How to take a rail journey from London to Birmingham

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London to Birmingham by train

There are three very different options for taking the journey by train from London to Birmingham, because there are three routes taken - and a different company operates the train on each route.
However, more choice means more opportunities to save money and to select different departure and arrival stations.

In summary the choices are:

  1. taking a tilting express train, operated by Avanti West Coast from Euston station in London to New Street station in Birmingham;
  2. taking a London Northwestern train from Euston to New Street station over a slower, less direct, route;
  3. taking a train operated by Chiltern Railways from Marylebone station in London to Moor Street station in Birmingham.

Routes you can take to go from London to Birmingham

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: taking an Avanti West Coast train
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 25min



Travel Info

Current timetable:
2 x trains per hour

The plan is to have 3 x trains per hour available at a later date in 2023.

Route Information

Option 2: taking a London Northwestern Railway train
Travel Time (approx)

2hr 5min - 2hr 25min approx



Travel Info

1 - 2 x trains per hour

Route Information

Option 3: taking a Chiltern Railways train
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 39min - 2hr 6min



Travel Info

1 or 2 x trains per hour

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