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Manchester to Birmingham by train

It takes an average of 1h 35m to travel from Manchester to Birmingham by train, over a distance of around 70 miles (113 km). There are normally 37 trains per day travelling from Manchester to Birmingham and tickets for this journey start from £8.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 28m
PriceFrom £8.50
Distance70 miles (113 km)
Frequency37 trains per day
Departure stationManchester
Arrival stationBirmingham
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsCrossCountry, Avanti West Coast

Manchester to Birmingham train times

Check out the next trains departing from Manchester to Birmingham for Saturday 8th May 2021 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
16:27 On timemanchester piccadilly17:58 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 7 crosscountry Off PeakGet tickets1h 31m, direct
16:31 On timemanchester piccadilly18:24 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 9 transport for wales Off PeakGet tickets1h 53m, 2 changes
16:31 On timemanchester piccadilly18:50 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 9 transport for wales Off PeakGet tickets2h 19m, 1 change
17:27 On timemanchester piccadilly18:58 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 4 estimatedcrosscountry Off PeakGet tickets1h 31m, direct
17:31 On timemanchester piccadilly19:51 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 10 estimatedtransport for wales Off PeakGet tickets2h 20m, 1 change
18:27 On timemanchester piccadilly19:58 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 7 estimatedcrosscountry Off PeakGet tickets1h 31m, direct
18:31 On timemanchester piccadilly20:50 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 10 estimatedtransport for wales Off PeakGet tickets2h 19m, 1 change
19:27 On timemanchester piccadilly20:59 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 4 estimatedcrosscountry Off PeakGet tickets1h 32m, direct
19:35 On timemanchester piccadilly21:25 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 8 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets1h 50m, 1 change
19:38 On timemanchester piccadilly21:55 On timebirmingham new streetPlat. 14 estimatedeast midlands railway Off PeakGet tickets2h 17m, 2 changes

Taking the train from Manchester to Birmingham

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.

Find out more information about how to buy cheap train tickets to Birmingham.

Journey details

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

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Manchester and Birmingham by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Birmingham is 1 hour and 28 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to Birmingham cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Manchester to Birmingham?

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.

What time does the first train from Manchester to Birmingham leave?

The first train from Manchester to Birmingham leaves at 04:11. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

What's the distance between Manchester and Birmingham by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Birmingham cover a distance of around 70 miles (113 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Birmingham to Manchester. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Manchester to Birmingham.

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Birmingham

Train tickets from Manchester to Birmingham start at £8.50 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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 Manchester 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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