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Stansted - Birmingham Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Stansted to Birmingham. Traveling by train from Stansted to Birmingham usually takes around 3 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest CrossCountry train can make the trip in 3 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance97 mi (156 km)
Fastest train3h 11m
Lowest price$46.81
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceCrossCountry
Train lines1

Which train should you take from Stansted to Birmingham?

CrossCountry is the one and only train line which connects Stansted to Birmingham. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
CrossCountry33h 18m$46.81
  • CrossCountry


    CrossCountry operates an extensive rail network in the U.K., centered in Birmingham. In standard class, passengers enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms. Trains also contain a small café or a trolley that passes through the carriages. An upgrade to first-class gives passengers more legroom and complimentary food. The journey from Stansted to Birmingham usually takes about 3 hours and 18 minutes on a CrossCountry train. There are 3 trips on this route every day, and 0 daily trips on weekends.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Stansted 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

How long is the train journey from Stansted to Birmingham?

The distance between Stansted and Birmingham is approximately 97 miles, or 156 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 11 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Stansted to Birmingham on Friday. Tickets for Friday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Stansted at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Stansted to Birmingham?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Stansted to Birmingham.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Birmingham to Stansted.

City Information


As the second-largest city in the UK, Birmingham effortlessly blends the city’s quaint vibe with modern-day high-rises. One of the top local attractions is St. Martin in the Bull Ring, the original parish church of Birmingham. Featuring remarkable Gothic Revival architecture standing in stark contrast with the futuristic-looking shopping centers, the church is a great spot for travelers looking for a bit of respite. As you stroll around the city, don’t forget to visit the famous Cadbury World, which details the long history of the brand, as well as all the products it produces. For culturally-inclined activities, head to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which offers over 40 exhibits.

If you wish to try out authentic Indian dishes with a local twist, head over to Pushkar. For those who wish to enjoy a more upscale dining experience, Bank offers a chic menu in an elegant setting.

The principal rail station is Birmingham New Street Station, which is the busiest train station in the UK. The Birmingham Coach Station offers coach services by National Express as far as London and Dublin. The city’s main airport is the Birmingham Airport, which is located 6 miles east of the city center.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Stansted?

Main departure station: Stansted Airport Train Station

There is one train station in Stansted.

All train stations in Stansted:

  • Stansted Airport Train Station

Where is the train station in Birmingham?

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Main arrival station: New St Station

Birmingham New Street Station is a major hub for UK transportation at the heart of the city. Passengers can reach its glistening main concourse via the Grand Central shopping mall. Inside, passengers will find higher-end stores, cafés, and public restrooms. The primary rail providers are Avanti West Coast Trains, West Midlands Railway, and Cross Country, which operate services to destinations including London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. Buses and coaches, including FlixBus and National Express, pick up from roadside stops on St Martin's Queensway and Station Street. Trams (streetcars) have a dedicated stop outside Grand Central for connections to Edgbaston cricket ground.

All train stations in Birmingham:

  • New St Station

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