station: At Plymouth, your Birmingham to Plymouth train will find an arrival point at Plymouth Railway Station. The terminal has parking spaces for cars and bikes, cash points, a payphone, free Wi-Fi, shops, washrooms, trolleys and a waiting area with seats. The terminal receives travellers with impaired mobility and has trained personnel to guide such passengers through step-free access. If you need to get to Plymouth city centre from the station, consider walking the roughly 10min trip. There are also some cabs at the taxi stand near the terminal’s entrance, which access central Plymouth in roughly 5min. If you would instead take a bus, you can walk to the bus stop near Plymouth Railway Station. Buses can get you to downtown Plymouth in approximately 10-15min.

    Which train companies travel from Birmingham to Plymouth?

    You can travel via either CrossCountry or Great Western Railway trains from Birmingham to Plymouth. Great Western Railway started operating in 1996, while CrossCountry came into existence around 2002. Both companies provide high-speed trains, whose speeds top approximately 125 mph (200 km/h). While servicing the Birmingham-Plymouth route, most CrossCountry trains offer direct trains, while Great Western Railway requires some changeovers.

    Night trains Birmingham

    Generally, about two departures travel from Birmingham to Plymouth during the night. The first train is available for boarding at approximately 20:00. The other one has its departure time around 10:00 and reaches Plymouth about 02:30. On weekends, you may find a single night departure that leaves Birmingham at about 20:00.

    CrossCountry trains from Birmingham to Plymouth

    You will find about 11 CrossCountry trains travelling from Birmingham to Plymouth every day. While almost all the trains offer direct trips, you can board one that has a transfer, at Bristol Temple Meads. If you travel via CrossCountry’s trains, it can take roughly 3h 30min to get to Plymouth from Birmingham.

    Great Western Railway trains from Birmingham to Plymouth

    Great Western Railway services the Birmingham-Plymouth route with approximately four departures. The trains usually include a changeover, at Bristol Temple Meads or Gloucester. Due to the transfer, Great Western Railway trains can take about 4h 30min before arriving in Plymouth.

    Trains from Birmingham to Plymouth: Sustainability travel

    Through key performance indicators, CrossCountry monitors how well its systems combat pollutants. The company is working with a network of partners to lower its waste, translating to fewer landfill products. Through environmental management systems, CrossCountry continually cuts energy consumption in its trains. Great Western Railway continues to install new technology in its trains to lower carbon emissions and energy use. The travel firm is on a path to recycling nearly 75% of the waste generated from journeys. Stakeholders can find periodic sustainability reports that shed light on why it is greener to travel via Great Western Railway trains.

    Train Birmingham to Plymouth: Services on Board

    Whether your priorities are comfy seats or snacks on board, affordable trains from Birmingham to Plymouth have the services you require. The trains feature a cheap standard class and a luxurious first-class cabin. In the standard section, you can charge your phone or laptop. Great Western Railway offers free Wi-Fi, but CrossCountry may require you to pay a small sum for internet access. The seats are moderately spaced and, on Great Western Railway, have a bistro table in front of them. Passengers in the first-class coach don’t have to pay for Wi-Fi and have even more spacious seats. They can also get complimentary foods, drinks and snacks. CrossCountry allows one bag on the train for free, while Great Western Railway can allow two. Also, you can have up to two pets in the cabin without paying more. While the presence of few bicycle spaces calls for pre booking, folding bike spots are more abundant. If one has impaired mobility, it is vital to give the travel company a heads up when booking to get assistance.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Plymouth

    Tickets for the trains from Birmingham to Plymouth are available a few days before the train leaves. Making an early booking can give a discount on your travel cost. Also, low-speed Birmingham to Plymouth trains don’t charge as much as the high-speed ones. Note that different ticket types are available to passengers travelling to Plymouth from Birmingham; you can buy a flexible one, which gives you a chance to take a cheap train during off-peak hours.

    Barbican marina at night in Plymouth. Source: Shutterstock

    To Plymouth by train—travel tips

    Besides its rich maritime history, Plymouth will astound you with a modern side that features several must-see sites. For a taste of the beach, stroll off to the limestone rise at Plymouth Hoe. Here, you can climb Smeaton’s Tower and observe an endless stretch of ocean. The Plymouth Sound, a harbour showcasing ancient navy weapons, is also nearby, and be sure to tour Barbican. The town has cobblestone pathways lined with restaurants and souvenir selling shops. To hikers, Plymouth presents Devonport Heritage Trail. Walking or riding down the trail will allow you to tour Devonport Naval Heritage Site and Visitor Centre, where a prehistoric but operational naval base exists. Other top-rated Plymouth sites to see include:

    • The Royal Citadel
    • The National Marine Aquarium
    • The Box Plymouth
    • Tinside Lido
    • The Mayflower Museum and Steps
    • Central Park
    • The Saltram House
    • Plymbridge Woods

    FAQs: Birmingham to Plymouth train

    FAQs: Travel by train from Birmingham to Plymouth 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 Plymouth.
    FAQs
    Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Plymouth can start from as little as £50 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Birmingham to Plymouth is £92; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
    On average the Birmingham to Plymouth train time is 3 h 22 min   covering the 174 mile long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
    The first train from Birmingham to Plymouth leaves at 08: 12. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
    The last train from Birmingham to Plymouth leaves at 20: 12.
    There are 12 trains a day from Birmingham to Plymouth which require at least one change with CrossCountry or Great Western Rail. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
    Take the Birmingham to Plymouth train with CrossCountry or Great Western Rail. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the journey from Birmingham to Plymouth as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 20: 12.

    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 Plymouth, located 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city centre.

    The cheapest month to travel from Birmingham to Plymouth by train is January.
    You have options as you can travel from Birmingham to Plymouth 2 different ways: coach or train.

    Important Stations and Airports in Birmingham and Plymouth

    Birmingham
    Plymouth
    The major railway station for departures from Birmingham is Birmingham New Street. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Birmingham New Street for your trip to Plymouth from Birmingham.
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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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    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: 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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