The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Glasgow to Birmingham will cost around £ 116 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 58.
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Trains per day
Of the 5 train 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.
These direct train cover the 406 km distance in an average of 4h 34m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 3h 58m .
The slowest train will take 6h 6m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
4 hours 17 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||£69|
|Trains depart from:||Glasgow|
|Trains arrive in:||Birmingham|
|Train Companies:||Virgin Trains, Cross Country|
Two of the UK's largest cities are connected by direct rail services on the West Coast Main Line. Business travellers or holidaymakers planning a visit to the West Midlands can take direct trains from Glasgow to Birmingham New Street seven days a week. The quickest journey times are around four hours, with departures available from very early morning to early evening. Indirect connections with one change en route add to the options for the trip south.
Virgin Trains operate direct services from Glasgow Central to Birmingham New Street on the West Coast Main Line. Cross Country Trains also provide direct connections to Birmingham, although it is a slower stopping service. Indirect connections include Virgin Trains services with a change at Carlisle, or Virgin Trains services to Wolverhampton, changing to Cross Country connections to Birmingham.
The fastest connection on the 290-mile route south to Birmingham is a Virgin Trains departure taking three hours and 58 minutes to complete the trip from Glasgow. Cross Country Trains services take just over six hours to reach Birmingham. Indirect connections via Newcastle or Wolverhampton take around four hours and 30 minutes on average.
The Virgin Trains timetable from Glasgow to Birmingham includes one very early morning train then roughly hourly services from 8:00 a.m until the late afternoon. Cross Country direct trains operate every two hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are roughly two additional indirect connections every hour from early morning to early evening.
Departure train station: Glasgow Central Station is located in the centre of the city, with frequent bus connections arriving at stops on Union Street, Argyle Street and Hope Street, and Subway trains available from nearby St Enoch station. Facilities on the station concourse include a pub, a fast-food restaurant, a newsagent, a sandwich shop and taxi ranks.
Arrival train station: The ultra-modern Birmingham New Street Station is located in the city centre, served by numerous city buses with stops on Smallbrook Queensway and Hill Street. Facilities on the spacious concourse include luggage storage lockers, bakeries, coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, shops, supermarkets, WiFi, taxi ranks and more.