The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from London to Birmingham will cost around $ 69 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 16.
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1 h 21 m
1 h 46 m
Trains per day
Of the 5 train that leave London for Birmingham every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 163 km distance in an average of 1 h 46 m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 1 h 21 m .
The slowest train will take 2 h 19 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.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
2 hours 1 minute
|Train Ticket Price:||$20|
|Trains depart from:||London|
|Trains arrive in:||Birmingham|
|Train Companies:||Chiltern Railways, Virgin Trains, West Midlands Railway|
There are frequent direct trains from London to Birmingham, with the weekday schedule offering three to four trains an hour for much of the day and evening. Journey times from the capital to the West Midlands range from an hour and 20 minutes, to just over two hours. On Sundays, departures are a little less frequent, with fewer early morning services.
West Midlands Trains and Virgin Trains operate direct rail services from London Euston Station to Birmingham New Street Station. Chiltern Railways provides direct trains from London Marylebone Station to Birmingham Moor Street Station, which is a slightly faster route for most services.
The fastest journey time is on some express services from Euston, taking an hour and 20 minutes, but most trains from Euston take just over two hours to cover the 120-mile route. Chiltern Railways departures from Marylebone take around an hour and 45 minutes for the trip.
At peak times in the mornings and early evenings there are departures every 15 minutes from London to Birmingham, with at least three trains an hour for most of the day. Weekday schedules begin around 5:30 a.m., and end with a final direct service to Birmingham around 11:30 p.m. Sunday departures are less frequent, with a first train from London just before 8:00 a.m.
Departure train station: London Euston The majority of trains to Birmingham from London depart from Euston Station, north of the city center, connected by Underground services from Euston Square and buses from the station terminus. Additional trains leave from Marylebone Station, about a mile west of Euston, with Underground connections from nearby Baker Street.
Arrival train station: Birmingham New Street New Street Station is located on the southern side of the city center, with its own stop on the Midland Metro, taxi ranks and local bus services. It is a ten-minute walk east from New Street to Moor Street Station, where Chiltern Railways services from London arrive.