Travelling to Birmingham
First CrossCountry train - 06:22
Last CrossCountry train - 20:44
Travelling from York to Birmingham
Leave the historic city of York and arrive in the heart of Birmingham at Birmingham New Street Station. You can start exploring this vibrant city as soon as you arrive. Whether you’re in town for the shopping, the nightlife or the great museums, everyone will be entertained on a trip to Birmingham.
Are there direct trains from York to Birmingham?
Yes, you can travel directly from York to Birmingham when you travel with CrossCountry.
What amenities are available onboard trains from York to Birmingham?
On the journey from York to Birmingham, you can make the most of all the comforts CrossCountry has to offer. Enjoy a trolley service of hot and cold drinks, as well as light refreshments. Plus, with CrossCountry, you can expect electric plug sockets, a variety of seating choices and ample luggage storage. If you fancy even more comfort, you can upgrade to a First Class ticket.
Does Birmingham New Street Station have step-free access?
Birmingham New Street Station has step-free access throughout. Those with mobility needs can also use ramps for train access, assistance reaching platforms, and accessible ticket machines.
How far is the city centre?
Birmingham New Street Station is located right in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from all major attractions.
Does the station have family areas?
Families visiting Birmingham New Street Station have access to two spacious waiting rooms, as well as baby changing facilities. A good choice of cafés and restaurants offer food for the whole family. A First Class lounge is available for those with a First Class ticket.
For further information about Birmingham New Street Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Birmingham
Onward travel: Taxis, Trams, and Buses in Birmingham
For those wishing to make an onward journey, Birmingham New Street is well-connected to the whole city and the surrounding areas. The Midland Metro Tram service stops regularly in the station and links Birmingham to other cities in the Midlands. Many buses also stop at the station. If you prefer a more direct journey, a taxi rank sits adjacent to the station or you can book a taxi with a local cab company.
Shopping in Birmingham
Birmingham boasts excellent shopping facilities for anyone who fancies a spree. Above Birmingham New Street station, you can find Grand Central with all your high street favourites. The Bullring centre is one of the largest shopping malls in the UK and houses all the big names. 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 city’s Victorian-era arcades offer local and independent options. The Great Western Arcade boasts beautiful architecture, and Piccadilly Arcade is known for its hand painted ceilings. The famous Jewellery Quarter offers lots of choice in bespoke necklaces, earrings, watches and more, with many shops specialising in diamonds and engagement rings.
Culture in Birmingham
Culture in Birmingham is thriving, so there’s lots to do. Learn fascinating history at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, learn about scientific discoveries at Thinktank Birmingham or get your taste buds tingling at Cadbury World. Fancy going further afield? Why not discover Shakespeare’s birthplace and take a train to Stratford-Upon-Avon?
Birmingham’s diversity in culture means the food options are second to none. Pick up a curry in Birmingham’s famous Balti Triangle, or explore the Chinese Quarter to find some of the best Dim Sum restaurants in the Midlands, as well as some of the best karaoke venues in the city. A train journey into Birmingham wouldn’t be complete without a night out on the town. Lots of bars, pubs and clubs make up the 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!