Travelling to Birmingham
First CrossCountry train - 10:11
Last CrossCountry train - 22:50
Travelling from Cheltenham to Birmingham
Birmingham is bustling, and it’s a popular city to visit for a day trip, weekend away or city break in the UK. From interesting museums and art galleries, to modern shopping malls, edgy bars and tasty restaurants, Birmingham has a lot to offer its visitors. Don’t leave without taking a tour of Cadbury World to learn how chocolate is made and have some tasters!
Are there direct trains from Cheltenham to Birmingham?
Yes, all CrossCountry services between Cheltenham and Birmingham are direct and take around 45 minutes.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Cheltenham to Birmingham?
An extensive range of amenities can be found on all CrossCountry trains travelling from Cheltenham to Birmingham. These include a choice of seats (with tables), plug sockets for your electronics, and plenty of luggage storage. A trolley service provides drinks and light refreshments should you feel peckish. For even more comfort onboard our trains, we recommend you upgrade to a First Class ticket.
Does Birmingham Station have step-free access?
Birmingham New Street is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. The entire station offers step-free access, plus ramps for train access and special assistance getting to and from platforms. There are also accessible ticket office counters on the main concourse.
How far is the city centre?
Birmingham New Street Station is located in the heart of the city, making it super convenient to begin exploring the city and its main attractions.
Does the station have family areas?
Families travelling through Birmingham New Street Station will find a range of family-friendly facilities to ensure a stress-free journey. Comfortable waiting rooms and baby changing facilities are available, as well as cafés and restaurants should you prefer to spend time there. If you have a First Class ticket, you may wish to make use of the First Class lounge.
For further information about Birmingham Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Birmingham
Onward travel: Trams, Taxis and Buses in Birmingham
The Midland Metro Tram service connects at Birmingham New Street Station and travels to other towns in the Midlands area. For those staying in Birmingham, an extensive bus network services the city and its surrounding areas. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank available adjacent to the station should you prefer a more direct route.
Shopping in Birmingham
Whatever your style, whatever your budget, Birmingham’s shopping options will suit your needs. For your high street favourites, check out one of Birmingham’s many shopping centres. Grand Central is in the same building as Birmingham New Street Station, and offers all the household names. For even more choice, head to the Bullring Market, which has been selling a selection of gifts, household products and produce for centuries. The world-famous Jewellery Quarter is a great place if you want to buy jewellery.
If you’re looking for a more bespoke experience, visit one of the arcades, like the Victorian-era Western Arcade. For high fashion, head to The Mailbox shopping centre where you can shop the latest from major runways as well as local luxury designers.
Culture in Birmingham
From museums and galleries to a guaranteed good night out, Birmingham is a wonderful place to explore. Thinktank is perfect for families, with over 200 interactive and hands-on displays about science. Engage your artistic side at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to Renaissance masterpieces. If theatre interests you, see a contemporary play at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
A truly multi-cultural city, Birmingham has a thriving food scene. The Balti Triangle serves some of the best curries in the UK, whilst the Chinese Quarter serves Midland’s best Dim Sum. You will also find plenty of American, Greek, Italian, Jamaican and Ethiopian restaurants to choose from. Lots of bars, pubs and clubs make up Birmingham’s great nightlife scene – head to Broad Street or Southside to get in on the action.
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 trip!