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Cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester

Showing times and prices for May 25

Cheapest

$30

Average

$63

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Birmingham to Manchester will cost around $ 63 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 30.

Cheapest
09:57AMBirmingham New Street1h26 11:23AMManchester Piccadilly
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$301One-way
08:15AMBirmingham New Street1h56 10:11AMManchester Piccadilly
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$701One-way
08:03AMBirmingham New Street1h43 09:46AMManchester Piccadilly
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$701One-way
09:15AMBirmingham New Street1h56 11:11AMManchester Piccadilly
1 changes
$701One-way
09:04AMBirmingham New Street1h42 10:46AMManchester Piccadilly
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$701One-way

Train schedule from Birmingham to Manchester

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08:03AMBirmingham New Street1h43 09:46AMManchester Piccadilly
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08:15AMBirmingham New Street1h56 10:11AMManchester Piccadilly
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08:57AMBirmingham New Street1h26 10:23AMManchester Piccadilly
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09:04AMBirmingham New Street1h42 10:46AMManchester Piccadilly
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09:15AMBirmingham New Street1h56 11:11AMManchester Piccadilly
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09:57AMBirmingham New Street1h26 11:23AMManchester Piccadilly
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May 25
$30Cross Country
$4Flixbus
Thu
May 26
$31Cross Country
$8Megabus
Fri
May 27
$30Cross Country
$8Megabus
Sat
May 28
$30Cross Country
$5Flixbus
Sun
May 29
$23Cross Country
$8Megabus
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May 30
$30Cross Country
$8Megabus
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May 31
$31Cross Country
$8Megabus
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Jun 1
$31Cross Country
$8Megabus
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Jun 2
$30Cross Country
$8Megabus
Fri
Jun 3
$31Cross Country
$8Flixbus
Sat
Jun 4
$23Cross Country
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Sun
Jun 5
$24Cross Country
$8Megabus
Mon
Jun 6
$30Cross Country
$8Megabus
Tue
Jun 7
$31Cross Country
$8Megabus
Wed
Jun 8
$31Cross Country
$3Flixbus
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Jun 9
$31Cross Country
$8Megabus
Fri
Jun 10
$31Cross Country
$5Flixbus
Sat
Jun 11
$23Cross Country
$8Megabus
Sun
Jun 12
$24Cross Country
$5Flixbus
Mon
Jun 13
$31Cross Country
$5Flixbus

Fastest train times from Birmingham to Manchester

Showing times and prices for May 25

Fastest Journey

1 h 26 m

Average

1 h 41 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

113 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Birmingham for Manchester every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 113 km distance in an average of 1 h 41 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 26 m .

The slowest trains will take 1 h 56 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
09:57AMBirmingham New Street1h26 11:23AMManchester Piccadilly
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$301One-way
Fastest
08:57AMBirmingham New Street1h26 10:23AMManchester Piccadilly
0 changes
$701One-way
09:04AMBirmingham New Street1h42 10:46AMManchester Piccadilly
1 changes
$701One-way
08:03AMBirmingham New Street1h43 09:46AMManchester Piccadilly
1 changes
$701One-way
08:15AMBirmingham New Street1h56 10:11AMManchester Piccadilly
1 changes
$701One-way

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Overview: Train from Birmingham to Manchester

distanceDistance70 miles (113 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 26 min
priceAverage train ticket price$30 (€26)
frequencyTrain frequency50 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 50 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country, West Midlands Railway, Northern Rail or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Birmingham to Manchester cover the 70 miles (113 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 26 min with our travel partners like Cross Country, West Midlands Railway, Northern Rail or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 50 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $30 (€26), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $23 (€21). Travelers depart most frequently from Birmingham New Street and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train providers: CrossCountry from Birmingham to Manchester trains

For as little as $23 (€21) you can travel by train between Birmingham and Manchester with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train to Manchester from Birmingham you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

It’s easy to book your CrossCountry train ticket between Birmingham and Manchester online with Omio! Simply check the current CrossCountry train schedules for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route from Birmingham to Manchester as well as relevant travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap CrossCountry train tickets online. Prices for CrossCountry trains from Birmingham to Manchester start at $23 (€21) one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 70 miles (113 km). If you search for CrossCountry trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when traveling by train between Birmingham and Manchester. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Birmingham to Manchester CrossCountry train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!

Birmingham to Manchester train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 31 min
  • Average Price: $23
  • CrossCountry frequency: 14 a day

CrossCountry's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train from Birmingham to Manchester are the following:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Birmingham to Manchester

With over 20 trains from Birmingham to Manchester on any day of the week, travellers will find it's a simple matter to book tickets at any time of the year on this popular route. The quickest journeys take one hour 27 minutes, while average trip times are about one hour 40 minutes.

Birmingham to Manchester Train Time: Daily departures

The first daily train to Manchester leaves Birmingham New Street at just before 6:00 a.m. and takes one hour 33 minutes to reach Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station. Cross Country operate trains every hour from this point until their final train of the day at just before 10:00 p.m. Most Cross Country trains to Manchester are direct services. The last train of the day leaves New Street at around 10:30 p.m. and is operated by Transport for Wales. Additional services are provided by Transport for Wales throughout the day. 

How long is the journey by train from Birmingham to Manchester?

The fastest direct trains from Birmingham to Manchester take around 87 minutes and are operated by Cross Country. Other services provided by Transport for Wales are indirect and require at least one change. The slowest journey takes three hours, while average journey times are around one hour 40 minutes.  

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Birmingham to Manchester?

Departure train station: Trains from Birmingham to Manchester leave from Birmingham New Street Railway Station, which is located in the centre of town. Passengers can reach Birmingham Bull Ring shopping centre on foot from the Grand Central shopping area located above all platforms which is connected to the Bull Ring by a walkway. Facilities at New Street Station include a First Class Lounge, a business area complete with phones, fax, copiers, a waiting room, and station buffet. Station staff are available at all times to assist any travellers with disabilities or mobility problems.  

Arrival train station: Trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly Station, located a short walk from the Manchester Conference Centre, and all city centre shopping. Free bus trips on Routes 1, 2, and 3 throughout Manchester city centre are available until midnight from Monday to Saturday and offer useful hop on/off transport to most popular locations. Manchester Piccadilly station services include WiFi, extensive dining options, waiting rooms and public toilets.

Which train companies travel from Birmingham to Manchester?

Cross Country is the main provider for trains from Birmingham to Manchester, as services are quicker and direct. The Transport for Wales trains (formerly Virgin Trains) require at least one change at Crewe.  

Cross Country Birmingham to Manchester

Passengers can reserve seats in Standard or First Class on Cross Country trains from Birmingham to Manchester, and free WiFi is provided on all journeys. Services are direct and most journeys take around one hour 27 minutes. 

Birmingham to Manchester Trains: Services onboard

First Class travellers with Cross Country benefit from free snacks and drinks served direct to their seats, with complimentary meals also available on week days. Standard travellers can purchase refreshments from trolley services on most trains. Cyclists with folding bikes can carry them on board any train, and they should be stored in the overhead luggage racks during the journey. Two spaces for normal bikes are available for reservation, while a further last-minute space is also available on all trains, however, it is not possible to board with a bike if the train is already carrying three cycles. Mobility assistance is available on request. There are no formal luggage restrictions or allowances for any train journeys from Birmingham to Manchester, but it's important to bear in mind that all luggage needs to be carried on and off the train. It's also vital to ensure luggage and larger items don't impact on the comfort of others during journeys. It is possible that excess charges are applied for passengers with too much bulky luggage on any journey. 

How do I find cheap train tickets from Birmingham to Manchester?

It's a breeze to book cheap trains from Birmingham to Manchester at any time using the Omio app. Of course, booking in advance is always the recommended way to source the most affordable trips, but opting for slower journeys using indirect services can also help cut the costs of train travel for any journey from Birmingham to Manchester.

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FAQs

How much does a cheap train from Birmingham to Manchester cost?

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Birmingham to Manchester trains for as little as $23 (€21)  in the next 7 days.

How much is a train ticket between Birmingham and Manchester?

In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $30 (€26)  for a train ticket to Manchester from Birmingham.

How far is it from Birmingham to Manchester by train?

The distance from Birmingham to Manchester by train is approximately 70 miles (113 km).

How long is the train to Manchester from Birmingham?

The Birmingham to Manchester train duration is on average 1 h 26 min, which is to be expected when traveling 70 miles (113 km) between Birmingham and Manchester. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.

Which train station from Birmingham to Manchester do I depart from? Which Manchester train station from Birmingham do I arrive in?

When departing from Birmingham, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham International. When arriving in Manchester, you can end your journey in train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

Omio customers book a train from Birmingham New Street   to Manchester Piccadilly   most frequently for this route.

Where is the departure train station in Birmingham located? Where is the arrival train station in Manchester located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, Birmingham New Street, located approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the city center of Birmingham. The most popular arrival train station in Manchester, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from its city center.

Which train companies should I travel with from Birmingham to Manchester?

When taking a train from Birmingham to Manchester, you can count on Cross Country, West Midlands Railway, Northern Rail or Avanti West Coast for the best way to get you to Manchester. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Birmingham to Manchester and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

How many trains are there from Birmingham to Manchester a day?

The average number of trains departing Birmingham for Manchester is 50 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

What time is the earliest train from Birmingham to Manchester? What time is the last train from Birmingham to Manchester?

You can take the first train from Birmingham to Manchester at 4: 57 AM. The last train from Birmingham to Manchester that you can take departs at 11: 09 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Birmingham to Manchester schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.

How far in advance should I purchase a train ticket from Birmingham to Manchester to get the best deals?

If you buy the Birmingham to Manchester train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $30 (€26). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Birmingham to Manchester. Look out for train tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Birmingham
Manchester
Birmingham New Street is the most popular Birmingham railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Birmingham for your trip to Manchester.
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WifiWifi
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ParkingParking
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AccessibilityAccessibility
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Phone Number
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Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 05: 15 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 30 - 23: 00
Public transit options for Birmingham New Street
Bus lines: N5, N6, N8, 4, 9, 23, 45, 50, 61, X51, X70
Train lines: West Midlands, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales