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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.
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1 h 26 m
1 h 41 m
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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.
|Distance||70 miles (113 km)|
|Average train duration||1 h 26 min|
|Average train ticket price||$30 (€26)|
|Train frequency||50 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 50 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Cross 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.
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 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:
CrossCountry's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train from Birmingham to Manchester are the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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