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Aberdeen to Birmingham by train

It takes an average of 8h 6m to travel from Aberdeen to Birmingham by train, over a distance of around 322 miles (518 km). There are normally 2 trains per day travelling from Aberdeen to Birmingham and tickets for this journey start from £31 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 7h 43m
PriceFrom £31
Distance322 miles (518 km)
Frequency2 trains per day
Departure stationAberdeen
Arrival stationBirmingham
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry

Aberdeen to Birmingham train times

Check out the next trains departing from Aberdeen to Birmingham for Thursday 6th May 2021 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.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
09:04 On timeaberdeen16:51 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 5 scotrail PeakGet tickets7h 47m, 3 changes
09:52 On timeaberdeen17:05 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 5 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Off PeakGet tickets7h 13m, 1 change
11:01 On timeaberdeen18:50 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 5 estimatedscotrail Off PeakGet tickets7h 49m, 3 changes
11:01 On timeaberdeen18:57 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 5 estimatedscotrail Off PeakGet tickets7h 56m, 2 changes
11:01 On timeaberdeen19:05 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 5 estimatedscotrail Off PeakGet tickets8h 4m, 1 change
11:45 On timeaberdeen19:51 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 4 estimatedscotrail Off PeakGet tickets8h 6m, 3 changes
13:13 On timeaberdeen20:58 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 4 estimatedscotrail Off PeakGet tickets7h 45m, 3 changes
13:56 On timeaberdeen21:04 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 3 estimatedscotrail Off PeakGet tickets7h 8m, 1 change
16:00 On timeaberdeen22:53 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 5 estimatedscotrail Off PeakGet tickets6h 53m, 1 change
21:43 aberdeen06:55 birmingham new streetPlat. 3 estimatedcaledonian sleeper PeakGet tickets9h 12m, 1 change

Travelling from Aberdeen to Birmingham by train

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).

Route information from Aberdeen to Birmingham

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.

Things to do in 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!

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Aberdeen 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 Aberdeen to Birmingham take?

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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from Aberdeen to Birmingham is 7 hours and 43 minutes.

How much does the train from Aberdeen to Birmingham cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Aberdeen to Birmingham?

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.

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

The first train from Aberdeen to Birmingham leaves at 07:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

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

Trains travelling from Aberdeen to Birmingham cover a distance of around 322 miles (518 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Aberdeen to Birmingham

Train tickets from Aberdeen to Birmingham start at £31 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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 Aberdeen 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.

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

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