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Bristol to Birmingham Train Tickets E‑TICKET

Bristol to Birmingham Train Tickets

Make plans to take an exciting trip from Bristol to Birmingham by train on your next vacation getaway to the UK! You’ll board with CrossCountry (and Great Western Railway on select routes) and enjoy a hassle-free high-speed journey to England’s famous “City of a 1000 Trades”. Flexible, low-priced fares, plus the choice of Standard or First Class travel are just some of the many perks included with your CrossCountry train ticket. You also get frequent daily departures (every 30 minutes on average) and efficient city-to-city travel times - as little as 1 hour and 51 minutes non-stop!

Located near central England, Birmingham is a city with a powerful industrial past. To this day, it remains a major international hub for commerce. But Birmingham is no one-trick pony! The city is also known for its beautiful canals, Victorian-style architecture, diverse shopping and dining options, and unique family-oriented attractions. Among Birmingham’s top sights, are the National Sea Life Centre, “Thinktank” science museum, Cadbury World chocolate factory and 17th-century Aston Hall.

Purchase your CrossCountry ‘Ticket on Departure’ e-ticket right here. Shortly after, you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number by email. Simply use this number to retrieve your actual ticket from a ticket collection machine anywhere in Britain.

Journey details

Trains depart approximately every 30 minutes, with an average of 30 departures daily (17 of them direct routes)

Travel time
1 hour and 51 minutes direct (fastest time)

Train stations
Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham New Street

Train features
CrossCountry and Great Western Railways high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h

CrossCountry ticket fares

When booking your ticket for travel from Bristol to Birmingham by train, the following fare options may be available:
  • Ticket 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 included.
  • Ticket on Departure - 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 - 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 is available, where you can choose from a wide selection of hot or cold drinks, fresh sandwiches and tasty snacks.
  • First Class
    First class coaches are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort and plenty of extra personal space. Passengers can enjoy a warm customer welcome as well as complimentary at-seat food and drink service.

CrossCountry ticket discounts

  • Child discount
    Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save on the adult ticket price.
    Children under 5 years of age travel for free.

Train services and amenities

  • Onboard food and drink catering
  • WiFi internet
  • Power outlets and work tables
  • Quiet zone seating (where available)
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Assistance and priority seating for passengers with special needs
  • Non-smoking coaches

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Seat reservations
In most cases, a ‘Ticket on Departure’ will include a seat reservation. Exceptions include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations and when the number of allocated reservable seats is filled. 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 Bristol to Birmingham by train can be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.

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

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