Trains to Birmingham

With its culture and heritage firmly rooted in the days of the Industrial Revolution, the spirit of innovation and the ‘can-do’ attitude is very much alive in the city with its independent and progressive outlook.

Located in the West Midlands, the city also works as the commercial centre for the East. Formerly a market town during the Medieval period, the city came to grow during the 18th Century Midlands Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution which came as a result, paving the way for modern industrial society. 


Popular Routes to Birmingham

Birmingham New Street Railway is the main station welcoming visitors to the city. Located in the centre of Birmingham, the station has step-free access throughout, toilets with baby changing facilities, shops and plenty of places to grab a bite throughout the station.


The most popular routes to and from Birmingham operate from the following stations:



Average Travel Time*



2 h 1 min



5 h 15 min



4 h 59 min



5 h 38 min

* Please note journey times are based on average and may vary depending on the rail provider and time of travel.

Cheap Tickets to Birmingham 

Railcards offer value for money if you travel by train, saving you at least 1/3 on most rail fares. With a bit of planning, buying tickets in advance can save you a pretty pound, and if the travel bug has you travelling a lot then a Railcard might be worth your while!

The Railcards available include:


·         16-25 Railcard

·         Two Together Railcard

·         Family & Friends Railcard

·         Senior Railcard

·         Veterans Railcard

·         Disabled Persons Railcard

·         26-30 Railcard

Visit the Railcard Website and buy a Railcard Now!

You may also want to check out our Regional Railcards to see if there are discounts for travelling to and from where you are. 


Under 5's

Travel free, accompanied by a fare-paying passenger.

5-15 year olds 

Are eligible for a 50% discount on most tickets, though proof of age may need to be carried where appropriate.

16-17 Saver 

Like a Railcard but with bigger discounts for anyone aged 16 or 17. 


When in Birmingham

Birmingham’s museums and galleries give great insight into the great minds, artists and inventors that have come from the city and provide inspiration and education for inquisitive minds. ThinkTank Science Museum is full of hands-on exhibitions for all ages to enjoy.  Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has an exhibit dedicated to the city’s history and is known for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.


Shopping in Birmingham is an experience in itself, with stores housed in beautiful historic arcades and historic markets. No matter what you’re after, Birmingham has everything from high street, luxury brands, independent stores and more.


A melting pot of various cultures, Birmingham offers a range of cuisines to match. Whether you’re after a quick bite, or going out for a special occasion, there are plenty of options to match your craving, budget and dietary requirements; you won’t go hungry with their selection of places to eat!

Explore and save


Interested in exploring more of what Birmingham and the West Midlands have to offer? Check out our Days Out Guide for great deals on attractions and activities.

Ready to go?

Use our Journey Planner and book your tickets now!

Last updated:   11 October 2021