It takes an average of 2h 4m to travel from Birmingham to London by train, over a distance of around 101 miles (163 km). There are normally 169 trains per day traveling from Birmingham to London and tickets for this journey start from $8.20 when you book in advance.
From 1h 19m
101 miles (163 km)
169 trains per day
Direct trains available
Planning a trip to the capital and looking for more information on how to take the train from Birmingham to London? We’ve got you covered!
On average, it takes around 2 hours and 2 minutes to travel from Birmingham to London by train, but if you want to get there quickly, the fastest services will get you there in just 1 hour and 21 minutes. As there are around 139 direct services available, you can sit back and enjoy the journey as you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.
If you are traveling on this route, you will jump on a train at either Birmingham Moor Street or Birmingham New Street station. Depending on which station you depart from, you will travel on a service provided by either Avanti West Coast or Chiltern Railways. Whoever you end up traveling with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as comfortable seating and free WiFi. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at either London Marylebone or London Euston station.
If you’d like to buy the cheapest train tickets, try traveling at Off-Peak times, when tickets tend to be cheaper. Also, try booking an Advance ticket – they are usually released 12 weeks before departure date and are generally cheaper than buying on the day of travel.
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The average journey time by train between Birmingham and London is 2 hours and 4 minutes, with around 169 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Birmingham to London is 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Train tickets from Birmingham to London can start from as little as $8.20 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Birmingham to London without having to change trains. There are 169 direct trains from Birmingham to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Birmingham to London leaves at 04:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Birmingham to London leaves at 23:11. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Birmingham to London cover a distance of around 101 miles (163 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Birmingham.
If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Birmingham to London is right for you.
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I took the 16:50 train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston on Saturday 19 October 2019. The service called at Birmingham International, Coventry, Rugby and London Euston.
Departing from Birmingham New Street
Since the completion of its redevelopment in 2015, Birmingham New Street has become one of the most modern and impressive train stations in the country. As you approach the entrance, the station’s undulating metal roof is striking. There is a huge range of food outlets inside the station – I grabbed some food from LEON before departing. The upper concourse of the station is a buzzing hive of over 60 outlets and restaurants, and even connects to the Bullring shopping centre connects via the LinkStreet tunnel. The Bullring is a must-visit attraction in Birmingham, if not for the dizzying number of shops, then just to get a glimpse of the striking building design (it’s another excellent piece of modern architecture) and its famous bronze bull sculpture.
Boarding the Pendolino train
The train I took was the “Blackpool Belle” Pendolino train. The city’s crest was emblazoned on the side of the train. The Blackpool Belle Pendolinos were commissioned as part of Avanti West Coast's introduction of direct services to Blackpool. Its name is a homage to the service that took Lancashire workers to Blackpool for Saturday night dances from the 1930s to 1960s - immortalised in the 1993 song “Blackpool Belle” by the Houghton Weavers.
I had a seat right at the back of the train in Carriage A, the quiet carriage. This made for a pleasant and relaxing journey.
The on-board service
As I was in Standard Class, I didn’t benefit from the services afforded to First Class passengers. However, I did have access to the free on-board WiFi connection and Avanti West Coast’s own entertainment platform, Avanti Media. The WiFi connection was a bit slow but otherwise serviceable.
The onboard food carriage was located in Carriage C. There were loads of food options on offer, including hot eats, cold eats, snacks, chocolates, hot drinks and alcohol. Prices are higher than what you’d find in a high-street store, but not astronomical. A meal deal is £5.50 (sandwich, drink and a snack). Hot eats prices range from £2.60 for porridge to £4.20 for a chicken ciabatta; cold eats from £3.30 to £4.00; and hot drinks from £2.00 to £2.60. There are also some interesting alcohol choices, including craft beers, Pimm’s and prosecco.
The train journey itself
In terms of scenery, the journey isn’t particularly inspiring. There are a few interesting bits, though. As you leave New Street you get a good view of the Birmingham city skyline. There is also some pleasant countryside between Rugby and London, and as you approach Euston – about five minutes from the station – you'll see Wembley Football Stadium in the distance. I arrived at Euston slightly late due to some delays from bad weather.
Freddie’s top tip
Reserve a seat in advance. I reserved a forward-facing window seat in the quiet carriage which made for a very pleasant journey. All the information on my seat reservation was on my mobile ticket, which told me my carriage and seat number.
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