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Birmingham to Leicester Train Tickets E‑TICKET

Birmingham to Leicester Train Tickets

Book your CrossCountry e-ticket then pack your bags for a thrilling trip from Birmingham to Leicester by train! You’ll travel in comfort and style by Class 170 Turbostar high-speed train to one of Britain’s oldest cities - and in as little as 50 minutes’ time. Flexible tickets, cost-friendly fares, plus the choice of Standard or First Class seating are just a few of the added perks that come with your CrossCountry train ticket. While en route to Leicester, relax and enjoy the view of England from your window as you help yourself to the many quality onboard services available to you!

Leicester is a progressive, multi-ethnic city first established by the Romans in 50 CE. A tour of Leceister’s Old Town district quickly reveals evidence of its deep medieval history and enduring legacy. It’s here that you’ll discover such treasures as the 14th-century Guildhall, Leicester Cathedral and King Richard III Visitor Centre, among others. Other notable city sights include the Jewry Wall museum, National Space Centre, Abbey Park and Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower.

Purchase your CrossCountry e-ticket for travel from Birmingham to Leicester by train right here. Then, use the ticket collection reference # provided in the email we send you to collect your actual ticket from a self-service ticket machine anywhere in Britain.

Journey details

Frequency
Trains depart approximately every 30 minutes, with an average total of 35 non-stop departures daily

Travel time
50 minutes (fastest time)

Train stations
Birmingham New Street and Leicester

Train features
CrossCountry Class 170 Turbostar high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 160km/h

CrossCountry ticket fares

When booking your Birmingham to Leicester train ticket, the following fare options may be available:
  • Ticket ONLY on Departure - Anytime
    These tickets are fully flexible. There are no time restrictions, so you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours. Seat reservations are not included.
  • Ticket ONLY on Departure - Off-Peak
    Tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Seat reservations are not included.
  • Ticket on Departure & Reservation - Anytime
    These tickets are fully flexible. There are no time restrictions, so you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours. Seat reservations are included.
  • Ticket on Departure & Reservation - Advance
    These tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train. Seat reservations are included.
  • Ticket on Departure & Reservation - Off-Peak
    Tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Seat reservations are included.

CrossCountry ticket classes

  • Standard Class
    Standard class passenger cars have spacious, comfortable seats. Onboard catering services are available, where you can choose from a wide selection of hot or cold drinks, fresh sandwiches and tasty snacks.
  • First Class
    First class coaches offer a quieter atmosphere and are equipped with larger, reclining seats that provide superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy complimentary services like at-seat food and drink service plus WiFi internet.

CrossCountry ticket discounts

  • Child discount
    Passengers between the ages of 4 and 11 receive a discount off the adult ticket price. Children under the age of 4 travel for free when not occupying their own seat.

CrossCountry train services

  • Onboard food and drink catering
  • WiFi access
  • Power outlets and work tables
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Priority seating for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Non-smoking coaches

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Seat reservations

  • When booking a ‘Ticket ONLY on Departure’ e-ticket, the seat reservation is not included.
  • When booking a ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket, the seat reservation will be included in most cases. Exceptions where the seat may not be reserved at the time of booking include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket purchase conditions and delivery
Tickets for travel from Birmingham to Leicester by train can be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not allowed.

Once your e-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a ticket collection #. Collect your physical ticket simply by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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