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1. Posted by walkabout (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

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Hi there,

just wanted to know if anyone knows how long it takes to get from London to Birmingham? Can u catch a train direct - is this costly?
Is it worth it?

Cheers :-)

2. Posted by crackman (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

if your going to birmingham i doubt it will be too costly. if you et your train ticket a few weeks in advance it can really lower the price. id say it would cost around £30 at the most, if its anymore than that id be gobsmacked

are you going 1 way or return?

3. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

Should take two to two & a half hours to get to Birmingham New Street from Euston London. Try virgin trains, which often do special offers. If you book in advance you'll be able to get a cheaper ticket, if you state the times of your train, it will also be cheaper. You may want to also consider national express coaches, probably cheaper then the train, plus they do these fun fares, basically even cheaper as it isn't a flexible ticket. It's generally cheaper if you book on the web too,

As for Birmingham, it's probably the 2nd or 3rd (As people from Manchester would dispute) city in the UK, but I wouldn't say it's the best. There are loads of shops, bars & vibrant night life, but not as much culture as other British cities. You may like Warwick, which is fairly near, there is a mediaeval castle if you like that sort of thing.

4. Posted by j140870 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Virgin Trains is your best bet... avoid travelling on the weekend, especially Sunday as their services are pretty slow then. But during the week after 10am you can get a direct service from London Euston that taks 90mins. If you book far enough in advance you can get some great fares ( even if you are doing a return , book two singles it'll probably be cheaper ). Prices for a single start from £10. You can search and book through www.qjump.co.uk.

If you are looking for something really cheap Megabus (www.megabus.co.uk) is the one for you. It takes 3hours .. bu you can get a single from £1.00. I wouldn't touch National Express myself ..Not value for money.

;)

As for going there... I wouldn't go out of my way. Plenty of better places and just as cheap to fly to the continent too.

[ Edit: Edited at May 8, 2006 1:59 PM by j140870 ]

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Hi

Try this for times/fares etc to anywhere in the UK.

Birmingham isn't usually a place most travellers go to unless they have family and friends there. I've found people from Birmingham to be great, really nice and down-to-earth and funny. It's huge and multi-cultural but to be honest, not the nicest city for architecture or for nearby scenery !

Don't forget how small and easy to get around the UK really is, its only a few hours to most places! Just earlier today I drove from Bristol to Sheffield and its really easy.

6. Posted by walkabout (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

cheers for all your help!

I plan to be in Birmingham for only a few days before heading around the UK - am really looking forward to seeing Britain!

7. Posted by Birmingham (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

National Express were recently advertising a deal that was something like a one-day return trip from birmingham to london and back for £9.99

8. Posted by Namaste (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

Quoting Laura_B

You may like Warwick, which is fairly near, there is a mediaeval castle if you like that sort of thing.

I've visited the Warwick castle and it is really beautifull. There are even actors dressed up like knights, riding through the park, there are games, contests, spectacles, festivities.The entrance fee is pretty expensive but you can spend a few hours, wandering around in the huge park and having a picnick... Take a look at the site : www.warwick-castle.co.uk
Birmingham isn't usually a place most travellers go to unless they have family and friends there.
Indeed, I was visiting a friend there. There is not much to see (beside the shopping area). I took a boot for a guided tour on the canals and that was about the best.
Have a nice trip,
Grz,

9. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 10y

Id say grab a train or bus on up towards Alton, to go to Alton Towers - a pretty good days fun out. Rollercoaster park etc. Just been last week for my first time and i was well impressed even in the rain.

10. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 10y

Quoting Namaste

[quote=Laura_B]
Birmingham isn't usually a place most travellers go to unless they have family and friends there.

Stop being polite and just say it's rubbish