A view of the Manchester City Docks with buildings lit up at night and a walkway with railings in the foreground.

Birmingham to Manchester Train Tickets

Book Cheap Train Tickets From Birmingham to Manchester

Manchester is a great city to visit for a long weekend city break. A direct train from Birmingham New Street Station to Manchester Piccadilly Station runs twice per hour and is operated by CrossCountry and Transport for Wales. Direct high-speed trains operated by CrossCountry take around 1 Hour and 30 Minutes. Trains from Birmingham to Manchester cover 70 Miles / 113 Kilometres.

Once you arrive, there are numerous places you can choose from to visit. You could tour Old Trafford, walk around Heaton Park, or visit the Science and Industry Museum.

You can search for travel to Manchester by train using our booking engine. The average price of a train ticket can vary depending on how early you book your trip and if you avoid peak times, but you can generally find split ticket savings when you book with us.

Travelling From Birmingham to Manchester by Train






70 Miles / 113 Kilometres

First Service


Last Service


Fastest Journey Time

1 Hour 26 Minutes

Avg. Journey Time

1 Hour 33 Minutes


37 Trains per day


CrossCountry, Transport for Wales

Birmingham to Manchester Train Routes

There are numerous cities well worth visiting near both Birmingham and Manchester. The route to Manchester runs from Bournemouth, so you can quickly call in at Oxford, Southampton, or Coventry. Find more journey details and how much services from Birmingham cost for your trip with our booking engine. If you can, book in advance once you know the specific travel date.

Train Companies


CrossCountry operates a direct service between Birmingham and Manchester, stopping at Wolverhampton, Stafford, and Stoke-on-Trent. CrossCountry offers Standard and First-Class seating, with both offering Free WiFi and complimentary food.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the train from Birmingham to Manchester take?

Travel from Birmingham to Manchester takes an average of 1 Hour 33 Minutes, but the fastest direct trains take just 1 Hour 26 Minutes.

How much does the train from Birmingham to Manchester cost?

The cost of the journey from Birmingham to Manchester varies. To save money and find the cheapest fares travel at an off-peak time.

What time does the first train from Birmingham to Manchester leave?

The first service from Birmingham to Manchester start to leave at around 05:57 on weekdays.

What time does the last train from Birmingham to Manchester leave?

The last service from Birmingham to Manchester leaves at around 22:31.

Which train companies operate between Birmingham and Manchester?

CrossCountry operates direct trains between Birmingham and Manchester, and Transport for Wales also runs services.

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