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Train Information between Manchester and Birmingham

distanceDistance70 miles (113 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 31 min
priceAverage train ticket price£39 (€43)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersCross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Manchester to Birmingham cover the 70 miles (113 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 31 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £23, but the average price of train tickets is £39. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Birmingham New Street.

Train companies

CrossCountry trains between Manchester and Birmingham

CrossCountry trains will get you from Manchester to Birmingham 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 from Manchester to Birmingham you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

Find cheap tickets for CrossCountry trains between Manchester and Birmingham on Omio. Omio can help you find the best train deals and prices all in one place by showing you the most up-to-date Manchester to Birmingham train timetable from CrossCountry, the latest train ticket offers available and other travel information for the 70 miles (113 km) trip from Manchester to Birmingham, including information on luggage policy and amenities offered onboard depending on the class fare you pick and choose. If you search for trains from Manchester to Birmingham in the Omio app, you can check to see if the CrossCountry trains available are mobile tickets, which makes it even more convenient for you to go paperless when travelling. Check the CrossCountry train timetable for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route available to get to Birmingham from Manchester and then book a cheap train with ease. Sit back and enjoy your upcoming train between Manchester and Birmingham with CrossCountry!

When you buy your CrossCountry train tickets from Manchester to Birmingham don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

  • 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 Manchester to Birmingham

There are over 40 trains from Manchester to Birmingham running every weekday and at the weekend, with trains leaving at least every 30 minutes throughout the day. The journey is also quick, with services usually taking around one hour 30 minutes. 

Manchester to Birmingham train times: daily departures

There are dozens of regular trains between Manchester and Birmingham each day, with several providers. The first train of the day leaves from Manchester after 5:00 a.m. and the last train of the day departs at around 11:30 p.m.

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

Direct services on this route usually have a journey time of around one hour and 30 minutes. If there are one or two changes, the journey time can jump up to almost two hours. 

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

Departure train station: trains to Birmingham depart from Manchester's Piccadilly Station, in the south-east of the city. It is easy to get to, with a taxi rank, tram stop, and bus station, as well as cycle storage inside the station. It is 0.7 miles from Oxford Road Station and a 20-minute walk from Manchester University.

Arrival train station: trains from Manchester arrive at Birmingham's New Street Station. The busiest and largest station in Birmingham, it is only a couple of minutes' walk from a large bus terminal. It is also 0.3 miles from Snow Hill Station and next to many of the city's popular shops and restaurants.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Birmingham?

Trains between Manchester and Birmingham are provided by CrossCountry, West Midlands Railway, Virgin, and Arriva Trains Wales.

CrossCountry Manchester to Birmingham

Direct CrossCountry trains leave Manchester for Birmingham approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day, with a journey time of around one hour 30 minutes.

West Midlands Manchester to Birmingham 

West Midlands runs dozens of services a day, usually with a slightly longer journey time of around one hour 50 minutes, with one change in Stoke-On-Trent or Crewe. 

Virgin Manchester to Birmingham

Virgin runs around four services a day, mostly in the morning. Journeys last approximately one hour 40 minutes, and services may have one, two, or no changes.

Arriva Trains Wales Manchester to Birmingham

Arriva Trains Wales generally provides two trains between Manchester and Birmingham each day, leaving late at night. With a travel time of 6-7 hours, they usually change in Stockport or Crewe.

Manchester to Birmingham trains: services on board

CrossCountry, Virgin, West Midlands, and Arriva Trains Wales all offer first-class travel, and policies for pet owners are similar across all providers - you can generally take two pets per person, as long as they are on a lead or in a basket. All of the providers offer wheelchair-accessible trains and you can book assistance on and off the train with services like Journey Care. Bike and luggage policies vary depending on the provider and the route, but generally, as long as you book in advance you should be allowed to bring one bike per person. Luggage restrictions apply, with most companies recommending that you bring only one suitcase and that any buggies or prams need to be foldable due to the limited space onboard.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Birmingham?

If you're looking to save money on your train tickets, you may find that longer journeys with one or more changes are a lot cheaper. If you book in advance and you're flexible on your travel times, you're also likely to get a much better deal.

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Trains from Manchester to Birmingham
Travel by train 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 Manchester to Birmingham.
FAQs
How much does a cheap train to Birmingham from Manchester cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Birmingham from Manchester to cost as little as £23  in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Manchester to Birmingham on average?
If you’re looking to purchase tickets for this trip in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Manchester to Birmingham train prices are on average £39  one way.
What is the distance by train from Manchester to Birmingham?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Manchester and Birmingham via train to be approximately 70 miles (113 km).
How long is the train journey to Birmingham from Manchester?
On average the Manchester to Birmingham train time is 1 h 31 min  covering the 70 miles (113 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
Which train station from Manchester to Birmingham do I depart from? Which Birmingham train station from Manchester do I arrive in?

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

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

Where do I find the Manchester train station to Birmingham? Where is the Birmingham train station?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of Manchester.

The most popular arrival train station, Birmingham New Street, is located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre of Birmingham.

What train companies go from Manchester to Birmingham?
Take the Manchester to Birmingham train with Cross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the journey to Birmingham from Manchester as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
When does the first train depart from Manchester to Birmingham? When does the last train depart from Manchester to Birmingham?
The first Manchester to Birmingham train departs at 07: 27   and the last train from Manchester to Birmingham leaves at 08: 55. Check out the most up-to-date Manchester to Birmingham train timetable on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I purchase a train ticket from Manchester to Birmingham to get the best deals?
If you book Manchester to Birmingham train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £39. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains to Birmingham from 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

Manchester
Birmingham
Manchester Oxford Road
Amenities
Manchester Piccadilly
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
Manchester Victoria
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