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    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6
    07:15
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6
    08:53
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3
    09:04
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4
    11:38
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    1 change
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    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 9
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    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 7 estimated
    0 changes
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    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 5 estimated
    09:15
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 5 estimated
    10:53
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 5 estimated
    11:03
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    13:29
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9E estimated
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    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 9A estimated
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    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 4 estimated
    0 changes
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    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 5 estimated
    11:15
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 5 estimated
    12:53
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    13:05
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    15:38
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
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    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    1 change
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Journey information from Birmingham to Edinburgh

  • Train Fares from: £18.50
  • Fastest route:
  • Slowest route:
  • Average journey time:
  • Changes: Direct

Travelling from Birmingham to Edinburgh Waverley by train

CrossCountry operates direct trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh, for a straightforward journey. Onboard, you can expect free WiFi if you’re sitting in First Class. For Standard ticket holders, there's a small fee for the service. Space is limited for bikes, with two spots for reserved bicycles and a third spot for whoever arrives first on the day. London North Eastern Railway (LNER) also run services between Birmingham and Edinburgh. Onboard there's free WiFi with any First Class seating option, while those in Standard will again have to pay a small fee for the service. All trains have space for five bikes but you’ll have to reserve a spot in advance.

Route information from Birmingham to Edinburgh

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.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh boasts plenty of attractions and is a welcome break for anyone interested in a city visit. Edinburgh Castle is the obvious and most popular sight to see, home to Scotland's crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Thanks to its elevated position on the hill of Castle Rock, you'll have a stunning view of the city's skyline.

Not to be missed is a trip down the Royal Mile, a strip connecting the castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland. Walking down the Royal Mile, you'll pass by stunning buildings, traditional shops and street performers, but don't forget to enjoy a pint at one of the many long-established pubs.

In the massive and family-friendly National Museum of Scotland, located in the old town, you can learn more about Scottish history and territory. Make sure not to leave the museum before seeing the Millennium clock tower and listening to its chimes.

During August there's the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the country’s top comedians come to perform new material for a wide range of audiences.

  • How long does it take to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train?

    The average journey time between Birmingham and Edinburgh is . On an average weekday, there are 29 trains travelling from Birmingham to Edinburgh. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

    Avg. Duration
  • What is the fastest journey from Birmingham to Edinburgh by train?

    The fastest journey time by train is .

  • How much does the train from Birmingham to Edinburgh cost?

    Train tickets from Birmingham to Edinburgh can start from as little as £18.50 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.

  • Are there direct trains from Birmingham to Edinburgh?

    Yes, it is possible to travel from Birmingham to Edinburgh without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from Birmingham to Edinburgh.

    Direct
  • What is the distance between Birmingham and Edinburgh?

    The distance between Birmingham and Edinburgh is 245 miles.

    Distance: 245 miles
  • What time is the first train from Birmingham to Edinburgh?

    The first train from Birmingham to Edinburgh departs at .

    What time is the last train from Birmingham to Edinburgh?

    The last train from Birmingham to Edinburgh departs at .

    First train
    Last train
    No sleeper services are available. There may also be fewer services on weekends and public holidays; use the Journey Planner above to search for a specific train on your chosen travel date.
  • 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?!'' Well, luckily we've put together a handy guide to all the variations of train ticket you may encounter on your travels.

    *Please note that not all types of train tickets are available for every journey. Factors such as the time, date and train company you'll be using can affect the availability of each one.

Birmingham to Edinburgh timetable

Check out the next trains departing from Birmingham to Edinburgh for Thursday 9th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable, or to search for a later time or date, click here.

DepartsArrivesDuration
07:1511:384h 23m, 1 change
08:0313:024h 59m, direct
09:1513:294h 14m, 1 change
10:0315:095h 6m, direct
11:1515:384h 23m, 1 change

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

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