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Introducing CrossCountry

CrossCountry trains provide one of the most extensive rail networks in the UK, whilst also avoiding London on all its routes. With all trains either calling at or terminating at Birmingham New Street, the train service has become a major connection network for passengers looking to continue their journey in all directions of the UK, all under one train operating company.

CrossCountry timetables, ticket prices, and travel information can all be found through our journey planner. Destinations on the CrossCountry service, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Bristol are all mentioned below, with an idea of things to do once you get there.

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Peak Hour

Peak Hours

Any train leaving before 09:30am and between 16:00 to 18:00pm in major cities.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Customer relations: 0371 244 2389

Twitter Customer Help: @crosscountryuk

Cycle Policy

Cycle Policy

All trains have space for 2 reserved and 1 unreserved bike, with reservations recommended.



First Class passengers receive complimentary WiFi with standard class paying a small fee.

First Class

First Class

First Class is available on all CrossCountry trains.

Lost Property

Lost Property

Visit the CrossCountry website to fill out a Lost Property form.

Edinburgh Waverley to Plymouth

Travelling direct between Edinburgh and Plymouth may not be a journey of choice, but this CrossCountry service is the main route for the rail network, calling at major stations such as Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield in the North, and Cheltenham, Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids in the south. Bringing these stations together on one line makes travel for all kinds of passengers a lot easier. With a stop at Birmingham New Street too, there is chance for customers to use other trains on the network to move to stations such as Manchester Piccadilly, Southend Airport or Cardiff Central.

There are a number of things to do in Plymouth. The coastal town in Devon offers people a great way to escape to the country and relax, able to enjoy a slower pace of life and take in the views of the British coastline. The National Marine Aquarium is a great place to learn about sea creatures and wildlife, and is a great place to take the kids to experience something fun and educational at the same time. Plymouth Hoe has become a popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike. With spectacular views of the English Channel, with the iconic Smeaton’s Tower as a backdrop, this is a wonderful place to watch the ships sail by or grab a bite to eat on the sea front.

Cheltenham Cleeve Hill

Discover where CrossCountry Trains can take you


Trains to Bristol


Trains to Edinburgh


Trains to Birmingham


Trains to Manchester

Cross Country Train at Bristol Temple Meads

CrossCountry Train Routes

CrossCountry trains also serve a wide selection of stations on the network, all through Birmingham New Street. Services to Manchester Piccadilly, Cardiff Central, Stansted Airport and Bristol Temple Meads all run on hourly services during off-peak times. Cheap train tickets can be booked in advance for these destinations with our journey planner. So if you plan on seeing a football game in Manchester, or want to get a flight from Stansted, booking in advance will give you peace of mind when travelling with CrossCountry.

With trains calling at many major cities and terminals, the rail network also provides connections with other train operating companies for onward journeys. East Midland Trains from Leeds and Virgin Trains from Manchester Piccadilly are just two options for passengers, who may want to travel into London on a different line.

About CrossCountry

Arriva UK Trains have operated the New Cross Country train franchise since 2007, with them pledging to increase services during peak times as of December 2017. First Class services are available on all trains, and with free WiFi, complimentary drinks and reclining seats, booking first class is a great way to travel with CrossCountry, with great views to take in during your journey.


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