Ride in comfort from Glasgow to Birmingham when you travel with CrossCountry trains. Purchase Advance tickets even on the day of travel, up to 15 minutes before the train departs.
With CrossCountry trains, you can travel all the way from Glasgow to Birmingham in as quick as 4 hours. This long but picturesque journey will whisk you from Scotland, through the Yorkshire countryside, and into the centre of England’s second largest city. Birmingham New Street Station is located at the heart of the city, meaning you can start exploring as soon as you arrive.
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Travelling to Birmingham
First CrossCountry train - 06:01
Last CrossCountry train - 17:00
Getting from Glasgow to Birmingham
Birmingham is a thriving city with lots to see and lots to do. Music, theatre, shopping, galleries – Birmingham is sure to spoil you with choice. The city is famous for being culturally diverse, which means an excellent choice of cuisines. The Balti Triangle is one of the best places in the UK for Indian food, and you must try the dumplings in Chinatown. There’s also Moroccan, Greek, Ethiopian and more – you won’t go hungry in Brum.
Can I get a direct train from Glasgow to Birmingham?
CrossCountry do run direct trains from Glasgow to Birmingham, taking just over 4 hours.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Glasgow to Birmingham?
As you would expect from a CrossCountry service, we provide a full range of amenities onboard our trains to ensure your journey is a comfortable one. Ample luggage storage, table seating and charge points for your devices are all found onboard. Drinks and light refreshments can be purchased from our at-seat service, should you feel peckish. If you fancy even more comfort, why not upgrade to First Class?
Does Birmingham New Street have step-free access?
Yes, Birmingham New Street is entirely accessible to people with a range of mobility requirements. Step-free access is available throughout the station. If required, ramp access to trains and assistance reaching platforms are available.
Is the city centre far away?
Birmingham New Street station is located in the heart of the city, meaning you can start exploring as soon as you arrive.
Are there family areas at Birmingham New Street?
Baby changing facilities and waiting rooms are available for families to use at Birmingham New Street station. Food and drink can be bought from one of the station’s plethora of cafés and restaurants. There is also a First Class lounge for those passengers who have purchased the relevant ticket.
Do you have more questions?
Check out our station guide for everything you need to know about Birmingham New Street.
When you get to Birmingham
Onward travel: Buses & Taxis
Onwards travel from Birmingham New Street station is easy and convenient. The city’s bus network is fully integrated with train and tram travel across the region, so your journey will be seamless. The Arriva buses are one of the most popular and these will take you in and around Birmingham from the station. For those who want to travel directly to their next destination, a taxi rank can be found just outside the station.
Where to go shopping in Birmingham
Birmingham has a spectacular range of shopping destinations. Whether you’re looking to splash the cash at one of the city’s luxury outlets, shop your favourite high street brands, or find something unique at one of the independent local retailers, Birmingham’s got it all. The Mailbox is arguably the city’s most stylish retail option, offering a range of exclusive shopping outlets, restaurants and bars. For well-known high street names, Grand Central just above Birmingham New Street station and the Bullring both provide a wealth of options. Visit the Great Western Arcade for a great collection of independent retailers.
How to see the culture in Birmingham
With great diversity comes a city full of rich culture – Birmingham is a place that has to be fully explored. Home to a mix of artistic talent, you can find museums, art galleries, music venues and film festivals all in the city centre. The internationally-famed City of Birmingham Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet have also made their home in the centre. For a fun family day out, visit the award-winning Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum or spoil your sweet tooth at Cadbury World chocolate factory. For some real history, both the Black Country Living Museum and Warwick Castle nearby are some of the more interactive museums, with costumed demonstrators creating an immersive experience.
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Read our Birmingham Guide for everything you need to know about the city to plan the perfect trip.
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