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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £5.50
  2. 30 day advance £5.50
  3. 7 day advance £20.00
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  1. The fastest way to travel by train from London to Birmingham is on Virgin Trains services. These depart every 20 minutes from London Euston on weekdays (less often on Sundays) with most trains reaching Birmingham New Street in about 85 minutes. London Midland also run directly from Euston to Birmingham New Street, but that company's trains are very much slower; they always take over two hours for the journey.

    There is also an alternative route to Birmingham Moor Street which leaves from Marylebone station in London. Trains on this line take just under two hours, so the service is slower, but the journey takes in much better scenery and there are often cheaper fares available on this second route, which is run by Chiltern Railways.

    Whichever route you choose for your journey from London to Birmingham, bookings open generally about 2 to 3 months in advance of travel. It pays to book your ticket a few weeks prior to travel if you are keen to secure a bargain fare. If you do not mind a slower journey on a less comfortable train, then cheaper fares are often still available on the London Midland services even just a few days prior to travel.


    London to Birmingham

    The Virgin Trains services to Birmingham all leave from London Euston station. Euston wins no marks for architectural charm, but Virgin Trains will soon have you on your way to England’s second city. The Virgin services to Birmingham New Street generally make three intermediate stops on the way. The much slower London Midland trains on the same route all make over a dozen stops along the way.

    The journey cuts through the Chiltern Hills, then runs north through tame agricultural country to reach the West Midlands. Almost all trains on this route stop at Coventry and Birmingham International (for the airport) before reaching New Street station in the very heart of Birmingham.

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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.

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