Trains in the United Kingdom are an effective way to travel between cities, with numerous train companies offering domestic and international routes. Birmingham New Street is a Network Rail station and the main railway hub in the midlands with arrivals and departures heading to all major locations in the UK. Passengers taking trains to Birmingham New Street station have a choice of travelling with Virgin Trains, First Great Western, Cross Country Rail or Arriva Trains Wales. Trains from the West Midlands, also serve the city of Birmingham, arriving at Birmingham Moor Street managed by Chiltern Railways.
Birmingham New Street is located at the heart of the city center and the station enjoyed significant renovation and is now home to a large number of retail outlets at the Grand Central shopping complex. Passengers arriving at Birmingham’s New Street station for the National Exhibition Centre (Birmingham NEC), will find train services run every five minutes to the complex, while the journey is approximately 21 minutes long. The Bull Ring shopping center is also a five-minute walk to the east of New Street station and the National Sea Life center is fifteen minutes walk to the west of the station. The city is also home to two major football teams, Aston Villa and Birmingham City. Passengers travelling to Villa Park should take a connecting train which runs every 30 minutes. Visitors to Birmingham City FC’s St. Andrews should take a short walk to the Allison Street bus stop or the Pavilions shopping center bus station. There are frequent services from both locations.