Trains to Birmingham
Cheap Trains to Birmingham
"To me, Birmingham is the greatest place in the world.” Mark Lewis Francis
In the destination guide below, you will find handy tips to help you to get cheap train tickets to Birmingham.
Tip 1: Buying your ticket in advance is always cheaper
If you book your train tickets early in order to get advance tickets, you will find your journey works out cheaper. These cheaper tickets are normally made available to book up to 12 weeks before your journey departs, so you can search for these any time from then. Sometimes these best priced tickets can sell out, so it is worth not waiting too late before travel to book these. If you do find you need to book at last minute, these tickets, however, can be available up to an hour before departure if they haven't sold out. If you check with the Train Operating Company you are planning to take your journey with they will provide further information on the availability of advance tickets. West Midland Trains operate any of the trains to the City Centre.
Tip 2: Make sure to avoid booking fees for a cheap train ticket to Birmingham
We charge no credit card or booking fees on your journey so we often offer the best price, only if you make a saving on your split ticket will you be charged 10% of that saving. Other retailers, however, do charge fees for every travel booking made, the Trainline, for example, charges £1.50 per ticket. As a National Rail Accredited retailer, you can trust us when you book your journey.
Tip 3: Use Delay Repay to get a refund and find the cheapest train tickets to Birmingham
If you find that your train is delayed you can get compensation for your journey directly from the Train Operating Company you are travelling with, through a scheme known as Delay Repay. Whatever the cause for your travel dela this will get you cheaper tickets, the delay time in order to receive compensation can even be as low as 15 minutes with some operators. To find out the conditions for a specific operator such as West Midlands Trains, it is worth contacting them directly, you will then apply for the refund through them.
Tip 4: Avoid popular stations to find cheap train tickets to Birmingham, if you can
It makes sense to avoid the busy city centre to get the best price on your tickets if you can, this is because the price of train tickets can fluctuate based on demand. As such, if you are able to take your journey to just outside the city, rather than a station in the city centre such as Birmingham New Street Station, you may find your tickets are cheaper.
Tell us which station you want to go to and in no time you could be arriving at Birmingham New Street Station and enjoying the vibrant, cultural hotspot that is Birmingham with Cat Deely and Ozzy Osbourne (Well you never know). You might like to explore the fabulous Georgian and Victorian architecture, enjoy the variety of amazing food Birmingham offers or wander around the shops in the Bullring. Birmingham is a great destination with some of the UK's best attractions, ideal for families and groups of friends; it's also a great place to travel on business.
Tip 5: If there's at least 3 of you then you can buy cheaper fares with Groupsave
If you're going on a train journey in a group of up to 9 but at least 3 people, you can save 1/3 off your travel with a Groupsave Discount in order to pay for your ticket at the best price. The only conditions for this are that you must be travelling on an off-peak train and booking your tickets together. The discount is automatically applied at check out, though it can depend on the rail network you're using as to whether it's available. If you'd rather not collect lots of paper tickets, you can receive your tickets to your phone via E-Ticket and then pass these on to the others in your group.
Tip 6: Look at both Single and Return tickets to Birmingham
If you are travelling to and back from Birmingham, it can be worth comparing the price between two singles and one return ticket. One can often work out cheaper than the other so checking both may get you cheaper tickets. Split My Fare automatically looks at the different combinations in order to find you the cheapest ticket for your journey.
Tip 7: Journey on a slower train for cheap tickets to Birmingham
If you're not in a rush to reach Birmingham, it can be worth hopping on a train which takes slightly longer. Sometimes these trains can be cheaper and we will automatically show when they are. Though if you are looking to get to your destination as fast as possible, you can select to only see the fastest journeys.
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Tip 8: Compare the prices of both Standard Class and 1st Class Train Tickets It seems daft but it can sometimes be the case that you will get the cheapest train tickets if you book 1st Class, rather than Standard Class. A reason this happens can be for example if not many 1st Class tickets on a train have been sold but Standard Class tickets are almost sold out. We have a handy dropdown so you can toggle between Standard and 1st Class tickets to save money
Tip 9: If you travel regularly, Railcards can be used in order to get the cheapest train ticket to Birmingham
If you travel at least three times a year, a great way to save money is by getting a Railcard. This is because with it you can save up to 1/3 off rail travel, so they can be very handy in getting cheap train tickets to Birmingham. All of the Train Operating Companies also accept Railcards and with it, you can get free entry to many attractions and a whole host of discounts too.
The price of railcards start at just £20 per year and they are even cheaper if you buy them for a 3 year period. starting at just £54.
If you're journeying to Birmingham as a couple, the Two Together Railcard can be very handy, It costs just £30 and will save you 1/3 off most fares.
If there is a group of you going to Birmingham then Family and Friends Railcard may be very handy. Kids will receive a massive 60% off their tickets and you will also save 1/3 off most adult tickets. It can be used by up to 4 Adults and 4 Children.
If you happen to be in your 60s over older, then the Senior Railcard will be particularly handy for you. It again provides 1/3 off most rail fares, the 1-year card is £30 and a 3-year card just £70!
If you're a Disabled Passenger then the Disabled Person Railcard is useful. It costs just £20 a year and offers a 1/3 off most train fares.
There are numerous other Railcards available, including the 16-25 , 26-30 and Network Railcard. More details can be found on the Railcard website and you can buy one from any National Rail Ticket Office.
Tip 10: Flexibility will get you cheaper tickets
If you're not set on the date and time you need to travel, you will find yourself better able to find cheap train tickets to Birmingham. By looking at other dates and times you may find advance tickets or off-peak tickets are available, by going on a weekday rather than a weekend this can also save you money on your train ticket.
Main stations in Birmingham:
- Birmingham International
- Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham Moor Street
- Birmingham Snow Hill
- University (Birmingham)
- Hamstead (Birmingham)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Birmingham Airport by train?
You can get a train from many cities to Birmingham International Station at Birmingham Airport. The Airport also has a free Air-Rail Link system.
Why are trains to Birmingham so expensive?
Birmingham has the most expensive train tickets in Europe. This is due in part to rail privatisation.