Travel from Birmingham to Manchester in style on a CrossCountry train. Get Advance tickets even on the day, up until 15 minutes before departure.
It takes around 1hour 30 minutes to get from Birmingham to Manchester. Departing from Birmingham New Street and arriving into Manchester Piccadilly, trains are fast and frequent. You’ll travel up through Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield and Stockport, until you arrive in the heart of Manchester.
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Travelling to Manchester
First CrossCountry train - 05:57
Last CrossCountry train - 21:57
Travelling from Birmingham to Manchester
The ‘capital of the North’ – Manchester is a thriving city that doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re looking for a cultural city break or want to explore the Peak District, Manchester has something for everyone. From football fanatics and Christmas shoppers to stags, hens and culture vultures – if Manchester isn’t on your list, it should be.
Are there direct trains from Birmingham to Manchester?
Yes, there are direct trains from Birmingham to Manchester on the CrossCountry network. There are currently several trains an hour, with a mix of direct services and ones that change at Crewe – so make sure you check the schedule. The first departure from Birmingham leaves at 05:57, whilst the final departure is at 23:10.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Birmingham to Manchester?
Have a comfortable journey on your trip from Birmingham to Manchester with lots of seating options, plug sockets and luggage space. Choose from a selection of hot and cold snacks or a variety of drink options with our at-seat service. If you’d prefer to be even more comfortable, you can book a First Class ticket for your journey.
Does Manchester Piccadilly have step-free access?
All of Manchester Piccadilly station can be accessed step-free. With lifts, ramps and staff support available, the station provides an easy experience for those with mobility issues.
How far is the city centre?
Manchester Piccadilly is a stone’s throw from the Central Retail District as well as the quirky Northern Quarter. There are endless shops, restaurants and attractions to explore as soon as you leave the station.
Does the station have family areas?
Manchester Piccadilly has free toilets, as well as baby changing facilities. It also has seated areas throughout the station and waiting rooms to escape from cold weather. You can also refill any water bottles at two water fountains in the station.
For further information about Manchester Piccadilly, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Manchester
Onward Travel: Taxis, Buses and Trams in Manchester
Manchester has one of the best public transport networks in the UK, with plenty of options available. A System One Travelcard is accepted by most tram, bus and train companies running locally, so you can hop on and off various modes of transport during your trip.
Numerous bus companies make it easy to make your way around Greater Manchester and there is also the free bus that provides a complimentary hop on, hop off service around the city centre. The Metrolink tram network is also a reliable and frequent means of transportation. It can take you to the suburbs of Greater Manchester, as well as popular venues and attractions around the city.
If you prefer travelling by taxi, there are countless taxi ranks dotted around the city, and outside Manchester Piccadilly Station. Black cabs are plentiful and available to flag down from the street, and there’s also the option of booking a private taxi if you prefer.
Shopping in Manchester
Manchester has one of the best shopping experiences in the UK. If you want a whole day dedicated to a new wardrobe, intu Trafford Centre is the place to be. Catch a bus from the city centre and get there in around 45 minutes – you won’t be disappointed with its extensive range of high street brands.
If you’re looking for something more unique, Manchester’s Northern Quarter is a trendy alternative to the Trafford and Arndale shopping centres. With independent shops selling everything from jewellery to vinyl to vintage clothes, there are impressive and unique finds in this area of town.
Culture in Manchester
Looking to immerse yourself in culture? Manchester is a great place to do it. The city is huge on the music scene and, with two famous football clubs, there is something that the whole family can enjoy.
See some opera at the Manchester Opera House, admire the architecture at the John Rylands Library or learn about the city’s incredible art and textiles collection at the Manchester Art Gallery.
Whether you make it a day trip or whole weekend from Birmingham, you’re sure to enjoy your time in Manchester.
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