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. Virgin Trains East Coast 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.