Trains from

Edinburgh to Birmingham

  1. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2
    17:31
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2
    19:02
    Newcastle
    Platform 4
    19:35
    Newcastle
    Platform 3 estimated
    22:51
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4M estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 4M estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  2. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6A estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  3. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9E estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 3B estimated
    0 changes
    Peak
  4. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    20:14
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 10 estimated
    23:24
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 13 estimated
    23:38
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 5 estimated
    00:34
    Crewe
    Platform 1 estimated
    04:59
    Crewe
    Platform 11 estimated
    06:09
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6B estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 6B estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  5. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    21:00
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    00:43
    Leeds
    Platform 11 estimated
    06:11
    Leeds
    Platform 16 estimated
    08:08
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 11 estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 11 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  6. 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
    Peak
  7. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    23:30
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    00:27
    Glasgow Queen Street
    Platform 4 estimated
    00:27
    Glasgow Queen Street
    04:28
    Glasgow Central
    04:28
    Glasgow Central
    Platform 1 estimated
    06:54
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    07:17
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    08:33
    Wolverhampton
    Platform 2 estimated
    08:41
    Wolverhampton
    Platform 3 estimated
    08:58
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 3A estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 3A estimated
    4 changes
    Peak
  8. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    23:30
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    00:27
    Glasgow Queen Street
    Platform 4 estimated
    00:27
    Glasgow Queen Street
    04:28
    Glasgow Central
    04:28
    Glasgow Central
    Platform 1 estimated
    06:54
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    07:17
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    09:05
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 2 estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 2 estimated
    3 changes
    Peak
  9. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    23:30
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 14 estimated
    00:27
    Glasgow Queen Street
    Platform 4 estimated
    00:27
    Glasgow Queen Street
    05:49
    Glasgow Central
    05:49
    Glasgow Central
    Platform 4 estimated
    10:05
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 1 estimated
    on time
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 1 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  10. on time
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    05:40
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    07:02
    Newcastle
    Platform 3 estimated
    07:25
    Newcastle
    Platform 2 estimated
    10:27
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 10A estimated
    Birmingham New Street
    Platform 10A estimated
    1 change
    Peak

Journey information from Edinburgh to Birmingham

  • Train Fares from: £16.00
  • 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 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.
  • Savings tips for Edinburgh to Birmingham

    • If you take this train more than 3 times per week, you may be able save money with a Season Ticket. Find out more and see if you can buy a season ticket for Edinburgh to Birmingham here.
    • Use a railcard. National Railcards offer up to 1/3 off train tickets and offer great value for money if you travel by train several times a year. Find out more about railcards here.
    For more tips on saving money on train travel read our cheap train tickets guide here.

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