Trains from

Birmingham to Edinburgh

  1. on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4B
    21:57
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4B
    23:24
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 6 estimated
    04:30
    Manchester Piccadilly
    05:30
    Preston (Lancs)
    05:40
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    07:44
    Carstairs
    Platform DM estimated
    07:50
    Carstairs
    Platform 2 estimated
    08:34
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 7 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 7 estimated
    3 changes
    Peak
  2. on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4B
    21:57
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4B
    23:24
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 6 estimated
    06:26
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    09:38
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  3. on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 5B
    22:55
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 5B
    23:57
    Crewe
    Platform 11 estimated
    05:57
    Crewe
    Platform 6 estimated
    07:49
    Carlisle
    Platform 3 estimated
    08:12
    Carlisle
    Platform 3 estimated
    09:38
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  4. on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 2 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  5. on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 10 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  6. Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6 estimated
    07:15
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6 estimated
    09:59
    Carlisle
    Platform 1 estimated
    10:12
    Carlisle
    Platform 1 estimated
    11:35
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 15 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 15 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  7. Birmingham New Street
    Platform 7A estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  8. on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6 estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  9. on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 7M estimated
    on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 7 estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  10. Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6 estimated
    09:15
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6 estimated
    10:51
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    11:03
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    13:26
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    1 change
    Peak

Journey information from Birmingham to Edinburgh

  • Train Fares from: £16.00
  • 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. 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.

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

    The average journey time between Birmingham and Edinburgh is . The fastest journey time is . On an average weekday, there are 21 trains per day travelling from Birmingham to Edinburgh. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

    Avg. Duration
  • 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.
  • Savings tips for Birmingham to Edinburgh

    • If you take this train more than 3 times per week, you may be able save money with a Season Ticket. Find out more and see if you can buy a season ticket for Birmingham to Edinburgh here.
    • Use a railcard. National Railcards offer up to 1/3 off train tickets and offer great value for money if you travel by train several times a year. Find out more about railcards here.
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