Book your Christmas and winter holiday trains. Read COVID-19 updates on European train services here. Buche deine Zugreise für Weihnachten und die Winterferien. Lies Coronavirus-Updates über Zugverbindungen in Europa hier. Réservez vos trains pour les vacances de Noël et d'hiver. Lisez notre page dédiée aux nouvelles sur le Covid-19 et les conditions de circulation en Europe ici. Prenota il tuo viaggio per Natale e le vacanze d’inverno. Leggi gli aggiornamenti COVID-19 sui servizi dei treni in Europa qui. Reservan sus trenes para las vacaciones de Navidad y del invierno. Lea las actualizaciones sobre COVID-19 y los servicios de trenes europeos aquí. Reservem seus trens de Natal e de inverno. Leia as atualizações sobre o Covid-19 e os serviços ferroviários europeus aqui.

Trains to Birmingham

England’s second city is back in business. Creative designers and architects have rescued Birmingham from the horrors inflicted on the city by planners in the 1960s. Ambitious regeneration has transformed Birmingham over the last decade. Chic restaurants by the city’s canals (yes, Birmingham has more canals than Venice) are booming, the once rather run-down Jewellery Quarter is a joy to wander and the city’s Museum & Art Gallery boasts the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art anywhere in the world. Make time to visit the historic Bournville district, then head back into town to tap into some of the cultural energy which helps make Birmingham a city not to be missed.

Sleek modern trams and local trains connect Birmingham with other cities in the West Midlands. The main hub for long-distance trains is Birmingham New Street station, now looking much smarter after a much needed facelift. But do note that some trains serve Snow Hill and / or Moor Street instead. The latter deserves a visit, as it is a very fine restoration of a Victorian railway station.

The city is served by two principal rail routes from London, one from London Euston to Birmingham New Street and the other from London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street. New Street is a major hub for cross-country services with regular departures to Bristol, Exeter, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds, York, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Quite apart from the obvious attractions of Birmingham itself, the city makes a great base for exploring the English Midlands. Major sights such as Stratford upon Avon, Warwick Castle and Ironbridge Gorge are all within easy reach of Birmingham - and all easily reached by train.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.