There’s no better way to travel from Cardiff to Birmingham than by train. Take advantage of Advance tickets even on the day, up until 15 minutes before departure, when you travel with CrossCountry.
Enjoy beautiful views along the River Severn as you speed away from Cardiff and towards Birmingham. As you cross the border from Wales to England, you will zip past the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Cotswolds, sit back and appreciate the English Countryside at its best.
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Travelling to Birmingham
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Travelling from Cardiff to Birmingham
With CrossCountry you are taken from the centre of Cardiff to the centre of Birmingham, making your journey easy and stress-free. The UK’s second largest city, Birmingham has a lot to offer its visitors and arriving at Birmingham New Street Station drops you off in the heart of the action. Shops, restaurants, clubs and museums; there’s something for everyone in the city of Birmingham.
Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Birmingham?
CrossCountry provides direct routes from Cardiff to Birmingham and the trip takes around two hours.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Cardiff to Birmingham?
Travelling from Cardiff to Birmingham with CrossCountry means you can enjoy the countryside views in absolute comfort. We provide a variety of seating choices and ample luggage storage. We have an at-seat service which offers a choice of hot and cold drinks as well as light refreshments. For an even better experience, why not upgrade to First Class?
Does Birmingham New Street Station have step-free access?
Birmingham New Street station has step free access throughout the whole station. There is also assistance reaching platforms available for those who require, as well as accessible ticket machines and offices and a ramp for train access.
How far is the city centre?
Located in the heart of the city, Birmingham New Street station is ideally situated for you to start exploring Birmingham right away.
Does the station have family areas?
If you’re travelling to Birmingham News Street station with young children, you will find the baby changing facilities and two large waiting rooms particularly useful. Those with a First Class ticket can also use the First Class lounge.
Want to know more about the facilities at Birmingham New Street station? Check out our handy station guide.
Once you have arrived in Birmingham
Onward travel: Taxis, Trams, and Buses in Birmingham
If you are travelling on to other parts of the Midlands, the tram is a very convenient option as the Midland Metro Tram service connects at Birmingham New Street station. Local buses and trains also run from the station and if you want a more direct option, there’s a taxi rank available too.
Shopping in Birmingham
One of the best things about Birmingham is its extensive shopping facilities. From popular high street shops and vintage clothing markets to designer outlets and large department stores; whatever your style, Birmingham’s got something for you. The Bull Ring and Grand Central are big shopping centres, but if you are looking to purchase jewellery then you should visit the world-famous Jewellery Quarter. Wander down the Great Western and Piccadilly Arcades for some beautiful architecture and local, independent shops.
Culture in Birmingham
Whether you want to explore the city’s museums and galleries, or end a class night out with a curry from the famous Balti Triangle, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the city of Birmingham. Millennium Point boasts outstanding architecture and design which attracts millions every year; it hosts popular attractions including the National Educational Centre, Imax cinema and Thinktank Science Museum. Escape from the city to 15 acres of captivating gardens and stunning landscape bliss at the Botanical Garden and Glasshouses. For those chocoholics amongst us, do not miss Cadbury World, where you can learn how chocolate is made and have a taster or two!
Spending time in Birmingham?
Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or are planning a longer stay, our Birmingham Guide can help you plan the perfect journey!
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