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Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train

It takes an average of 5h 3m to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) by train, over a distance of around 245 miles (395 km). There are normally 34 trains per day travelling from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) and tickets for this journey start from £19.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 0m
PriceFrom £19.70
Distance245 miles (395 km)
Frequency34 trains per day
First train04:58
Last train18:15
Departure stationBirmingham
Arrival stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, Avanti West Coast

Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) for Tuesday 5th July 2022 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
06:03 On timebirmingham new street11:06 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 8 estimatedcrosscountry Peak5h 3m, direct
06:15 On timebirmingham new street10:18 On timeedinburgh (waverley)Plat. 6 estimatedavanti west coast Peak4h 3m, direct
06:30 On timebirmingham new street11:20 edinburgh (waverley)Plat. 9A estimatedcrosscountry Peak4h 50m, 1 change
07:03 birmingham new street12:04 edinburgh (waverley)Plat. 10A estimatedcrosscountry Peak5h 1m, direct
07:15 birmingham new street11:36 edinburgh (waverley)Plat. 3 estimatedavanti west coast Peak4h 21m, 1 change

Travelling from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train

Thinking about taking the train from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train? You've come to the right place! 

The train from Birmingham to Edinburgh usually takes around 4h 59m but can take just 4h 0m on the fastest services, with around 29 trains running on this popular route every day. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available.

This route is served by CrossCountry and Avanti West Coast. Just sit back and enjoy free WiFi and onboard cafe on both trains. The train from Birmingham to Edinburgh is a popular route for many in the UK and is certainly one of the most picturesque. From Birmingham New Street, you'll pass through the port city of Liverpool, followed by the seaside resort town of Blackpool, before passing through the Lake District National Park, so make sure to have your camera ready for some photos. Your whistle-stop tour will then conclude as you make your way towards Edinburgh.

If you want to save money, travel Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. You can also get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Ready to book? Start your search for train tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley)? 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 Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) take?

The average journey time by train between Birmingham and Edinburgh (Waverley) is 5 hours and 3 minutes, with around 34 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 Birmingham and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 4 hours and 0 minutes.

How much does the train from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) cost?

Train ticket prices from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) can start from as little as £19.70 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 Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) without having to change trains. There are 34 direct trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) leave?

The first train from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 04:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) leave?

The last train from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) leaves at 18:15. 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 Birmingham and Edinburgh (Waverley) by train?

Trains travelling from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) cover a distance of around 245 miles (395 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley).

Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley)

Train tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) start at £19.70 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 Birmingham to Edinburgh (Waverley) 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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