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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester?

Lowest price£14.83
Fastest train1h 29m
Trains per day62
Train lines6

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Birmingham to Manchester 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.

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

In the last month, £35.56 was the average price of a train ticket from Birmingham, BIR to Manchester, MAN. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Birmingham to Manchester?

The distance between Birmingham and Manchester is approximately 70 miles, or 113 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 29 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Birmingham to Manchester are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Tuesday 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 Birmingham at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 Birmingham to Manchester?

There are 62 scheduled trains on most days. 7 of these are direct connections to Manchester. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Manchester to Birmingham. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Birmingham to Manchester for £4.70.

Which train should you take from Birmingham to Manchester?

There are 6 train lines with service from Birmingham, Birmingham to Manchester, Manchester. West Midlands Railway + Connections is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 46 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Arriva Trains Wales + Connections22h 8m£52.76
Avanti West Coast + Connections21h 49m£28.10
Chiltern Railways + Connections32h 10m£40.85
CrossCountry71h 37m£25.10
CrossCountry + Connections22h 0m£43.83
West Midlands Railway + Connections462h 4m£36.03

Arriva Trains Wales + Connections train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester start from £51, and on average cost £53. Daily there are 2 Arriva Trains Wales + Connections schedules to Manchester. Arriva Trains Wales + Connections in Birmingham leaves from Birmingham International Rail Station, And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Airport and one other train station. From Birmingham to Manchester train travel on Arriva Trains Wales + Connections takes 2 hours and 8 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Arriva Trains Wales + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 29 minutes.

Avanti West Coast + Connections train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester start from £19, and on average cost £28. Daily there are 2 Avanti West Coast + Connections schedules to Manchester. Avanti West Coast + Connections in Birmingham leaves from New St Station, And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and one other train station. From Birmingham to Manchester train travel on Avanti West Coast + Connections takes 1 hours and 49 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Avanti West Coast + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 29 minutes.

Chiltern Railways + Connections train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester start from £31, and on average cost £41. Daily there are 3 Chiltern Railways + Connections schedules to Manchester. Chiltern Railways + Connections in Birmingham leaves from Moor St Station and one other station. And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Airport and one other train station. From Birmingham to Manchester train travel on Chiltern Railways + Connections takes 2 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Chiltern Railways + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 29 minutes.

CrossCountry train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester start from £15, and on average cost £25. Daily there are 7 CrossCountry schedules to Manchester. CrossCountry in Birmingham leaves from New St Station and one other station. And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly, From Birmingham to Manchester train travel on CrossCountry takes 1 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, CrossCountry offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 29 minutes.

CrossCountry + Connections train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester start from £44, and on average cost £44. Daily there are 2 CrossCountry + Connections schedules to Manchester. CrossCountry + Connections in Birmingham leaves from New St Station, And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Airport, From Birmingham to Manchester train travel on CrossCountry + Connections takes 2 hours and 0 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, CrossCountry + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 29 minutes.

West Midlands Railway + Connections train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester start from £17, and on average cost £36. Daily there are 46 West Midlands Railway + Connections schedules to Manchester. West Midlands Railway + Connections in Birmingham leaves from Snow Hill and 3 other stations. And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Airport and one other train station. From Birmingham to Manchester train travel on West Midlands Railway + Connections takes 2 hours and 4 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, West Midlands Railway + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 29 minutes.

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