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 Manchester to Birmingham will cost around $ 42 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 27.
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Trains per day
Of the 5 train that leave Manchester for Birmingham every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 113 km distance in an average of 1h 37m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 1h 28m .
The slowest train will take 1h 50m 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 34 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$31|
|Trains depart from:||Manchester|
|Trains arrive in:||Birmingham|
|Train Companies:||Cross Country, West Midlands Railway, Northern Rail|
Two cities rivaling each other to be regarded as England's second city after London, Manchester and Birmingham are former industrial cities going through a process of regeneration. Business travelers and tourists planning a trip to the Midlands can take direct trains from Manchester to Birmingham seven days a week. Journey times from Manchester are around one hour and 30 minutes for the fastest connections. Indirect routes increase the transport possibilities.
Cross Country Trains and Virgin Trains provide daily direct services from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street. Indirect connections use Arriva Trains Wales departures from Manchester to Crewe, or Virgin Trains departures to Stoke-on-Trent, changing to West Midlands Railway trains to Birmingham.
The fastest direct trains on the 92-mile route south-east from Manchester to Birmingham are Cross Country Trains services taking one hour and 28 minutes to reach New Street. Most direct journeys on this route take three to 15 minutes longer. Indirect connections via Crewe or Stoke take around one hour and 50 minutes.
The Cross Country Trains timetable provides daily direct trains from Manchester to Birmingham New Street every half hour from early morning to late evening, with a final departure just after 10:00 p.m. Virgin Trains offer one daily indirect service, departing in the early morning. Indirect services operate hourly via Crewe and hourly via Stoke, from early morning to late evening. Sunday schedules are less frequent, with no early morning services and hourly direct trains.
Departure train station: Manchester Piccadilly Station is situated in the city center, with tram connections available from the station and bus stops on London Road and Fairfield Street. Facilities at the station include a business lounge, free WiFi, a mini supermarket, pharmacy, vending machines, coffee shops, bakery, newsvendor and taxi stands.
Arrival train station: Birmingham New Street Station is located in the city center, with public transport links available on buses stopping nearby on Smallbrook Queensway and Midland Metro trams stopping by the station entrance. Facilities on the station concourse include a book store, bakery, coffee shop, food supermarket, free WiFi and taxi stands.