The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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2 h 33 m
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Of the 6 trains that leave Watford for Birmingham every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||85 miles (137 km)|
|Average train duration||2 h 15 min|
|Average train ticket price||£14 (€16)|
|Train frequency||25 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 25 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast or London Midland|
Trains from Watford to Birmingham cover the 85 miles (137 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 15 min with our travel partners like West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast or London Midland. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £12, but the average price of train tickets is £14. Travellers depart most frequently from Watford Junction and arrive in Birmingham New Street.
Taking the train is by far the easiest and quickest way to travel from Watford to Birmingham. Trains depart several times an hour, seven days a week, so travellers have plenty of options around the clock. For those planning a trip abroad, Birmingham International Airport may be just as convenient to reach from Watford as the major London airports.
Virgin Trains and West Midlands Railway both offer many direct trains from Watford to Birmingham every day, at all times of day. West Midlands Railway provides the most frequent journeys and is the least expensive option, but Virgin Trains tend to be slightly faster. Both companies also offer indirect services in the early morning before 6 a.m. and in the late evening.
When travelling directly with Virgin Trains, the journey to Birmingham from Watford takes just one hour six minutes at the quickest. On average, a West Midlands Railway service takes around 30-40 minutes longer than a Virgin Trains service. The longest advertised journey is an early morning indirect service that departs just before 1:00 a.m. and takes five hours 21 minutes.
Travellers can expect to find over 40 direct trains per day along this route, up to around 48. There will also usually be an additional three to six indirect trains each day. In total, this works out to around three trains per hour every hour, including at weekends. One of these will be a Virgin Trains service and one to two will be West Midlands Railway services. The first regular, direct service of the day departs just before 6:00 a.m. and the last departs at 10:45 p.m.
Departure train station: Watford Junction is a centrally-located station and is a bus transport hub for the local area. Regular coach services run to Heathrow and Luton Airports, and it's possible to reach central London in just 16 minutes by train.
Arrival train station: Birmingham New Street has been recently revamped and is home to more restaurants, bars and shops than ever. The station is a major transport hub, not only for the local area but for the UK as a whole. Fast, direct trains depart for Birmingham International Airport every few minutes.
When taking a train from Watford, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Watford Junction, Watford High Street and Watford North. When you arrive in Birmingham, your train can arrive in train stations including Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham International.
Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Watford Junction to Birmingham New Street.
Passengers board their train most frequently from Watford Junction and travel around 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from the city centre to this train station.
Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Birmingham New Street and need to travel approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the train station to the city centre in Birmingham.
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