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With trains running frequently between Birmingham and Leicester, this is a popular route for passengers throughout the week and at the weekends. Catching a train from Birmingham to Leicester couldn’t be easier and you can take advantage of the convenient location just walking distance from the local bars, shops and eateries. The average journey time is approximately 55 minutes and Leicester Station is in the heart of the city. It originally opened in 1840 and the Victorian building is well worth taking a few minutes to admire on your way through.
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Travelling to Leicester
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Travelling from Birmingham to Leicester
The station was opened before Leicester became a city – it was one of the first towns to be awarded a train station. Today, the station building retains its historic charm yet it is home to a wide range of modern facilities and amenities. Leicester’s main sights and attractions, including the university, are just a 10-minute walk from the station.
Are there direct trains from Birmingham to Leicester?
Yes, CrossCountry trains from Birmingham to Leicester are direct.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Birmingham to Leicester?
We provide all our passengers with a multitude of on-board amenities, including a variety of seating options, electric points and tables. Every train has ample space to store your bags. For those who want to treat themselves, our First Class carriages are also available should you wish to make your train journey from Birmingham to Leicester even more enjoyable.
Does Leicester have step-free access?
The entire station has step-free access, with accessible ticket machines, booking counters and wheelchairs available to use should you require one. Lifts are available to take passengers with mobility needs to every platform and ramps are provided for easy access on and off the trains.
How far is the city centre?
Leicester Train Station enjoys a central location, just a short 10-minute walk away from many of the major attractions in the city, such as the King Richard III Visitor Centre and the popular Highcross Shopping Centre.
Does the station have family areas?
Visitors travelling with children will find spacious waiting rooms, dedicated baby changing areas and refreshment facilities.
For further information about Leicester Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Leicester
Onward travel: Buses & Taxis
There are regular bus services that take passengers from the station into the city and beyond. The city is part of the PlusBus scheme, that gives passengers unlimited travel on services in a set area if the ticket is purchased at the same time as a rail ticket. There is also a taxi rank and a car park, along with sheltered spaces for bicycles to be stored.
Shopping in Leicester
Leicester is well known for its shopping. There are many large malls to enjoy, including the Haymarket Shopping Centre, Highcross and Beaumont Shopping, which are perfect for shoppers looking for high street brands like Debenhams and John Lewis.
Culture in Leicester
There are lots of great things to see and do in Leicester. To help you enjoy them, get a train from Birmingham to Leicester so you can sit back and enjoy the journey, minus the hassle of parking. Just outside the city itself are some wonderful cultural hotspots, including the Heritage Centre, Bradgate Park, Bosworth Battlefield and Rockingham Castle. Closer to the city centre, people can enjoy visiting the New Walk Museum, the National Space Centre and the Jewry Wall Museum.
Spending time in Leicester?
If you want to spend the day, a long weekend or a week or more in Leicester, check out our Guide to Leicester so you can plan the perfect journey.
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