Trains from

Edinburgh to Birmingham

  1. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 1A estimated
    0 changes
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  2. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9E estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 5A estimated
    0 changes
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  3. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2 estimated
    19:36
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2 estimated
    22:43
    Doncaster
    Platform 3A estimated
    23:35
    Doncaster
    Platform 3B estimated
    00:13
    Sheffield
    Platform 8B estimated
    05:31
    Sheffield
    Platform 5B estimated
    06:03
    Derby
    Platform 3 estimated
    06:10
    Derby
    Platform 1 estimated
    06:52
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 11B estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 11B estimated
    3 changes
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  4. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    21:00
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    00:45
    Leeds
    Platform 11 estimated
    06:11
    Leeds
    Platform 15 estimated
    08:08
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 11 estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 11 estimated
    1 change
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  5. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    22:13
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    01:43
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 13 estimated
    05:11
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 6 estimated
    06:57
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 1A estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 1A estimated
    1 change
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  6. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    05:40
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    07:02
    Newcastle
    Platform 4 estimated
    07:25
    Newcastle
    Platform 2 estimated
    10:27
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 10A estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 10A estimated
    1 change
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  7. Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 11 estimated
    0 changes
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  8. Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    06:52
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    10:33
    Wolverhampton
    Platform 2 estimated
    10:41
    Wolverhampton
    Platform 3 estimated
    10:58
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 2A estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 2A estimated
    1 change
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  9. Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8 estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 1 estimated
    0 changes
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  10. Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 10A estimated
    0 changes
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Journey information from Edinburgh to Birmingham

  • Train Fares from: £16
  • Fastest route:
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  • 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 Virgin Trains.

All 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.

To learn more, visit our Virgin Trains page for more information about their onboard services.

Alternatively, you can take the same 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 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 . The fastest journey time is . On an average weekday, there are 21 trains per day travelling from Edinburgh to Birmingham. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

    Avg. Duration
  • 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.

Find journey information for Birmingham to Edinburgh

Did you know you could also travel from Edinburgh to Birmingham by bus? Find out more about that journey here.

How to find cheap train tickets from Edinburgh to Birmingham

Did you know that most train companies in the UK increase their prices as the departure date approaches? Our aim is to help you save – we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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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 Edinburgh to Birmingham is right for you.

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*Average savings on all 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.