Travelling to Birmingham
First CrossCountry train - 05:20
Last CrossCountry train - 18:25
Travelling from Plymouth to Birmingham
The UK’s second biggest city, Birmingham is well-known for its thriving businesses and vibrant culture. The city has several universities, which makes it an ideal place for lively night out. It’s metropolitan but still has vast greenery and more than 50km of waterways. From arts and shopping to music and family-friendly entertainment, this city is a truly fascinating destination to explore.
Are there direct trains from Plymouth to Birmingham?
Yes, there are direct services running from Plymouth to Birmingham.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Plymouth to Birmingham?
While travelling from Plymouth to Birmingham, you can enjoy the wide range of amenities offered on all CrossCountry trains. We provide electricity points, table seats, and areas for luggage storage. There is also a trolley service providing drinks and refreshments. For the next level of comfort on our trains, why don’t you book a First Class ticket?
Does Birmingham New Street Station have step-free access?
Birmingham New Street Station is accessible to people with a range of mobility needs. There is step-free access throughout the station, disabled parking, wheelchair availability and ramps for train access.
How far is the city centre?
Birmingham New Street Station is a short walk from the city centre and close to a wide variety of shops, hotels and bars.
Does the station have family areas?
Birmingham New Street Station has baby changing facilities and two large waiting rooms that are accessible to families using the station. There is also a First Class lounge for those families with the appropriate tickets.
For further information about Birmingham New Street Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Birmingham
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Birmingham
Birmingham is well served by public transportation. Taxis are convenient for those with heavy luggage and can be found at the taxi rank adjacent to the station. The huge network of buses around the city is easy to use with online timetables and fare information. There are also eight local rail lines and trams within the city.
Shopping in Birmingham
Birmingham has a wide mix of shopping centres and markets to suit all tastes and budgets. The biggest shopping hub is the Bullring Shopping Centre with designer department stores such as Selfridges. For high street favourites, check out Grand Central, conveniently located in the same building as the train station. For high fashion, head to The Mailbox shopping centre where you can shop the latest from major runways as well as local luxury designers.
The must-see Jewellery Quarter is a lively gem in the city centre and is the perfect place for classic pieces or contemporary designs. Birmingham’s markets are packed with bargains and fresh produce and are scattered all over the city.
Culture in Birmingham
Birmingham is a culturally mixed city with a fusion of shopping, arts and student life. There is an outstanding assortment of art galleries and theatres for culture vultures to enjoy. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is home to Renaissance masterpieces, while Birmingham Repertory Theatre showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming playwrights. Visit the iconic Town Hall or Symphony Hall where some of the world’s best musicians perform. The city’s orchestra is well-known for its range of symphonic and contemporary classical concerts that the whole family can enjoy.
The Library of Birmingham has become a major cultural destination, with readings, talks and children’s story-times. Kids will love the Thinktank, a science museum with hundreds of interactive exhibits. And of course, don’t leave Birmingham without taking a tour of Cadbury World to learn how chocolate is made and have some tasters!
Spending time in Birmingham?
Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or you want to stay for a while, our Birmingham Guide can help you plan the perfect trip!