Glasgow to Birmingham Train Tickets



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Visit the heart and soul of central England by taking a trip from Glasgow to Birmingham by train! Whether you board with Virgin Trains, CrossCountry or Arriva Trains Wales, you’re sure to travel comfortably and efficiently. This unique and exciting journey is only further enhanced by the many friendly services available to you in Standard or First Class. Other benefits include ticket flexibility and frequent daily departure times. Also, Virgin Trains and CrossCountry both offer convenient, non-stop routes!

Some call it the “City of a Thousand Trades”. Others, the “Second City of the UK”. Located in the West Midlands region of England, Birmingham is a place with a rich cultural and industrial background. But its allure doesn’t stop there. You’ll also find inspiring Victorian-era architecture plus wandering, Venice-like canals at every turn. Hungry? Birmingham has a host of local and international dining options to tempt any palate! While in town, be sure to check out the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow Science Centre and Cadbury World chocolate factory!

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

Journey Details


On average, trains depart every 20 to 40 minutes during peak times and every hour otherwise, with approximately 35 departures daily (14 of them direct routes)

Travel time

3 hours and 58 minutes (fastest time with 1 change) 4 hours and 5 minutes (fastest time non-stop)

Train stations

Glasgow Central and Birmingham New Street

Train features

Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and Arriva Trains Wales high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your Ticket on Departure for travel from Glasgow to Birmingham by train, the following fare options may be available:


Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.


Advance 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.


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.
Ticket Classes

Standard Class

Standard class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.

First Class

First class coaches offer a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere. They are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort and added personal space. Complimentary services like at-seat catering, WiFi access and morning newspapers are available on most trains.
Ticket Discounts

Child discount

Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.
Train Services and Amenities
  • Onboard food and drink catering (subject to availability)
  • WiFi internet access
  • Power outlets for charging laptops or other mobile devices
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Non-smoking coaches
  • “Quiet Coach” seating
  • Wheelchair-accessible facilities
Additional Details

Seat reservations

In most cases, your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket will include a seat reservation. 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 Glasgow to Birmingham by train may 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 simply by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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