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Glasgow to Birmingham by train

It takes an average of 6h 11m to travel from Glasgow to Birmingham by train, over a distance of around 252 miles (406 km). There are normally 2 trains per day travelling from Glasgow to Birmingham and tickets for this journey start from £19.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 9m
PriceFrom £19.70
Distance252 miles (406 km)
Frequency2 trains per day
First train06:48
Last train18:40
Departure stationGlasgow
Arrival stationBirmingham
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, Avanti West Coast

Glasgow to Birmingham train times

Check out the next trains departing from Glasgow to Birmingham for Thursday 11th August 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.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
04:28 glasgow central08:58 birmingham new streetPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 30m, 2 changes
04:28 glasgow central09:05 birmingham new streetPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 37m, 1 change
05:33 glasgow central10:04 birmingham new streetPlat. 2 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 31m, 1 change
06:30 glasgow central10:58 birmingham new streetPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 28m, 2 changes
06:30 glasgow central11:05 birmingham new streetPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 35m, 1 change

Travel from Glasgow to Birmingham by train in 4 hours 9 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Glasgow to Birmingham by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Glasgow to Birmingham by train is 6 hours 21 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 4 hours 9 minutes. You'll usually find 2 trains per day travelling the 252 miles (406 km) between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Birmingham. You'll be travelling with London North Eastern Railway, Avanti West Coast or ScotRail on your way to Birmingham, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Glasgow to Birmingham start from £19.70 when you book in advance, so use our Journey Planner to view the latest prices. Travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard are also great ways to save.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Birmingham, including FAQs, and tips on booking cheap train tickets. Check the timetable above for live train times or if you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Glasgow 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 Glasgow to Birmingham take?

The average journey time by train between Glasgow and Birmingham is 6 hours and 11 minutes, with around 2 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 Glasgow and Birmingham by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow to Birmingham is 4 hours and 9 minutes.

How much does the train from Glasgow to Birmingham cost?

Train ticket prices from Glasgow 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 Glasgow to Birmingham?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow to Birmingham without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Glasgow 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 Glasgow to Birmingham leave?

The first train from Glasgow to Birmingham leaves at 06:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Glasgow to Birmingham leave?

The last train from Glasgow to Birmingham leaves at 18:40. 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 Glasgow and Birmingham by train?

Trains travelling from Glasgow to Birmingham cover a distance of around 252 miles (406 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Birmingham

Train tickets from Glasgow 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 Glasgow 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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