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Birmingham to Glasgow by train

It takes an average of 5h 11m to travel from Birmingham to Glasgow by train, over a distance of around 252 miles (406 km). There are normally 5 trains per day travelling from Birmingham to Glasgow and tickets for this journey start from £26.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 2m
PriceFrom £26.20
Distance252 miles (406 km)
Frequency5 trains per day
First train06:29
Last train19:15
Departure stationBirmingham
Arrival stationGlasgow
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, Avanti West Coast

Birmingham to Glasgow train times

Check out the next trains departing from Birmingham to Glasgow for Tuesday 21st December 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.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:15 16:40 4h 25m, 1 change
13:15 18:01 4h 46m, 1 change
14:15 18:41 4h 26m, 1 change
15:15 19:30 4h 15m, 1 change
16:15 20:41 4h 26m, 1 change
17:15 21:44 4h 29m, 1 change
18:15 22:39 4h 24m, 1 change
18:19 23:09 4h 50m, 2 changes
19:15 23:17 4h 2m, direct
19:38 00:06 4h 28m, 1 change

Travelling by train from Birmingham to Glasgow

Looking to travel from Birmingham to Glasgow by train? You've come to the right place!

The train from Birmingham to Glasgow usually takes around 5h 28m but can take just 3h 55m on the fastest services, with around 24 trains running on this popular route every day. There’s no need for any changes along the way either, as there are direct trains available to your destination.

You'll be travelling with Avanti West Coast or CrossCountry on this route. Just sit back and enjoy free WiFi and a catering service offering a wide range of food and drinks on both trains. The train from Birmingham to Glasgow takes you through the heart of England, crossing the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lake District, before heading to Southern Scotland. So, make sure you have your camera at the ready and grab a window seat for some amazing shots.

To snap up the cheapest fares, book an Off-Peak time – train tickets from Taunton to London are usually cheaper when you travel Off-Peak compared to taking the train at Peak times. If you want to save even more, get a Railcard – you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.

Ready to book? Start your search for train tickets from Birmingham to Glasgow 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 Glasgow? 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 Glasgow take?

The average journey time by train between Birmingham and Glasgow is 5 hours and 11 minutes, with around 5 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 Glasgow by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Birmingham to Glasgow is 4 hours and 2 minutes.

How much does the train from Birmingham to Glasgow cost?

Train ticket prices from Birmingham to Glasgow can start from as little as £26.20 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 Glasgow?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Birmingham to Glasgow without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Birmingham to Glasgow 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 Glasgow leave?

The first train from Birmingham to Glasgow leaves at 06:29. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Birmingham to Glasgow leaves at 19:15. 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 Glasgow by train?

Trains travelling from Birmingham to Glasgow cover a distance of around 252 miles (406 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Glasgow

Train tickets from Birmingham to Glasgow start at £26.20 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 Birmingham to Glasgow 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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