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Birmingham to Glasgow by train

It takes an average of 5h 28m to travel from Birmingham to Glasgow by train, over a distance of around 252 miles (406 km). There are normally 24 trains per day travelling from Birmingham to Glasgow and tickets for this journey start from £18.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 55m
PriceFrom £18.50
Distance252 miles (406 km)
Frequency24 trains per day
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 Wednesday 12th May 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.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
23:09 On timebirmingham new street10:33 glasgow queen streetPlat. 11A crosscountry PeakGet tickets11h 24m, 4 changes
06:15 On timebirmingham new street10:38 On timeglasgow centralPlat. 6 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets4h 23m, 1 change
07:18 birmingham new street12:01 glasgow centralPlat. 5B estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets4h 43m, 1 change
08:20 birmingham new street13:03 glasgow centralPlat. 6B estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets4h 43m, 1 change
09:22 birmingham new street14:03 glasgow centralPlat. 4C estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets4h 41m, 1 change
10:15 birmingham new street14:39 glasgow centralPlat. 7 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets4h 24m, 1 change
10:22 birmingham new street15:16 glasgow centralPlat. 4C estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets4h 54m, 1 change
11:22 birmingham new street15:59 glasgow centralPlat. 4C estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets4h 37m, 1 change
12:03 birmingham new street18:12 glasgow centralPlat. 8A estimatedcrosscountry PeakGet tickets6h 9m, direct
12:22 birmingham new street17:11 glasgow centralPlat. 4C estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets4h 49m, 1 change

Travelling from Birmingham to Glasgow by train

There's a direct train route from Birmingham to Glasgow serviced by Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains).

Depending on the date and time of travel, you can either travel with Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry or TransPennine Express.

All the Avanti West Coast trains on this line come with a power socket seat on request, a buffet cart or carriage and a Quiet Coach. There's complimentary WiFi when sat in First Class, and a small fee to pay for those in Standard.

CrossCountry trains all come with a First Class option. There's a buffet car on most trains, if not, then there will be a buffet cart providing at-seat service. Most CrossCountry trains on this route feature a Quiet Coach and there's free WiFi if you travel in First Class (WiFi can be purchased for a small fee if you're seated in Standard).

All TransPennine Express trains offer free WiFi as standard for all classes. There's also First Class seating available on this service, where you receive complimentary refreshments, bigger seats and power sockets if you need to get some work done.

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.

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 28 minutes, with around 24 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 3 hours and 55 minutes.

How much does the train from Birmingham to Glasgow cost?

Train ticket prices from Birmingham to Glasgow can start from as little as £18.50 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 24 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 05:01. 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 £18.50 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.

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