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.