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Birmingham is a bustling city and New Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the UK. Trains from Bristol to Birmingham take approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes, and run frequently seven days a week. The station itself is home to a number of facilities and amenities, including shops and restaurants found upstairs in Grand Central. Millions of people visit Birmingham every year and the convenient location of the station makes train travel a popular way to arrive.
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Travelling to Birmingham
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Travelling from Bristol to Birmingham
The journey from Bristol Temple Meads to Birmingham New Street offers passengers scenic views from the windows.
When you arrive in Birmingham, there is plenty to see and do and people choose to visit the city for anything from one day to a long weekend. There are a multitude of modern museums to explore with children including Thinktank, while Cadbury World is another big hit with visiting families. Adults may wish to see the natural sights of the city such as the Botanical Garden where over 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens await.
Are there direct trains from Bristol to Birmingham?
Yes, all CrossCountry trains from Bristol to Birmingham are direct.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Bristol to Birmingham?
Our high standard of care is provided on all our trains and these often include: a choice of seats, hot and cold snacks and drinks, tables with electric sockets and areas to store your luggage. Our First Class carriages are also available for anyone wanting to travel in a little extra comfort.
Does Birmingham have step-free access?
Yes, Birmingham New Street Station is accessible to passengers with a range of mobility requirements and assistance can be provided for anyone requiring it. All platforms can be accessed via lift and the new Hill Street entrance also provide step-free access.
How far is the city centre?
Birmingham New Street Station offers passengers a convenient location, right in the heart of the city centre. A host of wonderful sights and attractions are found close by, and a wide range of shops and restaurants to suit all budgets are available upstairs in the station at Grand Central. More shops and cafés can be found almost as soon as you walk out of the station, along with many hotels and well-known eateries.
Does the station have family areas?
There are three waiting rooms found in Birmingham New Street Station, plus baby changing facilities and a choice of places to grab a bite to eat and drink.
For everything you need to know about Birmingham New Street, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Birmingham
Onward travel: Buses & Taxis
After catching a train from Bristol to Birmingham, there are a few choices when it comes to onward travel. Arriva bus services run alongside the trains and trams that operate in the area and a busy taxi rank can be found on Navigation Street for those who prefer to grab a cab.
Shopping in Birmingham
The shops in Birmingham are a huge tourist draw. The Bullring is one of the UK’s most famous shopping malls and here you can find everything from well-known high street brands to designer names. All-time favourites such as Debenhams and Primark can be explored just a short walk from the train station and there is also a plethora of markets such as the Rag Market that will appeal to anyone looking to get a bargain.
Culture in Birmingham
The city has a rich history and its cultural attractions will appeal to all types of visitors, whether you are visiting with children, in a group or with a partner. Next to the University you can explore the great outdoors at the Winterbourne House and Garden. The National Sealife Centre is great for families, while anyone looking to catch a live show should book tickets to the O2 Academy, the Birmingham Hippodrome or the Barclay Arena.
Going to Birmingham?
If you want to get a train from Bristol to Birmingham, check out our Birmingham Guide for everything you need to know about the city.
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