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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Birmingham

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

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Avanti West Coast
10:352h40
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:15Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
1 change
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West Midlands Railway
11:072h11
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:18Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
1 change
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Cross Country
09:271h29
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
10:56Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
West Midlands Railway
10:301h48
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:18Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
1 change
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Cross Country
10:261h32
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:58Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
0 changes

Train timetableManchester to Birmingham

Showing trains for tomorrow, Sunday, 16 June
Cross Country
08:261h30
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
09:56Birmingham New Street (BHM)
0 changes
Cross Country
09:271h29
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
10:56Birmingham New Street (BHM)
0 changes
Cross Country
10:261h32
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:58Birmingham New Street (BHM)
0 changes
West Midlands Railway
10:301h48
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:18Birmingham New Street (BHM)
1 change
Avanti West Coast
10:352h40
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:15Birmingham New Street (BHM)
1 change
West Midlands Railway
11:072h11
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:18Birmingham New Street (BHM)
1 change

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Train times from Manchester to Birmingham

Showing times and prices for 16 Jun

Fastest Journey

1 h 29 m

Average

1 h 51 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

113 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for Birmingham every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Cross Country
09:271h29
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
10:56Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
08:261h30
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
09:56Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
10:261h32
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:58Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
0 changes
West Midlands Railway
10:301h48
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:18Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
1 change
West Midlands Railway
11:072h11
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:18Birmingham New Street (BHM)
£561One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Birmingham

distanceDistance70 miles
durationAverage train duration1 h 30 min
priceAverage train ticket price£31 (€35)
frequencyTrain frequency20 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 11 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCrossCountry, West Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains, Transport for Wales or Northern Rail (3)

Trains from Manchester to Birmingham cover the 70 miles long journey taking on average 1 h 30 min with our travel partners like CrossCountry, West Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains, Transport for Wales or Northern Rail (3). Normally, there are 20 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £8, but the average price of train tickets is £31. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Birmingham New Street.

Train providers: CrossCountry, West Midland Trains and Virgin Trains trains Manchester to Birmingham

Travel to Birmingham from Manchester from £17 with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry, West Midland Trains and Virgin Trains! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient route for you.

Avanti West Coast is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates high-speed trains between London and major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The company offers a range of ticket types, including Standard, First Class and Advance tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drinks. The most popular routes for Avanti West Coast are London to Birmingham, London to Manchester and London to Glasgow. The company operates a fleet of Pendolino and Super Voyager trains, which offer a smooth and comfortable journey.

Train information from Manchester to Birmingham with Virgin Trains:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 3 min
  • Cheapest Price: £23
  • Virgin Trains frequency: 5 a day

Trains from Manchester to Birmingham

Among the fastest ways to connect Manchester and Birmingham involves taking affordable trains that service the route, an approximately 70 mile (113 km) stretch. The journey from Manchester to Birmingham by train lasts roughly 1h 30min if direct; however, some journeys may have one or two changeovers. The longest duration a train to Birmingham from Manchester has is around 2 hours. Passengers travelling from Manchester to Birmingham can choose from an estimated 45 daily departures. The number of daily trips remains static on weekdays and weekends.

Manchester to Birmingham Train Time: Daily Departures

Nearly 45 trains travel from Manchester to Birmingham every day throughout the week. Thus, the route receives roughly 315 weekly departures. If you need to get to Birmingham early in the morning, you can catch the first departure around 05:00 and arrive at about 07:00. After this early trip, up to three trains leave Manchester for Birmingham every hour. On weekdays, the last departure exits the terminal in Manchester at roughly 22:00 and reaches its destination at approximately 23:30. However, weekend trains finish their trips slightly earlier, as the last departure has an exit time of about 21:30.

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

If you board one of the trains from Manchester to Birmingham for a direct trip, it may take you an estimated 1h 30min to travel. But not all trains are direct, which translates to longer travel times. Trips with two changeovers can last nearly 2 hours. Some of the places you may have a layover include Crewe, Tamworth and Stock.

Downtown Manchester. Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train station: When you take a train from Manchester to Birmingham, Manchester Piccadilly will be the departure terminal. Usually, the station is busy but has the required security to keep it safe. Between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester city centre, there is a distance measuring nearly 0.9 miles (1.4 km). Without luggage, it is enjoyable strolling towards downtown Manchester from the terminal. The walk takes about 15min. Taxis, which connect Manchester Piccadilly and central Manchester in approximately 10min, can also serve you. Stagecoach Manchester buses, a cheap transfer means, get to the city centre in about 10min as well. At Manchester Piccadilly, you can use amenities like toilets and Wi-Fi at no cost. There are also parking spaces, luggage-storage services, ticket offices, shops, restaurants and lounges where you can relax and read a magazine. Assistants to help people with disabilities are also available.

Arrival train station: Birmingham New Street is the terminal where a Manchester to Birmingham train arrives. Since the terminal is about 0.3 miles (0.4 km) from central Birmingham, it is possible to walk to the city centre in almost 5min. In a cab, travelling from Birmingham New Street to downtown Birmingham requires roughly 10min. Buses are not available for the short trip. Birmingham New Street is a modernised terminal with amenities like free Wi-Fi, lockers to keep luggage, cash points and retail stores. Passengers with disabilities can get assistance at this terminal.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Birmingham?

CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast and West Midlands Trains work to provide trains from Manchester to Birmingham. CrossCountry is the oldest of the travel firms, having commenced services in 2007. CrossCountry and Avanti West Coast trains have an average speed of 125 mph (200 kph), while West Midlands Trains travel slower, at approximately 110 mph (177 kph). While the companies are private enterprises, the largest investors in CrossCountry and Avanti West Coast are British. On the other hand, West Midlands Trains is a Dutch and Japanese holding company’s subsidiary.

Night trains Manchester

Roughly five night trains are available for passengers in Manchester who wish to get to Birmingham. At roughly 19:00, the first night train for the Manchester-Birmingham rail route starts its voyage. The long-distance locomotive takes about 2 hours to travel there and reaches Birmingham around 21:30. On weekdays, the last night train you can take is at about 22:00; however, you might need to get to Manchester Piccadilly early on weekends, since the last Manchester to Birmingham train departs at approximately 21:30.

CrossCountry trains from Manchester to Birmingham

CrossCountry provides nearly 16 trips from Manchester to Birmingham. The company’s trains don’t have changeovers and maintain a medium speed of around 125 mph (200 kph). On average, they take 1h 30min to finish their journeys.

West Midlands Trains trains from Manchester to Birmingham

West Midlands Trains generally runs the most affordable trains from Manchester to Birmingham. The company offers around 25 trips per day, which last around 2 hours. Most train rides are not direct and can have stops at Stoke-on-Trent or Crewe.

Avanti West Coast trains from Manchester to Birmingham

Some of the faster Manchester to Birmingham trips are by Avanti West Coast. The company runs approximately four departures, with durations of roughly 1h 30min. While some Avanti West Coast journeys are direct, others feature stopovers in Crewe, Stafford or Nuneaton.

Trains from Manchester to Birmingham: Sustainability travel

Through environmental management systems, CrossCountry ensures its trains make the world greener. The company’s leadership spearheads several environmental conservation initiatives, to reduce pollution from trains. West Midlands Trains implement favourable disposal mechanisms and carbon-emission-cutting strategies to reduce pollution. From time to time, the company presents an environmental and sustainability report that outlines new conservation targets and what West Midlands Trains is doing to achieve them. With Avanti West Coast, the philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle is widely implemented. For example, the company uses leak detection systems to avoid water loss. Further, Avanti West Coast monitors and consistently reduces energy consumption in their trains and terminals.

Train Manchester to Birmingham: Services on Board

The commendable services provided aboard the Manchester-Birmingham trains coupled with affordable fares give you an ideal travel experience. On CrossCountry, West Midlands Trains and Avanti West Coast trains, standard and first-class seating classes are available. Some of the services you can expect are power points for device charging and Wi-Fi. You can also find toilets equipped with baby-changing tables. If you prefer some coffee, snacks or hot food on board, you may have to travel first class. The luxurious seating class has widely spaced, padded seats. If you need your pet on the train, Manchester to Birmingham trains will not charge you. However, you may have to pay extra if you have more than one animal with you. When it comes to free luggage transport, CrossCountry allows one item, while Avanti West Coast allows two. On West Midlands Trains, three luggage pieces are allowable. If your bag is small, you can tuck it under the seat in front of you or the overhead compartment. Also, bringing your folded bike on the train is free. The three companies provide care for disabled passengers through trained staff members.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Birmingham?

Trains from Manchester to Birmingham offer travel discounts from time to time. You can reduce your transport expenses by buying a flexible ticket through Omio, so you can travel when maximum discounts are available. Also, slower trains that allow stopovers generally charge less than high-speed rides. For even cheaper train tickets, be sure to book a seat on the train in advance of the day you travel to Birmingham from Manchester.

Guardian statue in Birmingham. Source: Shutterstock

To Birmingham by train—travel tips

Heritage enthusiasts, art lovers and outdoor admirers will find Birmingham a city to reckon with. Kick off your visit by checking out the interactive exhibit at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which tells of Birmingham’s past. You can explore even more history at the University of Birmingham campus, in the educational Lapworth Museum of Geology or the Library of Birmingham. For some fresh outdoor air, stroll around Cannon Hill Park or the expansive green fields of Winterbourne House and Garden. Further, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are available to dazzle you with outstanding arts. Before waving goodbye to the city, be sure to experience local dishes at the top restaurants in Birmingham.

  • Opheem
  • The Ivy Temple Row
  • Original Patty Men Birmingham
  • The Beeches Hungry Horse
  • Gianmarco’s
  • La Galleria
  • SAW BBQ

FAQs: Manchester to Birmingham train

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester 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
Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Birmingham can start from as little as £8 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Birmingham is £31; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The average journey time by train from Manchester to Birmingham is 1 h 30 min   to travel the 70 mile long route, with around there are 20 trains per day. Journey times can vary on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Birmingham leaves at 07: 03. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Birmingham leaves at 22: 04.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Birmingham without having to change trains with CrossCountry or Virgin Trains. There are 11 direct trains from Manchester to Birmingham each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
When taking a train from Manchester to Birmingham, you can count on CrossCountry, West Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains, Transport for Wales or Northern Rail (3) for the best way to get you to Birmingham. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service between Manchester and Birmingham and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 22: 04.

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your route from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When arriving in Birmingham, you can end your route in train stations like Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International and Birmingham Moor Street.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.5 miles (767 m) 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 day trip to Birmingham from Manchester is worth doing with a journey time of 1 h 30 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Manchester to Birmingham by train is April.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel to Birmingham from Manchester including taking a train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and Birmingham

Manchester
Birmingham
Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester 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 Manchester for your journey to Birmingham.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Public transport options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales
Manchester AirportWifiShoppingParkingATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Airport
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail Replacement bus services depart from stands L & M of the adjacent Bus Station which is situated close to the ticket office.
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Victoria
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick up point is on Station Approach (M3 1WY) directly outside the station main entrance, outside the M & S shop.
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Oxford Road
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick Up / Drop Off at the bus stops on Whitworth St West (200 yards from station) (station side for Liverpool, opposite side for Piccadilly)
Manchester Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road or DeansgateAccessibility
Amenities at station
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