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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Richmond to Birmingham. Traveling by train from Richmond to Birmingham usually takes around 29 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 24 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance595 mi (958 km)
Fastest train24h 50m
Lowest price$159.52
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Richmond to Birmingham?

In the last month, C$204.68 was the average price of a train ticket from Richmond, VA to Birmingham, AL. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$43.70 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$311$207$104JunJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Richmond to Birmingham will vary between C$192 and C$304. Planning a train trip to Birmingham within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Richmond over the next 7 days is C$200. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$244$195$146$97$49JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Richmond to Birmingham by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$170 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Richmond to Birmingham in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$216 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$274$219$164$110$553020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Birmingham from Richmond will be about C$43.70 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Richmond to Birmingham?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Richmond, Virginia to Birmingham, Alabama. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 5h 10m$226.77
  • Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Richmond to Birmingham every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $160.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Richmond to Birmingham during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Richmond to Birmingham?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Richmond to Birmingham. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Richmond to Birmingham?

The distance between Richmond and Birmingham is approximately 595 miles, or 958 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 29 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 24 hours and 50 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Richmond to Birmingham are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Richmond at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Richmond to Birmingham?

Trains leave the station in Richmond twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Birmingham to Richmond. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Richmond to Birmingham for $231.37.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Richmond?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Richmond where you can board the train to Birmingham.

Train stations in Richmond:

  • 1500 E Main St

Where is the train station in Birmingham?

Arrival stations

Birmingham has one train station.

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