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Train Information between Manchester and Birmingham

distanceDistance70 miles (113 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 30 min
priceAverage train ticket price£36 (€41)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
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 30 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £36, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £23. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Birmingham New Street.

Train companies

Travel with CrossCountry from Manchester to Birmingham

You can travel by train between Manchester and Birmingham with CrossCountry for as low as £23. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best 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.

It’s easy to book your CrossCountry train ticket between Manchester and Birmingham online with Omio! Simply check the current CrossCountry train timetables for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route between Manchester and Birmingham as well as relevant travel information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap CrossCountry train tickets online. Prices for CrossCountry trains between Manchester and Birmingham start at £23 one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 70 miles (113 km). If you search for CrossCountry trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when travelling by train from Manchester to Birmingham. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Manchester to Birmingham CrossCountry train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!

Train information from Manchester to Birmingham with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 27 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 10 a day

When purchasing your CrossCountry train tickets between Manchester and Birmingham, keep the following coronavirus related policies and recommendations in mind outlined by our travel partner:

  • 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.

Travel Tips

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
What is the cost of cheap trains to Birmingham from Manchester?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Birmingham from Manchester to cost as little as £23  in the next 7 days.
How much does the train from Manchester to Birmingham cost on average?
If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Manchester to Birmingham train to cost on average £36  one way.
What is the distance by train from Manchester to Birmingham?
The Manchester to Birmingham train distance is approximately 70 miles (113 km).
What is the average Manchester to Birmingham train duration?
While the time it takes to travel 70 miles (113 km) between Manchester and Birmingham can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Manchester to Birmingham is on average 1 h 30 min.
What is the departure train station in Manchester and arrival train station in Birmingham?

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

Omio customers book a train from Manchester Piccadilly   to Birmingham New Street   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Manchester to go to Birmingham? Where is the train station in Birmingham located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, Manchester Piccadilly, located approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of Manchester. The most popular arrival train station in Birmingham, called Birmingham New Street, is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from its city centre.

What train companies offer a service between Manchester and Birmingham?
When taking a train from Manchester to Birmingham, you can count on Cross Country, West Midlands Railway or Avanti West Coast for the best way to get you to Birmingham. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service to Birmingham from Manchester and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
How many trains per day are there from Manchester to Birmingham?
On average, there are 25 trains a day from Manchester to Birmingham. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
What are the first and last departure train times from Manchester to Birmingham?
The earliest train departing from Manchester to Birmingham leaves at 07: 27. The last train departing from Manchester to Birmingham leaves at 09: 55. You can find the latest Manchester to Birmingham train timetable on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
When should I buy Manchester Birmingham train tickets to score the best deals?
If you buy Manchester to Birmingham train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £36. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains to Birmingham from Manchester. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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
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ParkingParking
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Ticket office hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales