Trains to Birmingham

How to get cheap train tickets to Birmingham

Looking for affordable train tickets to Birmingham? Follow these tips:

  • Travel Off-Peak: Fares are typically cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. To get better deals, avoid traveling during peak hours.
  • Get a Railcard: Save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys with a Railcard. It’s ideal for anyone who catches the train a few times a year.
  • Use GroupSave: If you’re traveling in a group of 3 to 9 people, take advantage of GroupSave discounts. You could save up to 34% on Off-Peak journeys.
  • Travel after 6:30pm: With our Evening Return tickets, you can enjoy same-day return travel between any two stations in the West Midlands Rail Zones 1-5 for just £2.90.
  • Book in Advance: Get the cheapest fares by booking early. Many of our longer distance routes, including our LNR trains to and from London, Liverpool or Birmingham, offer cheaper fares when booking ahead. You could save up to 78%!
  • Book Direct: No booking fees for all train journeys on our website or app.

Things to do in Birmingham

Birmingham is a cultural hub that buzzes with vibrant shopping districts, a calendar packed with sensational events, and some of the finest cuisine around.

Culture and heritage

Birmingham celebrates its past, present and future as a diverse, buzzing cultural hub. The youthful vibe reflects the city’s official status as the youngest city in Europe.

Explore the vivid history and fascinating heritage through museums, galleries, and landmarks.

While the wonder-filled Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery undergoes (closure for) vital refits, step back in time at Birmingham Back to Backs , a preserved enclave of working-class houses that offer a poignant glimpse into the lives of Victorian families.

A haven of tranquillity and industrial charm, embrace the serenity of Birmingham's canals, a network of waterways that once played a pivotal role in the city's industrial past, and venture into the historic Jewellery Quarter, a vibrant hub of creativity and craftsmanship.

Experience Birmingham's vibrant arts and culture scene at theatres, cinemas, and concert venues hosting local and international talent. For theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome is the hub of all things visual arts, from drama and comedy to ballet, panto to musicals, gala fundraisers to poetry fests.

Homegrown stars like actors Julie Walters and David Harewood, comedian Frank Skinner, and musicians Duran Duran, UB40, and Jorja Smith all hail from this incredible city.

Don't miss a performance at the majestic Symphony Hall , renowned for its world-class acoustics, where you can catch the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a selection of top musicians.

Attractions

From celebrated buildings to hands-on museums, Birmingham offers attractions to keep everyone entertained and amazed.

For architecture enthusiasts, Birmingham presents a captivating array of iconic buildings that showcase diverse styles and eras. Gaze up at the futuristic Selfridges building and explore the iconic Bullring shopping centre.

Admire the stunning Library of Birmingham and the sleek architecture of Millennium Point , the multi-use conference centre at the heart of the city where the ‘what’s on’ calendar is always full.

Discover a magical underwater kingdom at the National Sea Life Centre , build your own ingenious creations at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, or find some inner calm as you wander through the serene Birmingham Botanical Gardens . These attractions offer discounted entry when you travel by train.

Chocolate lovers can indulge at Cadbury World , tracing the brand's history and relishing its sweet, rich delights and if travel by train, you can save 1/3 off on same day admissions .

Be sure to check out the region's discounted attraction offers to make the most of your visit to Birmingham by train.

Food and drink

Birmingham, a culinary melting pot and the birthplace of the renowned Balti curry, is a foodie's paradise with cuisines and venues to satisfy every craving.

Savour the city's famous spicy curries served in hot metal bowls in the Balti Triangle to the south of the city centre

With six Michelin-star restaurants in the city, countless cafes, pubs, and bistros, you'll find local and international flavours for every taste and budget.

Party or dine on the canalside at the Mailbox or grab a bite at one of The Bullring’s banquet of delights from sushi to mezze, tapas to Thai.

The thriving Jewellery Quarter will see you spoilt for choice with its array of enticing eateries.

For the ultimate in vegan eating, try Land in the Great Western Arcade or Ba-Ha in Bordesley. Sample beers at ale-lover’s paradise Two Towers Brewery where its flagship Gunmakers Arms has plenty to offer; grab yourself a delicious bite from its Chinese kitchen and take in live music on a Sunday or even stay overnight.

Channel your inner connoisseur at up-market distilleries like Grain and Glass , home to Birmingham Whisky Club or book a tasting session at multi award-winning 40 St Paul's Gin Bar .

Sports and outdoors

As the recent host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham showed the world its passion for sports.

Football fans can cheer on Birmingham City at St Andrew's Stadium or, if you’re a ‘Villan’, then head to Villa Park to take in an Aston Villa match. Watch athletics champions in action at Alexander Stadium , host to the Diamond League and British Championships. Or spend a day at the cricket in Edgbaston .

To get the best of outdoor Birmingham take one of the many walking tours and if you are feeling adventurous then do it the self-guided way.

For a welcome breath of fresh air, there are surprising acres of green parks and gardens within the city. Open spaces abound at the brilliant Cannon Hill Park , with lakes, woodlands, play areas, wildlife and sports facilities.

Fancy something different? Take a guided kayaking tour on one of the most intricate canal networks in the world. For the seriously outdoorsy, try water sports at Edgbaston Reservoir , or snowboarding at Ackers Adventure Centre.

Just a ten-minute walk from Birmingham International train station, Bear Grylls Adventure is a must for any true thrill-seeker.

Music and nightlife

Dive into Birmingham's lively music and nightlife scene, featuring chart-topping acts, to classical and jazz and local talent in diverse nightlife options.

Catch the best of entertainment at the venues Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena with acts as varied as world-class chart toppers, motocross and basketball.

Experience classical and jazz at Symphony Hall and Town Hall, while Birmingham Hippodrome is guaranteed to please every cultural palette, with opera and big-name musicals.

For a family-friendly evening, then Star City is your place with bowling, escape rooms, lasers and crazy golf alongside movies, meals and mayhem.

Birmingham's youthful energy is palpable in its vibrant entertainment scene. Gas Street Basin, a lively waterfront hub, pulsates with life as bars, restaurants, and live music venues come alive after dark.

Discover emerging local talent at intimate venues like Hare and Hounds . Or make a bee-line for the Sunflower Lounge for edgy, up-and-coming music. The Glee Club is a must for brilliant comedy.

Dance the night away, grab a pint, or just chill - Birmingham has bars, clubs, and pubs to suit every taste. Party on Broad Street, where you can take your pick of clubs, cocktail bars and eateries in the Arcadian , and the Mailbox . Explore alternative scenes in the Jewellery Quarter, the newly revitalised Digbeth , or Moseley.

If you like your nightlife more spooky, then book the thrilling Ghosts of Birmingham Night Walk .

Shopping

Shopaholics rejoice! Birmingham offers a rich retail therapy experience for everyone.

Shop ‘til you drop in the famous, revamped Bullring Centre and stylish Grand Central Mall. With over 200 shops, you’d be hard pushed to find a brand name left off the list. For a pit stop, pick from the multitude of cafes and restaurants.

Pop along to the beautiful Great Western Arcade, where you’re bound to find a unique pop-up or interesting project being undertaken alongside quirky, independent retail units. Browse The Rag Market for all things vintage, unique and handcrafted.

For a modern twist, Resorts World Birmingham offers more than just out-of-town shopping for all the family. Just a 10-minute walk from Birmingham International train station, you’ll find dining options catering to all tastes as well as a cinema, bowling alley, escape rooms and gaming arcades for your entertainment.

If ultimate luxury is your thing, then give your wallet a bashing on high end retail or beauty therapy at The Mailbox where Harvey Nick’s beckons. Indulge in canalside dining or take in a hit of culture at an art exhibit.

Stations

Birmingham Moor Street (BMO)

Address:
Birmingham Moor Street station
Queensway
Birmingham
West Midlands
B4 7UL
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Birmingham New Street (BHM)

Address:
Birmingham New Street station
Station Street
Birmingham
West Midlands
B2 4QA
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Where do WMR trains to Birmingham arrive and depart?

WMR trains arrive and depart from Birmingham's three main railway stations providing connections to both local and national destinations.

Birmingham New Street is the largest and busiest of the three stations and has frequent services to London Euston station and many other major towns and cities across the UK

Birmingham Snow Hill (in the Colmore Business District) and Birmingham Moor Street (next to the bullring) provide local services to Worcester Shrub Hill, Kidderminster, Stourbridge Junction, Hereford, Solihull, and Stratford-upon-Avon.

When is the best time to travel to Birmingham by train?

Travel off-peak to enjoy a smoother journey on our less crowded train services.

Heading into the city for a night out? For just £2.90, you'll to get into town and back for a great night out with our Evening Return ticket.

One adult accompanied by up to two children can travel for just £1 with our Friends & Family ticket when accompanied by a nNetwork or nTrain season ticket holder, ensuring you have more money to spend on fun activities during your day out.

Can I book assistance for my train journey to Birmingham?

Yes, we offer Passenger Assist services at the station and on-board trains. We recommend booking at least 2 hours before you travel. You can book assistance via the Passenger Assist app , website, text or by phone on 0800 024 8998 . For more information, please visit our Passenger Assist page.