Visiting the Bull Ring or the Jewellery Quarter for some shopping? Just jump on a train from Manchester to Birmingham and in about an hour and a half you'll be strolling along the canals in this West Midlands city. The journey starts at Manchester Piccadilly and ends at Birmingham New Street train station right in the heart of the action. Book your tickets in advance if you want to take advantage of cheap train tickets.
Avanti West Coast offers direct and connecting trains from Manchester to Birmingham. A Standard Class ticket includes spacious seats, fold down tables and table seats, and free WiFi. If you’re travelling First Class you get the added bonus of complimentary snacks. These high-speed services whisk you through to Birmingham while you relax, use the WiFi to stream films and TV, or watch the lush countryside from the large windows. There's no checking the rear-view mirror or sitting in traffic here, as your train hits speeds of up to 125mph.
If you're ready to leave the stress of motorway driving behind you, use our Journey Planner at the top of this page to book your train today, or scroll down for FAQs about the Manchester to Birmingham route.
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The average journey time by train between Manchester and Birmingham is 1 hour and 35 minutes, with around 37 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Birmingham is 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Manchester to Birmingham can start from as little as £8.50 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Birmingham without having to change trains. There are 37 direct trains from Manchester to Birmingham each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Manchester to Birmingham leaves at 04:11. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Manchester to Birmingham leaves at 22:07. 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.
Trains travelling from Manchester to Birmingham cover a distance of around 70 miles (113 km) during the journey.
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 Manchester to Birmingham is right for you.
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.
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.