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London to Birmingham by train

It takes an average of 2h 4m to travel from London to Birmingham by train, over a distance of around 101 miles (163 km). There are normally 173 trains per day traveling from London to Birmingham and tickets for this journey start from $8.54 when you book in advance.

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Journey time

From 1h 16m


101 miles (163 km)


173 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $8.54

Train operators

Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways

London to Birmingham train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Birmingham for Monday May 20th 2024 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
5:31 am On timelondon euston7:44 am birmingham new streetavanti west coast PeakGet tickets2h 13m, 1 change
5:35 am On timelondon euston8:14 am On timebirmingham new streetwest midlands trains PeakGet tickets2h 39m, direct
6:04 am london marylebone8:05 am birmingham moor streetPlatform 3 estimatedchiltern railways PeakGet tickets2h 1m, direct
6:10 am london euston7:46 am birmingham new streetavanti west coast PeakGet tickets1h 36m, 1 change
6:16 am london euston7:48 am birmingham new streetavanti west coast PeakGet tickets1h 32m, direct

Traveling from London to Birmingham by train

Planning a day trip to the UK’s “Second City” and need more information on the train journey from London to Birmingham? We’ve got you covered! 

Usually, it takes around 2 hours and 1 minute to travel the 101 miles from London to Birmingham by train. However, if you want to get to Birmingham in a hurry, the fastest services will take you there in just 1 hour and 22 minutes. With around 153 direct trains running on this popular route each day, you can make yourself comfortable as you don’t need to make any changes along the journey.  

If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board a train operated by Avanti West Coast at London Euston station. Once you’ve found a seat, you can start to enjoy the onboard amenities, including free WiFi, power sockets and onboard entertainment. Fancy treating yourself? Upgrade to Avanti West Coast’s Standard Premium or First Class. With the latter, you’ll receive complimentary food and drink, bigger seats, more legroom and a guaranteed table.   

Once you’ve left the station, you can start to explore everything the birthplace of heavy metal has to offer. Not sure where to start? Read our guide to the best things to do in Birmingham, including essential trips to Cadbury World, the Bullring Shopping Centre and the Thinktank – a science museum offering you the chance to try out new technology. Or if cricket's more your thing, find out everything you need to know about watching cricket in England, including in Birmingham. If you're looking for a hotel in Birmingham but are not sure which one to pick, check out our guide to the best hotels in Birmingham

Hoping to snap up the cheapest train tickets? Try traveling Off-Peak – tickets are generally cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. If you’d like to save even more, try booking an Advance ticket. They are usually released 12 weeks before the departure date and tend to be cheaper than purchasing tickets on the day of travel.  

Keen to book? There’s no need to wait, start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Birmingham today. Just head to our Journey Planner at the top of the page to get started! If you’d like to find out a bit more about the journey first, scroll down for our train timetables, tips on booking cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times. 

FAQs for London to Birmingham

Want to know more about your journey from London to Birmingham? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Birmingham take?

The average journey time by train between London and Birmingham is 2 hours and 4 minutes, with around 173 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.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Birmingham by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Birmingham is 1 hour and 16 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Birmingham cost?

Train tickets from London to Birmingham can start from as little as $8.54 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.

Is there a direct train from London to Birmingham?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Birmingham without having to change trains. There are 173 direct trains from London to Birmingham each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Birmingham leave?

The first train from London to Birmingham leaves at 04:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Birmingham leave?

The last train from London to Birmingham leaves at 23:30. 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.

What's the distance between London and Birmingham by train?

Trains travelling from London to Birmingham cover a distance of around 101 miles (163 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Birmingham to London.

Cheap train tickets from London to Birmingham

Train tickets from London to Birmingham start at $8.54 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

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 London to Birmingham is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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What are my ticket options for this journey?

If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered "Why are there so many?!" To help, we've put together a handy guide to the main UK ticket types, simply tap the one you’re interested in to find out more.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

A fast, comfortable and easy journey to Birmingham

I arrived at Euston via the underground station. At the time of writing (August 2019) you needed to exit the underground into the piazza and enter back into the train station. The piazza is undergoing redevelopment work and they’re looking to turn it into a hub of restaurants and shops.

Entering Euston, you’re faced with a gigantic departures board suspended from the ceiling. People tend to gather underneath – it gets rather crowded at peak times – but it wasn’t too busy at mid-morning on a Friday. The platform entrances line the wall behind the board, numbering 1-16 from right to left as you face it. There are various fast food outlets nestled between the platform entrances; the first floor of the station houses sit-down restaurants.

Unlike most of my train journeys, I’d left myself plenty of time before the scheduled departure. I headed to the ticket machines (located at the back left of the station as you face the departures board) to print off my ticket. There are plenty of machines so I wasn’t left queuing for my ticket. I grabbed a bottle of water from WHSmiths and a coffee from a small doughnut shop tucked away opposite platform 1 - Dum Dum Donutterie. I was dismayed to later find out that ‘donutterie’ is not a real word.

Boarding the train

Having entered my seating preferences while booking through Trainline, I had reserved a window seat in coach B. This was right at the front of the train so it took a couple of minutes to walk to my carriage. The famous "Pendolino" logo adorned the side of the train.

The service on board

Being in Standard Class, I didn’t benefit from the service available to First Class passengers. However, I did have a peek into the First Class carriage for the purposes of this review and looked rather nice! Seats are arranged in a 2x1 format (as opposed to 2x2 in Standard), every seat has a reading light and hot drinks are served in proper china.

Standard Class was perfectly comfortable, however. My seat had a fold-out table and plug socket, and I had the option of using "The Shop" in carriage C to buy a drink or snack. A meal deal is £5.50, or a piece of cake with a hot drink is £3.50. The free-on-board WiFi was serviceable – cutting out in places but otherwise reliable. Streaming services are blocked on the WiFi but Avanti West Coast do offer their own free-on-board streaming portal, "Avanti Media". You’ll have to download the Avanti Media App to use it.

The journey

But for a handful of pleasant stretches of countryside, the journey isn’t particularly scenic. But it is super quick. I arrived into Birmingham New Street in just under an hour and a half, a few minutes after the scheduled arrival time. The Avanti West Coast service is significantly faster than the London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street route, which usually takes over two hours. While Avanti West Coast tickets are more expensive, my Super Off-Peak ticket combined with a 16-25 Railcard got me a very good deal indeed!

Freddie's Top Tip:

Make sure you secure a table seat on the window side if you want to guarantee yourself a plug socket.

Freddie, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between London and Birmingham.

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