Leeds to Birmingham Train Tickets



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Experience the heart of England by booking an exciting trip from Leeds to Birmingham by train! You’ll travel by CrossCountry high-speed rail services and enjoy a comfortable, relaxed journey less than 2 hours in length. All trains include onboard WiFi so you’re never out of touch, even in transit! Choose from 3 affordable ticket fares and 2 quality seating classes (Standard or First Class). Then sit back and take in the scenic view of the English countryside beyond your window. Next stop: the bustling city of Birmingham!

An ever-evolving city, Birmingham is right where you need to be when you want to sample English culture and history at its finest. Discover elegantly-crafted architectural creations, fun and interactive museums, plus a variety of charming eateries, pubs and cafés. If your timing is just right, you might catch one of Birmingham’s many lively annual festivals during your visit! Other attractions you won’t want to miss include Cadbury World, the National Sea Life Centre and the eclectic, art-inspired Digbeth district.

Purchase your CrossCountry ‘Ticket on Departure’ e-ticket right here. Soon 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


Trains depart approximately every hour, with an average of 28 departures each day (17 of them non-stop routes)

Travel time

1 hour and 52 minutes non-stop (fastest time)

Train stations

Leeds and Birmingham New Street

Train features

CrossCountry, London North Eastern Railway, East Midlands Trains and TransPennine Express high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h
CrossCountry E-ticket fares

When booking your ticket for travel from Leeds 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

These 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 E-ticket classes

Standard Class

Standard class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.

First Class

First class coaches are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy a number of complimentary services such as at-seat food and drink catering, WiFi internet access and morning newspapers.
CrossCountry E-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 connectivity
  • Dedicated storage areas for personal luggage
  • “Quiet Coach” seating
  • Priority seating for elderly and disabled passengers
  • 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 Leeds to Birmingham 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 entering this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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