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  1. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    12:12
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    14:45
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 6 estimated
    15:00
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 6 estimated
    15:43
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    15:54
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    16:51
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4B estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4B estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  2. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    12:12
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    14:45
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 6 estimated
    15:18
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    17:05
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 2 estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 2 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  3. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14
    12:15
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14
    13:05
    Glasgow Queen Street
    Platform 4
    13:05
    Glasgow Queen Street
    13:37
    Glasgow Central
    13:37
    Glasgow Central
    Platform 1 estimated
    16:42
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    16:53
    Crewe
    Platform 5 estimated
    17:50
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4B estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4B estimated
    3 changes
    Peak
  4. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8E estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 12B estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  5. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    14:12
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    16:48
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 6 estimated
    17:17
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 5 estimated
    18:33
    Wolverhampton
    Platform 4 estimated
    18:41
    Wolverhampton
    Platform 3 estimated
    18:57
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 1A estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 1A estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  6. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    18:11
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    21:24
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 13 estimated
    22:07
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 5 estimated
    23:37
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4M estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4M estimated
    1 change
    Peak

Journey information from Edinburgh to Birmingham

  • Train Fares from: £18.50
  • Fastest route:
  • Slowest route:
  • Average journey time:
  • Changes: Direct

Travelling from Edinburgh to Birmingham by train

From Edinburgh Waverley there's a direct train to Birmingham New Street operated by Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains).

All Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) offer WiFi (complimentary in First Class) and can carry up to four bikes free of charge, a service that has to be reserved in advance. All services offer First Class seating, with upgrades available on weekends and bank holidays.

Alternatively, you can take the same Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) service from Edinburgh and change onto a CrossCountry service, which will get you to Birmingham New Street slightly quicker.

Route information from Edinburgh to Birmingham

Leaving Edinburgh Waverley station, the Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) journey takes you through the Scottish Lowlands, past Carlisle and into the North of England. Passing 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.

Things to do in Birmingham

Birmingham is the second biggest city in the United Kingdom and has plenty to offer for the curious explorer.

The city's canals started the industrial revolution in the 19th-century. Boat trips take you along the City Heritage route, covering both the original James Brindley canal and Sir Thomas Telford’s.

The library of Birmingham is a great place to visit for book lovers. Opened in 2013, this amazing building has 10 levels, including one dedicated to Shakespeare.

Travellers interested in arts can visit an exhibition at the Midlands Art Centre (MAC), an arts complex specialised in contemporary theatre, dance and independent cinema.

Alternatively, you can escape the city centre and head to the Botanical Gardens. Opened 200 years ago, Birmingham Botanical Gardens cover everything from deserts to tropical rainforests. In the evening, why not check out the oldest working cinema in the UK? First opened in 1909, Birmingham´s Electric Cinema is well-worth a visit.

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

    The average journey time between Edinburgh and Birmingham is . On an average weekday, there are 49 trains travelling from Edinburgh to Birmingham. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

    Avg. Duration
  • What is the fastest journey from Edinburgh to Birmingham by train?

    The fastest journey time by train is .

  • How much does the train from Edinburgh to Birmingham cost?

    Train tickets from Edinburgh to Birmingham can start from as little as £18.50 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

  • Are there direct trains from Edinburgh to Birmingham?

    Yes, it is possible to travel from Edinburgh to Birmingham without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from Edinburgh to Birmingham.

    Direct
  • What is the distance between Edinburgh and Birmingham?

    The distance between Edinburgh and Birmingham is 245 miles.

    Distance: 245 miles
  • What time is the first train from Edinburgh to Birmingham?

    The first train from Edinburgh to Birmingham departs at .

    What time is the last train from Edinburgh to Birmingham?

    The last train from Edinburgh to Birmingham 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.
  • If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered ''Why are there so many?!'' Well, luckily we've put together a handy guide to all the variations of train ticket you may encounter on your travels.

    *Please note that not all types of train tickets are available for every journey. Factors such as the time, date and train company you'll be using can affect the availability of each one.

Edinburgh to Birmingham timetable

Check out the next trains departing from Edinburgh to Birmingham for Wednesday 27th May 2020. For the full train timetable, or to search for a later time or date, click here.

DepartsArrivesDuration
12:1216:514h 39m, 2 changes
12:1217:054h 53m, 1 change
12:1517:505h 35m, 3 changes
13:0518:065h 1m, direct
14:1218:574h 45m, 2 changes
18:1123:375h 26m, 1 change

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

Looking for other travel options? We also sell National Express coach tickets across the UK. Check out times and tickets for Edinburgh to Birmingham by bus.

How to find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Birmingham

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**Average savings on Advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.
Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.