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Birmingham to Leeds by train

It takes an average of 2h 22m to travel from Birmingham to Leeds by train, over a distance of around 92 miles (147 km). There are normally 21 trains per day travelling from Birmingham to Leeds and tickets for this journey start from £24.20 when you book in advance.

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From 1h 56m


92 miles (147 km)


21 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £24.20

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Travelling from Birmingham to Leeds by train in less than 2 hours

Thinking about taking the train from Birmingham to Leeds and need more information about the journey? We've got you covered! 

Generally, it takes around 2 hours and 9 minutes to travel the 92 miles from Birmingham to Leeds by train, although you can get there in as little as 1 hour 58 minutes on the fastest services. On this route, you’ll normally find around 17 direct trains running each day, so you don’t need to worry about making any changes during your journey.  

If you’re travelling on this route, you’ll hop on a CrossCountry train at Birmingham New Street station. Once you’ve found your seat, you can begin to enjoy the onboard amenities, such as comfortable seating, free WiFi and generous luggage space. If you prefer to travel in style, upgrade to CrossCountry First Class and enjoy larger reclining seats, extra table space and complimentary food and drink. In less than 2 hours, your train will arrive at Leeds station. 

Once you’ve left the station, you’ll find yourself in the heart of Leeds. From here, you can begin to explore the city’s most famous landmarks. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our guide to the best things to do in Leeds including Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum. Also, if you’d like to see more of the local area, read our expert guide to 8 of the best day trips from Leeds

Looking to book cheap train tickets? Try travelling during Off-Peak times, as tickets are normally cheaper during quieter travel times on weekdays and weekends. If you tend to travel by train frequently, why not get a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. 

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Leeds in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for train timetables, FAQs and tips on how to find cheaper train fares. 

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Birmingham to Leeds? 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 Leeds take?

The average journey time by train between Birmingham and Leeds is 2 hours and 22 minutes, with around 21 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 Leeds by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Birmingham to Leeds is 1 hour and 56 minutes.

How much does the train from Birmingham to Leeds cost?

Train ticket prices from Birmingham to Leeds can start from as little as £24.20 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 Leeds?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Birmingham to Leeds without having to change trains. There are 21 direct trains from Birmingham to Leeds 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 Leeds leave?

The first train from Birmingham to Leeds leaves at 05:03. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Birmingham to Leeds leaves at 21:03. 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 Leeds by train?

Trains travelling from Birmingham to Leeds cover a distance of around 92 miles (147 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leeds to Birmingham. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Birmingham to Leeds.

Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Leeds

Train tickets from Birmingham to Leeds start at £24.20 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.

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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 Leeds 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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