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Birmingham may not be the capital of Alabama, but it does hold the crown as both the cultural and entertainment capital of the Cotton State. The second-most populous city, Birmingham was founded during the Reconstruction Period, which followed the American Civil War.

Quietly going about its business as an industrial powerhouse, producing much of America's iron and steel, Birmingham didn't enter the world's consciousness until the Civil Rights Movement one hundred years later. It’s one of the 8 iconic cities on our Martin Luther King, Jr. road trip, as it’s the city where Dr. King wrote his famous “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.” When visiting, be sure to stop at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to learn more about the city’s civil rights history.

Today known as America's 'Magic City,' new life has been blown into downtown Birmingham in recent years. Its streets have been cleaned up, allowing the city's historical gems such as the Alabama Theater to shine once more both by day and by night.

The Birmingham Museum of Art contains the most extensive collection of artworks in the southeastern United States. It's connected to the nightlife districts of Five Points South, Lakeview, and Uptown by a series of charming tree-lined public squares. Close by Five Points South also lies Red Mountain's Vulcan Park, home to the world's largest cast-iron statue. It was made for the St. Louis World Fair of 1904.

Birmingham is an important regional hub linking the Deep South, the Appalachian Mountains, and Piedmont. Travelers can easily reach other noteworthy destinations in the U.S., including Dallas, Phoenix, and Montgomery, thanks to the hundreds of bus and train routes to and from Birmingham.

What train companies travel to Birmingham, Alabama?

Located in Alabama, Birmingham is accessible by train from 157 other cities. You can choose from 196 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Birmingham on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Birmingham

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1401d 17h 48m$356.33
Amtrak Crescent3015h 45m$170.02
  • Amtrak


    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom.

Which train service has the best service to Birmingham?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Birmingham by train with Amtrak Crescent giving them a 4.5 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Crescent had the most comfortable train service to Birmingham taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Crescent offers. They rate Amtrak Crescent a 4.3 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to Birmingham punctually travelers suggest that Amtrak Crescent has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Birmingham, rating them a 4.1 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Birmingham?

$11.51 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Birmingham, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Birmingham. In the last month, trains from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham had the lowest average price at $11.51.

Where is the train station in Birmingham, AL?

The main train station in Birmingham is Intermodal Facility. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Birmingham.

What is the closest airport to Birmingham, AL?

The closest airport to Birmingham is Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Intl Airport (BHM), it is located 4.1 miles from the city center of Birmingham.

Is Birmingham a popular train travel destination?

Birmingham is the most popular train destination in Alabama. It also ranks number 340 in United States. Birmingham has the most train connections in the region. There are 30 train schedules arriving in Birmingham each day.

What is the population of Birmingham?

The population of Birmingham is 212461. Birmingham ranks number 1 in terms of population in Alabama and number 151 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Birmingham cost?

Train tickets to Birmingham range from $12 for a short trip to Birmingham, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Birmingham starts at , and a longer trip by train to Birmingham can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $28 .

What type of traveler does Birmingham attract?

Taking a train to Birmingham is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that train travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the train to Birmingham a great option when planning your next vacation.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Birmingham?

The closest train station to the city center of Birmingham is Intermodal Facility, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Intermodal Facility as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Birmingham. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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