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The journey from Leicester to Birmingham New Street takes approximately 55 minutes. The central location of the Birmingham New Street station makes it easy for visitors to explore the multitude of shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions in the city. Grand Central can be found just above the station, which is home to lots of shops and places to eat and drink. Birmingham attracts millions of visitors every year and arriving by train couldn’t be easier.
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Travelling to Birmingham
First CrossCountry train - 10:20
Last CrossCountry train - 22:20
Travelling from Leicester to Birmingham
Birmingham is home to a plethora of things to see and do. Families and romancing couples will enjoy exploring the Botanical Garden, where you can walk around 15 acres of perfectly landscaped gardens before enjoying some refreshments in the on-site café. Cadbury World is another big hit with children, where they can find out how chocolate is made, enjoy the Cadabra ride and experience the 4D cinema. Meanwhile the many bars and restaurants are great for visitors searching for entertainment.
Are there direct trains from Leicester to Birmingham?
Yes, all CrossCountry trains from Leicester to Birmingham are direct and they will take you from Leicester straight to Birmingham New Street Station without having to change.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Leicester to Birmingham?
All CrossCountry trains from Leicester to Birmingham offer a high standard of care and include: hot and cold drinks and snacks served in the catering carriages, a choice of seating, areas to store luggage, and tables with electric points. If you want to treat yourself to some extra comforts, why not travel in one of our First Class carriages?
Is there step-free access at Birmingham?
Yes, Birmingham New Street Station is fully accessible to people with a range of mobility requirements.
Is the city centre far?
Birmingham New Street station is in the heart of the city. Visitors will find everything close by, from entertainment venues and cultural landmarks to museums and eateries. Grand Central is located directly above the station and is home to shops and restaurants to suit a range of budgets.
Does the station have family areas?
At Birmingham New Street you will find baby changing facilities, toilets and three waiting rooms: the Blue Lounge (platforms 1a-5a), the Yellow Lounge (platforms 6a-12a) and the Red Lounge (platforms 1b-12b).
Check out our station guide for everything you need to know about Birmingham New Street.
After your arrival in Birmingham
Onward travel: Birmingham buses
When you reach Birmingham, you can take advantage of the numerous bus services to explore other parts of the city. The modern Arriva buses are fully integrated with the trams and trains that cross the area, making it quick and easy to get around.
Birmingham is a Mecca for shopping enthusiasts. The Bullring is home to a wide choice of shops, including high street brands, while the station itself is also home to a good selection of shops that range from designer to large department stores.
Birmingham’s cultural side can be enjoyed during a visit to one of its many museums and art galleries. The Barclay Arena, the Birmingham Hippodrome and the O2 Academy are great for an evening of entertainment, while the National Sealife Centre is perfect for families. Football fans may want to catch a Birmingham City game at St Andrew’s and there are also some beautiful parks to explore, including the Winterbourne House and Gardens located close to the University of Birmingham.
Got time to spend in Birmingham?
If you want to enjoy a family day out, a long weekend with someone special or explore Birmingham in your own time, read our Birmingham Guide for everything you need to know about the city.
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