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Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham by train

It takes an average of 4h 48m to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham by train, over a distance of around 245 miles (395 km). There are normally 38 trains per day travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham and tickets for this journey start from £19.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 7m
PriceFrom £19.70
Distance245 miles (395 km)
Frequency38 trains per day
First train05:06
Last train18:52
Departure stationEdinburgh (Waverley)
Arrival stationBirmingham
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, Avanti West Coast

Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham train times

Check out the next trains departing from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham for Tuesday 8th November 2022 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
10:52 15:05 4h 13m, direct
11:06 16:04 4h 58m, direct
12:03 17:06 5h 3m, direct
12:12 16:50 4h 38m, 2 changes
12:52 16:58 4h 6m, 1 change
12:52 17:05 4h 13m, direct
13:05 18:06 5h 1m, direct
14:00 19:06 5h 6m, 1 change
14:52 19:17 4h 25m, direct
15:08 20:05 4h 57m, direct

Travelling from Edinburgh to Birmingham by train

Thinking about taking the train from Edinburgh to Birmingham? Look no further.

The train from Edinburgh to Birmingham usually takes around 4h 59m but can take just 4h on the fastest services, with around 49 trains running on this popular route every day. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available.

This route is served by CrossCountry and Avanti West Coast. Just sit back and enjoy free WiFi and a catering service offering a wide range of food and drinks on both trains. Leaving Edinburgh Waverley station, the train will take you through the Scottish Lowlands, past Carlisle and into the North of England. You'll pass the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales as you head further south, along with the industrial towns of Preston, Wigan and Crewe. As you travel past Wolverhampton, you'll next enter Birmingham, before arriving at New Street station.

If you want to snap up the cheapest fares, take the train during Off-Peak times. You can also get a Railcard if you’re travelling by train more than a few times a year – you'll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys.

Ready to book? Start your search for train tickets from Edinburgh to Birmingham 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham? 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham take?

The average journey time by train between Edinburgh (Waverley) and Birmingham is 4 hours and 48 minutes, with around 38 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) and Birmingham by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham is 4 hours and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham cost?

Train ticket prices from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham can start from as little as £19.70 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham without having to change trains. There are 38 direct trains from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham leave?

The first train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham leaves at 05:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham leave?

The last train from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham leaves at 18:52. 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 Edinburgh (Waverley) and Birmingham by train?

Trains travelling from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham cover a distance of around 245 miles (395 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham

Train tickets from Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham start at £19.70 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.

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 Edinburgh (Waverley) to Birmingham 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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