Trains from Glasgow to Birmingham

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Glasgow to Birmingham train information

Glasgow Birmingham train map

Train duration 4h31m
Arrival Birmingham, England
Departure Glasgow, Scotland
Distance 253 Miles
Train operators Cross Country, ScotRail, Virgin Trains
Lowest train price from £18.00
Average train price £83.00

The trip between Glasgow, located in Scotland and Birmingham, situated in England is well served by trains. The trains are operated by the following train companies: Cross Country, ScotRail, Virgin Trains.

There are 253 miles between the 2 cities and the average journey time from Glasgow to Birmingham is approximately 4h31m. Taking the train is often the quickest option to get to Birmingham from Glasgow, and it's also more environmentally friendly than driving your car or flying.

We found trains from £18.00 to travel in the next 30 days. Fares may change depending on the travel date as well as how much time in advance you book your ticket.

Best prices for Glasgow to Birmingham train tickets

from £18.00 MORE 5h36m
Other modes of transport available
from £10.70 MORE 8h05m
from £10.20 MORE 7h16m
from £29.18 MORE 10h11m

Glasgow - Birmingham prices calendar

Find the cheapest tickets to travel from Glasgow to Birmingham by train, bus, ride sharing and plane.

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National Express£36




National Express£25



Ticket prices and availability have been recorded in the last 72 hours from the data provided by our partners.

Train times Glasgow to Birmingham

When are the next trains to Birmingham?

Departure Arrival Duration Company
Glasgow Central
Birmingham New Street
12h06m ScotRail

The table above only shows the remaining services for today and will display a maximum of 10 train departures.

See all departures: Today / Tomorrow

Based on our data, 14 trains from Glasgow to Birmingham are available today and 0 tomorrow. The first Glasgow Birmingham train leaves at 07:00 and the last one leaves the station at 23:03. The first and last departure times can vary every day and there can be fewer services during weekends as well as public holidays. Rail operators may also adjust the number of trains during school holidays or depending on the season.

Glasgow - Birmingham: the best time to book cheap trains

Price of the ticket when booking in advance or at the last minute















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Days before Departure

The Prices for train tickets Glasgow to Birmingham tend to increase the closer you get to your departure day. Based on our data, if you purchase your ticket 1 month in advance, the price of the ticket starts at £21 whereas when booking on the day you're travelling, you will need to spend at least £60 for your trip. Thus, you will save 65% on the price of your ticket by buying your ticket 1 month in advance as opposed to on the day you're travelling.

The data are based on the best fares found over the past 6 months when buying in advance versus at the last minute.

Best prices for Glasgow to Birmingham trains

We compare train ticket for all major companies to travel between Glasgow and Birmingham by train and find the best prices for the coming days. Take a look at the prices of train tickets Birmingham to Glasgow and find the best deal for your outbound journey.

From To Price Departure on At Company Searched
New Street
£63.00 22/04/2019 17:35 Virgin Trains 2 days ago
New Street
£74.00 22/04/2019 16:35 Virgin Trains 2 days ago

Best prices for the next 30 days.

Glasgow Birmingham train

Discount Glasgow - Birmingham train tickets

The best way to spend less on your Glasgow Birmingham train ticket must be to have a railcard. While regional railcards exist in some areas, National railcards enable you to make savings on most rail fares across the United Kingdom. Everyone is eligible to at least one of the railcard, even non-UK citizens. National railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Senior discount card, Two together railcard, Family and Friends discount card and Disabled persons railcard.

  • To understand the savings that you can make with a railcard, you need to assess the number of journeys you need to make earnings. You will see that commonly only a few trips are needed.

    For your calculation, you must include the cost of your railcard, i.e £30, the discount on each journey (i.e.: 34%) as well as the cost of your ticket. The average cost of a Glasgow Birmingham ticket is £82.71 (1).

    Divide the cost of your railcard by the discount: £30/34%= £88. Then divide £88 by £82.71: £88/£82.71 = 1.06. You will need to make on average 2 trips from Birmingham to Glasgow (one way trip) with your railcard to start saving money.

  • Railcards enable you to save 34% off most rail fares for 12 months. A Disabled persons railcard costs £20 and the five other ones £30.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 3 months for one way journey

Train Journey Average price without railcard(1) With a railcard 34% off(2) Saving based on a one-way trip Number of return trips to pay off the cost
Glasgow to Birmingham train £82.71 £55.14 £27.57 1.07

(1)Average price observed over the last 3 months for one way

(2)Price calculated with an average reduction of 34% on train tickets fare

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