Manchester to Birmingham Train Tickets



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Discover England’s “City of a 1000 Trades” by booking a trip from Manchester to Birmingham by train during your next UK excursion! Whether you board with CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, West Midlands Railway or Arriva Trains Wales, you’re sure to experience high-speed travel at its finest. Enjoy ticket flexibility, frequent daily departures, efficient city-to-city transfer times (as little as 86 minutes), and all the essential comforts you’d expect from First or Second Class. Also, all connections via CrossCountry services are non-stop!

Birmingham is just brimming with excitement and curiosity, from its breathtaking National Sea Life Center aquarium and eclectic “Thinktank” science museum, to its vibrant Botanic Gardens and decadent Cadbury World chocolate factory. However, you’ll also find gently-flowing canals, quaint waterside cafés and pubs, fascinating art collections, plus a host of delectable dining options and retail shopping markets to suit all budgets and tastes.

Purchase your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket here and you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number by email shortly afterward. Simply use this number to retrieve your actual ticket from a local ticket collection machine and you’ll be ready to travel from Manchester to Birmingham by train, seat reservation included!

Journey Details


On average, trains depart every 10-15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes otherwise, with a total of 48 departures daily (30 of them non-stop routes)

Travel time

1 hour and 26 minutes non-stop (fastest time)

Train stations

Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street

Train features

CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, London North Eastern Railway, West Midlands Railway and Arriva Trains Wales high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’, 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

Second Class

Second class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.

First Class

First class coaches have a quieter atmosphere and are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Some train lines may offer complimentary at-seat food and drink service.
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 (available on most trains)
  • “Quiet Coach” seating (subject to availability)
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Priority seating for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Non-smoking coaches
Additional Details

Seat reservations

Your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ will include a seat reservation 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 Manchester 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 using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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