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How to Get From London to Birmingham by Train, Bus and Car

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Details of how to get from London to Birmingham by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.
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London to Birmingham by Train

There are frequent trains to Birmingham New Street in the center of Birmingham from London Euston. Birmingham New Street Station is also a major hub for trains to Wales and throughout the West Midlands and the Northwest.

The journey takes about an 1hr 25min. In one of the oddities of the UK rail system, it is often cheaper to buy two one-way (single) tickets than to buy a round-trip (return) ticket. In August 2013, two advance-fare, off-peak singles cost £6 each for a total of £12 compared to a normal round trip ticket which started at £23.

London to Birmingham by Bus

Buses from London to Birmingham take between 2hr 40 min and 3 hours. In the UK people usually refer to buses on such long trips as "coaches". But don't get to excited. A coach by any other name is a bus to North Americans. Standard round trip fare is about £24, but limited numbers of online, advance tickets - called fun fares - may be availble for as little as £5 each way. There are two buses an hour between Victoria Coach Station in London and Birmingham Central Coach Station.

Bus tickets can be purchased online. There is usually a 50pence booking fee.

London to Birmingham by Car

Birmingham is 119 miles northwest of London, via the M1 and M6 motorways. It takes at least 2hr 30min to drive. Keep in mind that gasoline, called petrol in the UK, is sold by the liter (a little more than a quart) and the price is usually more than $2 a quart.

UK Travel Tip: Birmingham's position, at the hub of a number of important motorway (highway) routes, as well as the pattern of development of its downtown area in the 1960s and 1970s, make it a difficult place to drive - even for UK drivers who are used to driving on the left. Unless you know your way around Birmingham by car, it's probably safer and easier on your nerves to make use of the Park and Ride facilities outside the central city. They offer inexpensive municipal parking and regular bus services to central points in the city.

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