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Manchester to Birmingham train information

Manchester Birmingham train map

Train duration 1h28m
Arrival Birmingham, England
Departure Manchester, England
Distance 71 Miles
Train operators Cross Country, Northern
Lowest train price from £12.20
Average train price £34.00

There are a lot of rail operators across the United Kingdom & Europe but the trains from Manchester in England to Birmingham in England are provided by Cross Country, Northern.

On average, it takes normally 1h28m by train to cover the 71 miles to go to Birmingham from Manchester. The train duration can change depending if the train is direct or with changes.

Looking at our data, the best price to travel by train in the next 30 days is £12.20. This fare is based on an adult fare and is not including the savings you can make with a discount card.

Best prices for Manchester to Birmingham train tickets

from £12.20 MORE 1h35m
Other modes of transport available
Coach
from £4.00 MORE 2h42m
from £2.75 MORE 2h17m
Flight
from £71.00 MORE 8h36m

Manchester - Birmingham prices calendar

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

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Megabus£4

National Express£7

Loco2£20

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Megabus£4

National Express£6

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

Train times Manchester to Birmingham

When are the next trains to Birmingham?

Departure Arrival Duration Company
Today
Manchester Piccadilly
12:26
Birmingham New Street
13:57
1h31m Cross Country
Manchester Piccadilly
13:05
Birmingham New Street
14:33
1h28m Cross Country
Manchester Piccadilly
13:27
Birmingham New Street
14:57
1h30m Cross Country
Manchester Piccadilly
14:05
Birmingham New Street
15:33
1h28m Cross Country
Manchester Piccadilly
17:05
Birmingham New Street
18:33
1h28m Cross Country
Manchester Piccadilly
17:27
Birmingham New Street
18:57
1h30m Cross Country
Manchester Piccadilly
18:05
Birmingham New Street
19:33
1h28m Cross Country
Manchester Piccadilly
18:27
Birmingham New Street
19:57
1h30m Cross Country

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, 11 trains from Manchester to Birmingham are available today and 0 tomorrow. The first Manchester Birmingham train leaves at 08:27 and the last one leaves the station at 18:27. 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.

Manchester - Birmingham: the best time to book cheap trains

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

90

60

£17

30

£16

15

£18

7

£17

3

£20

1

£23

Same day

Days before Departure

The Prices for train tickets Manchester to Birmingham tend to increase if you don't book early. Based on our data, if you purchase your ticket 15 days in advance, the price of the ticket starts at £16 whereas when booking on the day you're travelling, you will need to spend at least £23 for your trip. Thus, you will save 31% on the price of your ticket by buying your ticket 15 days 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 Manchester to Birmingham trains

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

From To Price Departure on At Company Searched
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 24/03/2019 18:05 Cross Country 1 day ago
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 24/03/2019 18:27 Cross Country 1 day ago
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 24/03/2019 17:05 Cross Country 1 day ago
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 24/03/2019 17:27 Cross Country 1 day ago
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 02/04/2019 12:27 Cross Country 2 days ago
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 02/04/2019 12:05 Cross Country 2 days ago
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 02/04/2019 13:05 Cross Country 2 days ago
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 02/04/2019 18:27 Cross Country 2 days ago
Manchester
Piccadilly
Birmingham
New Street
£19.65 02/04/2019 13:27 Cross Country 2 days ago

Best prices for the next 30 days.

Manchester Birmingham train

Discount Manchester - Birmingham train tickets

The most efficient way to pay less on your Manchester Birmingham train ticket may be to get a railcard. While regional railcards can be obtained in some areas, National railcards enable you to save money on most rail fares across the country. Everyone is eligible to at least 1 of the railcard, even non-UK residents. National railcards available: 16-25 discount card, Senior railcard, Two together discount card, Family and Friends railcard and Disabled persons discount card.

What are the benefits of a railcard?

When buying a railcard, you aim to break even after several journeys. But is it really profitable when travelling from Manchester to Birmingham? Use your calculator, considering:

A = the cost of the railcard (i.e.: £30)

B = average price cut with the railcard (i.e.: 34%)

C = average cost for a Manchester Birmingham ticket (i.e.: £33.29)(1)

The first step is to divide A by B: this will give you the budget from which the card will be efficient. You can now divide that number by C. It will give you the approximate number of journeys needed across the year to be profitable.

In our example, A/B = £30/34% = £88.00. Then, 88/£33.29 = 2.64. Your railcard will be profitable if you're doing around 3 trips from Manchester to Birmingham (one way trip).

How much does a railcard cost?

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
Manchester to Birmingham train £33.29 £22.20 £11.10 2.65

(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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