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Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Birmingham

Showing times and prices for 20 Jul

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

Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
09:374h29
Glasgow Central (GLC)
14:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£801One-way
1 change
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
08:004h06
Glasgow Central (GLC)
12:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£801One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
11:564h10
Glasgow Central (GLC)
16:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£801One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
12:404h26
Glasgow Central (GLC)
17:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£801One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
08:384h28
Glasgow Central (GLC)
13:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£891One-way
1 change

Train timetableGlasgow to Birmingham

Showing trains for tomorrow, Saturday, 20 July
Avanti West Coast
08:004h06
Glasgow Central (GLC)
12:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:384h28
Glasgow Central (GLC)
13:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
1 change
Avanti West Coast
09:374h29
Glasgow Central (GLC)
14:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
1 change
Avanti West Coast
10:404h26
Glasgow Central (GLC)
15:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
1 change
Avanti West Coast
11:564h10
Glasgow Central (GLC)
16:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
12:404h26
Glasgow Central (GLC)
17:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
1 change

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Train times from Glasgow to Birmingham

Showing times and prices for 20 Jul

Fastest Journey

4 h 6 m

Average

4 h 20 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

406 km

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

Fastest
Avanti West Coast
08:004h06
Glasgow Central (GLC)
12:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£801One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
11:564h10
Glasgow Central (GLC)
16:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£801One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
10:404h26
Glasgow Central (GLC)
15:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£1311One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
12:404h26
Glasgow Central (GLC)
17:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£801One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
08:384h28
Glasgow Central (GLC)
13:06Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£891One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Glasgow to Birmingham

distanceDistance252 miles
durationAverage train duration4 h 6 min
priceAverage train ticket price£116 (€131)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 4 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersVirgin Trains, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express or first_transpennine_express

Trains from Glasgow to Birmingham cover the 252 miles long trip taking on average 4 h 6 min with our travel partners like Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express or first_transpennine_express. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £116, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £44. Travellers depart most frequently from Glasgow Central and arrive in Birmingham New Street.

Train providers: Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express trains Glasgow to Birmingham

Find the best trains between Glasgow and Birmingham with Omio's travel partners Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express from £44. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains between Glasgow and Birmingham. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

CrossCountry from Glasgow to Birmingham train information:

  • Average Duration: 6 h 6 min
  • Cheapest Price: £88
  • CrossCountry frequency: 1 a day

Trains from Glasgow to Birmingham

You can catch trains from Glasgow to Birmingham throughout the day, starting from very early in the morning and ending in the early evening. They are pretty prolific, with several running each hour, often departing in pairs. This frequency increases during the peak morning times. Almost all trains take roughly the same time to travel this route: about 4h 30min.

Glasgow to Birmingham Train Time: Daily Departures

You can catch a Glasgow to Birmingham train about 27 times a day on average, six days a week, with roughly 18 running on Sundays. This gives you around 180 trains to choose from every week. From Monday to Friday, the first train leaves at about 04:30, with the last one leaving at roughly 18:40. On Saturdays, the first train leaves at about 05:30, with the same final train time; and on Sundays, trains run from around 09:30 till about 18:00.

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

On trains to Birmingham from Glasgow, you can expect the journey to take about 4h 30min. The various trains make the trip anywhere from around 4h 18min to about 4h 37min, to be more specific. There’s a single train each day that takes a bit longer, arriving in Birmingham about 6h 15min after leaving Glasgow. All trains on this route make one or two changes en route.

Trains from Glasgow to Birmingham: Glasgow city at night. Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train station: All of the Glasgow to Birmingham trains leave from Glasgow Central Station, the busiest in Scotland, which has extensive modern facilities. It has step-free access, tactile strips, induction loops and Level 1 Guide Communicators for those with hearing challenges. Toilets are also fully accessible. Baby-changing rooms are available, as are showers. Shops and eateries include places like Boots and Starbucks, plus a few sit-down cafes. It will take you about 2min to get there from central Glasgow on a number of bus lines, including 38, 23 and 26.

Arrival train station: On the train Glasgow to Birmingham route, you’ll always arrive at Birmingham New Street Station. If you’re travelling light, you can walk the distance in about 10min. If you prefer public transport, it takes about 7min on the line 23 bus. The station is part of the Grand Central shopping precinct and has many shops, restaurants, pubs and so forth. Accessibility amenities include step-free access, an induction loop and trained assistants on hand.

Which train companies travel from Glasgow to Birmingham?

Avanti West Coast is the carrier for all trains from Glasgow to Birmingham. All its train journeys take roughly the same amount of time, getting you there in about 4h 30min. You’ll find that some are faster by about 10min or so, if you’re really in a tearing hurry. They all make at least one change on the way. The one-stop routes travel via Warrington Bank Quay, stopping over for around 20min. Those that require two changes travel a different route, stopping first at Preston for a train change and then again in Wolverhampton. These stops don’t make any particular difference to the average travel time, so you can choose either; they’re all high-speed trains, too.

Night trains Glasgow

Unfortunately, there aren’t any night trains from Glasgow to Birmingham. The last train of the day leaves at around 18:40 on weekdays and Saturdays, and around 18:00 on Sundays. These take about 4h 27min to make the journey, so you’ll arrive in Birmingham roughly just after 23:00. This effectively makes them night trains while not being actual overnight trips.

Avanti West Coast trains from Glasgow to Birmingham

Every train to Birmingham from Glasgow is operated by Avanti West Coast, so the journey is a uniform experience no matter what time of day you travel. These high-speed trains travel at around 125 mph (200 km/h), which is why they can get you from Central England to Scotland in about 4h 30min. They all make at least one stop on the way, so no direct trains are available on this UK intercity route, unfortunately.

Trains from Glasgow to Birmingham: Sustainability travel

Taking a train to Birmingham from Glasgow is one of the most sustainable ways to travel between them, particularly if you imagine everyone on the train driving a car there instead. UK trains are also required to conform with the Rail Industry’s Sustainable Development Principles, and Avanti West Coast is no exception. It has implemented its own Responsible Plan for greener travel, using more fuel-efficient engines and recycled materials. It also pays attention to responsibly sourced menu items.

Train Glasgow to Birmingham: Services on Board

On its Glasgow to Birmingham train trips, Avanti West Coast offers both Standard and First-Class tickets. As most people will travel in Standard class, you can expect fully trained assistants to attend to limited-mobility needs and bring a wheelchair along. Each train has its own bicycle carriage, so you can take yours with you very easily; however, it is suggested to book this in advance. You can also bring up to two small pets with you, either on a lead or in a travel container. The seats all have power points for charging laptops and mobile devices, and Wi-Fi is free and unlimited on board; you can use it to log into the Avanti online entertainment platform, too. Snacks and drinks are available to order. In terms of luggage, you’re allowed medium-sized items in the overhead compartments and smaller ones under your seat. Larger suitcases are placed in a designated area on each coach, near the inter-carriage doors. You are allowed to bring items that measure no more than 35.5 x 27.5 x 12 inches.

How to find cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Birmingham

If you’re looking for particularly cheap tickets on trains from Glasgow to Birmingham, look a couple of months ahead on our live train schedules for early-bird discounts on train trips as the tickets are released. Train companies want to fill their trains as quickly as possible to maintain economies of scale, so they will often offer cheaper tickets as an incentive for people to book well in advance. You can also wait until the last minute to book, when you may be able to find discounted tickets that other passengers have cancelled. Once again, train companies are loath to travel with empty seats, which works in your favour. You can also sometimes get cheaper tickets by choosing longer routes or ones with more changes – however, in this case, the trains all take the same amount of time regardless of these factors, so bear this in mind for other journeys.

Trains from Glasgow to Birmingham: Historic Eye Hospital in Birmingham. Source: Shutterstock

To Birmingham by train—travel tips

Once your train to Birmingham from Glasgow has arrived and you’re ready to explore, start at Victoria Square. It’s a pedestrianised area, where you’ll find one of the city’s architectural landmarks, the old Town Hall, built in the early 1800s, with 40 Corinthian columns carved from Anglesey marble. Next door is the Symphony Hall, a world-class concert auditorium, where you can see the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s performances. You can also head to the central library in Chamberlain Square, which has the largest Shakespeare collection in the UK. You can also stroll in one of the city’s gardens and parks – the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are ideal for this. If you have children with you, they’ll love a visit to Thinktank, at the Birmingham Science Museum, with its interactive exhibits. It also has a large collection of machines from the city’s industrial history and a Spitfire Gallery, with an actual plane made in the city. For more attractions, check out The Window Seat, our online travel magazine.

  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • The National SEA LIFE Centre
  • The Jewellery Quarter
  • St. Philip’s Cathedral
  • 19th-century houses at Back To Backs
  • Barber Institute of Fine Arts

FAQs: Glasgow to Birmingham train

FAQs: Travel by train from Glasgow to Birmingham 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 Glasgow to Birmingham.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Birmingham can start from as little as £44 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Glasgow to Birmingham is £116; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Glasgow to Birmingham train time is 4 h 6 min   covering the 252 mile long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Glasgow to Birmingham leaves at 04: 48. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Glasgow to Birmingham leaves at 18: 40.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow to Birmingham without having to change trains with Virgin Trains or CrossCountry. There are 4 direct trains from Glasgow to Birmingham each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Take the Glasgow to Birmingham train with Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express or first_transpennine_express. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the route between Glasgow and Birmingham as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 18: 40.

When departing from Glasgow, you have various train station options to start your route from including Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen Street. When arriving in Birmingham, you can end your route in train stations like Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Glasgow Central, which is located around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Birmingham New Street, located 1.7 miles (2.7 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Birmingham from Glasgow is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 4 h 6 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Glasgow to Birmingham is May.
You have options as you can travel from Glasgow to Birmingham 3 different ways: coach, train or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Glasgow and Birmingham

Glasgow
Birmingham
Glasgow Central is the most popular Glasgow 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 Glasgow for your journey to Birmingham.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 05: 30 - 21: 30 | Sun: 09: 15 - 21: 30
Public transport options for Glasgow Central
Bus lines: 6, 7, 18, 21, 75, 263, 267, 500 Airport Express
Train lines: West Coast Main Line, ScotRail, Avanti West Coast, LNER, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Caledonian Sleeper
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Bus pick up / drop off on Gordon St.
Birmingham New Street is the most popular Birmingham train station for Omio travellers, but Birmingham has quite a few train hubs. Find all the information you need to know about the main railway stations in Birmingham for your journey from Glasgow.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
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.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
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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