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West Midlands Railway Advice

From 6 September, West Midlands Railway will be running more trains than at any time since the pandemic. In fact, almost as many trains as they did before COVID. This enhanced timetable is the most significant step up in rail capacity since lockdown and will see the introduction of longer trains running modular routes to boost reliability. Passengers are reminded that wearing a face covering is compulsory on trains and in stations unless exempt for medical reasons. West Midlands Railway looks forward to welcoming you on board. Please visit the West Midlands Railway website for the latest timetables.

To help you travel safely, West Midlands Railway are running as many trains as they can, with as many carriages as possible to maximise space on board. They have also stepped up cleaning on trains and at stations, using the latest antiviral equipment and techniques. You can also do your bit, by maintaining your distance whenever possible, buying your tickets online, travelling at a quieter time, and allowing extra time for your journey as station layouts may have changed. But, most importantly, wear a face covering at all times – unless you are exempt. Responsible travel starts here.

Read their helpful travel guidelines here


Birmingham International Station

Birmingham Airport is directly connected to over 100 towns and cities via Birmingham International Station and the free 'Air-Rail Link' monorail system. The Air-Rail Link takes two minutes to get to the station and operates between 03:30 and 00:30 hours daily. Between 00:30 and 02:00 hours there is a courtesy bus in operation.  Please use bus stop C from the Airport Terminal and bus stop NB at the Train Station. 

Please note that the Air-Rail Link is currently suspended. A replacement bus service is being provided from Bus Stop Nb at the train station and Bus Stop C at the front of the terminal. Buses will run every 10 minutes, two hours before your check-in time and one hour after the last flight’s arrival time.

Rail services operate regularly from Birmingham International to a range of destinations, by a number of operators, including:

Avanti West Coast Trains (Formerly known as Virgin Trains)

  • 3 trains per hour (tph) to London Euston
  • 2tph to Birmingham New Street
  • 1tph to Wolverhampton via Birmingham New Street

*For more information about Avanti West Coast, please visit

West Midlands Railway / London Northwestern Railway

  • Up to 3tph to London Euston
  • Up to 3tph to Northampton
  • Up to 3tph to Milton Keynes
  • Up to 4tph to Birmingham New Street
  • Up to 3tph to Rugby

Cross Country   

  • 1tph to Manchester Piccadilly    
  • 1tph to Bournemouth    
  • 4tph to Birmingham New Street    
  • 1tph to London Euston via Northampton    
  • 1tph to Northampton    
  • 1tph to Coventry

Transport for Wales   

  • 1tph to Shrewsbury, of which:    
  • 1tp2h continues to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli after dividing at Machynlleth    
  • 1tp2h continues to Holyhead via Wrexham General and Chester


Or please visit National Rail website for general enquiries

Birmingham New Street is 10 minutes on a direct train, with seven services per hour from Birmingham International. Services to central London operate daily with three trains per hour serving London Euston with Avanti West Coast Trains and London Northwestern Railway. The journey takes approximately 70 minutes with Avanti West Coast Trains.

There is a direct route to London Marylebone from Birmingham Moor Street with Chiltern Railways. Birmingham Moor Street is a short walk from Birmingham New Street which can be accessed directly from Birmingham International Station.

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