There are direct trains every day from Aberdeen to Birmingham, operated by CrossCountry. However, the quickest way to get from point to point involves changing at Edinburgh Haymarket for an Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) service.
CrossCountry trains all come with a First Class option. There's a buffet car on most trains, if not, then there will be a buffet cart providing at-seat service. Most CrossCountry trains on this route also feature a Quiet Coach and there's free WiFi if you travel in First Class (WiFi can be purchased for a small fee if you're seated in Standard).
Starting your journey at Aberdeen, you can look forward to some breathtaking views of Scotland´s East coast and Dundee before heading to Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city.
Once you leave Edinburgh, the train takes you through the Lowlands of Scotland down into England, with yet more stunning East coast views to be seen. You'll pass through Newcastle, York, Leeds, Sheffield and the Peak District before heading to Birmingham.
Being the second biggest city in the United Kingdom, Birmingham has plenty to offer for all.
Birmingham's 19th-century canals are even bigger than Venice's, with several waterside attractions found along the waterways. For example, you can take a boat trip and discover the exceptional art galleries around this historic area of the city. Treat yourself to a unique meal and a fancy cocktail along the waterways, home to some great restaurants, secret bars and craft breweries.
Some of the other attractions not to be missed include the outstanding library of Birmingham, the Midlands Art Centre (MAC), specialised in contemporary theatre, dance, independent cinema and exhibitions, and the Botanical Gardens. Opened 200 years ago, these gardens cover everything from deserts to tropical rainforests!
The average journey time by train between Aberdeen and Birmingham is 8 hours and 6 minutes, with around 2 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 Aberdeen to Birmingham is 7 hours and 43 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Aberdeen to Birmingham can start from as little as £31 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Aberdeen to Birmingham without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Aberdeen to Birmingham each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Aberdeen to Birmingham leaves at 07:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Aberdeen to Birmingham leaves at 11:10. 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 Aberdeen to Birmingham cover a distance of around 322 miles (518 km) during the journey.
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 Aberdeen to Birmingham is right for you.
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