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London to Birmingham by National Express & Megabus


National Express coach from London to Birmingham

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Coach services from London to Birmingham are operated by two UKs’ well-known carriers - National Express and Megabus.
National Express and Megabus provide a direct intercity coach service between London and Birmingham. There is no other coach operator, which offers similar shuttle service between these two cities.
National Express offers more than 30 direct services per day, while Megabus has about 8 connections a day.
Some National Express and Megabus services terminate in Birmingham, but most of them are not intended to serve the route from London to Birmingham only, the coaches run on larger distances and Birmingham is only an intermediate stop. Both National Express and Megabus stop at Birmingham International Airport.
The National Express direct coach lines between London and Birmingham are 410 and 420 and other carriers’ routes passing through Birmingham. There are also some indirect routes between these cities, which require connecting at Milton Keynes Coach Station. M1 is the Megabus line from London to Birmingham.

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Most of the services from Birmingham to London begin their journey at one of the UKs’ northern cities or towns, however, all terminate at Victoria Coach Station in London (see details below).
National Express & Megabus coaches are high-class vehicles, equipped with toilet, air conditioning, reclining seats and radio. Both carriers put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Some coaches on this route provide free Wi-Fi and can take passengers in wheelchairs on board the bus.
Travelling between London and Birmingham with National Express takes about 2½ hours and 3 hours with Megabus. This is one of the cheapest transport options between Central London and Birmingham.

Go to National Express or Megabus website to check current timetable and prices and book a ticket for your journey.

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Timetables and fares...

London to Birmingham by National Express

National Express service number 420
420
410 410
570
410
420
410
545
570
410
409
570
410 420 410
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation 2
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 0:30 6:00 7:00 8:00 8:00 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 12:00 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00
LONDON, Marble Arch
Dep. - 6:05 - - - - 9:35 - - - - - - - 14:35 -
LONDON, Golders Green
Dep. 1:00 6:30 - - 8:35 - 10:05 - - 11:35 - - 14:05 - 15:05 -
BIRMINGHAM, Coach Station
Arr. 3:35 8:50h 9:35 10:35 11:05 11:35 12:35 12:35 13:25 13:50 14:35 15:35 16:40 16:35 17:20 17:35
BIRMINGHAM, Perry Barr.
Arr. - - - - - - - 12:50 - - - - - - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Great Barr. Arr - - - - - - - 12:55 - - - - - - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Five Ways
Arr. - - - 10:45 - - - - - - 14:45 - - 16:45b - -
BIRMINGHAM, Bearwood
Arr. - - - 10:55 - - - - - - 14:55 - - 16:55c - -

London to Birmingham by National Express

National Express service number 418
410
420
410
410
419
417
410 410
410
419 410
420
421 422
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 3
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 21:00 21:30 22:00 23:00 23:30 23:30
LONDON, Marble Arch Dep. 15:35 - 16:35 - - -
19:05
- 20:05
- - - - - -
LONDON, Golders Green Dep. 16:05 - - - - -
19:35 - 20:35
- - - - - 23:55
BIRMINGHAM, Coach Station
Arr. 18:25 18:35h 19:25h 19:35h 20:35h 21:10h 21:50 22:05 23:05 23:35 0:05 0:40 1:50 2:45 2:50
BIRMINGHAM, Perry Barr. Arr. - 18:50h - -
- - 22:05 - - - - 0:45 - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Great Barr. Arr. - 18:55h - - - - 22:10 - - - - 0:55 - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Five Ways Arr. - - - - 20:45h - - - - - - - - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Bearwood Arr. - - - - 20:55h - - - - - - - - - -

2 = Does not operate 27 December and 2 January, but operates additionally 25 December and 1 January
3 = Operates additionally 26 December and 1 January
b = Operates 5 mins later Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays and 24, 27, 28 & 31 December)
c = Operates 10 mins later Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays and 24, 27, 28 & 31 December)
d = Operates 15 mins later Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays and 24, 27, 28 & 31 December)

Birmingham to London by National Express

National Express service number 421
422
420
410
419
420
410
417
410
419
410
418
420
410 570
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation 4
4
-
-
-
- - - - - - - - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Bearwood Dep. - - - - - 7:00 - - 8:00x - 9:15g - - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Five Ways Dep. - - - - - 7:05 - - 8:20g - 9:25a - - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Great Barr. Dep. - - - - - - - 7:45g - - - - - 10:55 -
BIRMINGHAM, Perry Barr. Dep. - - - - - - - 7:55g - - - - - 11:00 -
BIRMINGHAM, Coach Station
Dep. 3:00 3:00 5:00 6:00 7:00 7:30 8:00
8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00
LONDON, Golders Green Arr. - 6:00 7:05 - - 9:35 - 10:35 - - - 12:35 13:05 - 14:20
LONDON, Finchley Rd. Arr. - - 7:15 8:05h - 9:50 10:10 - 11:10 - 12:10 - 13:20 13:40 -
LONDON, Marylebone Arr. - - 7:30 8:15h - - - - - - - - 13:40 - -
LONDON, Marble Arch Arr. - - 7:40 8:25h - 10:10 10:25 11:10 11:25 - 12:25 13:10 - 13:55 14:55k
LONDON, Earl's Court Arr. - - - - 9:30h - - - - 12:00 - - - - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 6:15 6:20 7:50 8:35h 9:40h 10:20 10:35 11:20 11:35 12:10 12:35 13:20 13:50 14:05 15:05k

Birmingham to London by National Express

National Express service number 409
420 410
420
570
545
410 420 410 420
410 570
410
410 420 540
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - 1
BIRMINGHAM, Bearwood Dep. - - 13:00 - - - - - - 16:45g - - - 19:30 - -
BIRMINGHAM, Five Ways Dep. - - 13:05 - - - - - - 16:55a - - - 19:35 - -
BIRMINGHAM, Great Barr. Dep. - - - - - - 14:55 - - - - - - - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Perry Barr. Dep. - - - - - - 15:00 - - - - - - - - -
BIRMINGHAM, Coach Station
Dep. 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 20:00 21:00 21:45
LONDON, Golders Green Arr. - 15:05 - 16:05k - - - 18:15 - 19:45 - 20:50 - 22:05 - -
LONDON, Finchley Rd. Arr. 14:40 15:20 15:40 16:20k 16:40k - 17:40 18:25 19:10 19:55 20:10 - 21:10 22:15 23:20 -
LONDON, Marylebone Arr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
LONDON, Marble Arch Arr. 14:55 15:40 15:55 16:40k 16:55k 17:50 17:55 18:40 19:40 20:10 20:25 21:20 21:25 22:30 23:35 -
LONDON, Earl's Court Arr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 15:05 15:50 16:05 16:50k 17:05k 18:00 18:05 18:50 19:50 20:20 20:35 21:30 21:35 22:40 23:45 0:10

1 = Does not operate 26th August, but operates additionally 27th August
4 = Operates additionally 1 January
a = Operates 10 mins later Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (also 28-30 December)
g = Operates 15 mins later Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (also 24, 27, 28 & 31 December)
k = Operates 15 mins later Friday
x = Operates 30 mins later Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (also 24,27, 28 & 31 December)

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
BIRMINGHAM, Coach Station, Mill Lane, Digbeth
LONDON, (Marble Arch), Park Lane, BIRMINGHAM, (Perry Barr), Aldridge Road, outside B.C.U., nr subway
LONDON, (Golders Green), Bus Station, Stops GD/GE BIRMINGHAM, (Great Barr), Birmingham Road, Cross Lane
LONDON, (Finchley Road Station), Finchley Road, Stop CH BIRMINGHAM, (Five Ways), Hagley Road, Lay-by close to Marriott Hotel
LONDON, (Marylebone), Baker Street Station, Baker Street, Stop A BIRMINGHAM, (Bearwood), Hagley Road, Lay-by, outside Bus Station
LONDON, (Earl’s Court), West Cromwell Road, Stop D, near Tesco

Prices for online tickets

London to Birmingham
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Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Birmingham (Standard)
£15 £20 £12 £16 £7.50 £10 London to Birmingham
Birmingham to London (Standard)
£15 £20 £12 £16 £7.50 £10 Birmingham to London
London to Birmingham (eg. APEX/Funfares)
from £6 one way from £6 one way from £6 one way London to Birmingham
Birmingham to London (eg. APEX/Funfares) from £6 one way from £6 one way from £6 one way Birmingham to London
  • Age categories: Children: 3-15 years, Seniors: 60+ years. Children aged under 3 travel free.

Timetables and fares...

London to Birmingham by Megabus

Megabus service number

MB1
MB1 MB1
MB1 MB1 MB1
MB1
MB1
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Fridays Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - 1 2 - 2* 1*
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 1:00 11:00 13:30 13:30 15:00 18:30 21:30 22:00
BIRMINGHAM, International Airport
Arr. 3:30 13:40 16:10 16:20 17:40 21:10 - -
BIRMINGHAM, Railway Bridge (Stop 1), Hill Str.
Arr. 3:55 14:05 16:35 16:55 18:05 21:35
0:15 0:45

Birmingham to London by Megabus

Megabus service number MB1 MB1 MB1 MB1 MB1
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Fridays
BIRMINGHAM, Railway Bridge (Stop 1), Hill Str.
Dep. 7:40^
10:55 13:25 15:45 19:30
BIRMINGHAM, International Airport Dep. 8:00^ 11:15 13:45 16:10 19:55
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 11:00 14:00 16:30 19:00 22:30

1 - to 20.12.13
2 - from 23.12.13
^ - 15 mins later Sat, Sun
s - sets down only
* - Part or all of this journey operates in the morning of the following day

Megabus provides more connections throughout the day

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
BIRMINGHAM, Railway Bridge (Stop 1), Hill Str.
BIRMINGHAM, International Airport, Stop G, outside Terminal 1

Prices for online tickets

London to Birmingham
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Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Birmingham
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way London to Birmingham
Birmingham to London
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way Birmingham to London

Printable timetables, frequency, travel times and fares for coach services between

London and Birmingham

Route Carrier Frequency Travel time Timetable Online prices Bookings
London to Birmingham National Express 30 per day approx 2:30 stops & times from £6
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Birmingham to London National Express 30 per day approx 2:30 stops & times from £6 Book now
London to Birmingham Megabus 10 per day approx 3:05 stops & times from £1+50p Book now
Birmingham to London Megabus 10 per day approx 3:05 stops & times from £1+50p Book now

How to buy tickets online for travel from London to Birmingham?

To purchase tickets online for National Express routes you can do it directly at the Europebus home page using a journey planner provided. You can also do it on the National Express website. For Megabus connections visit Megabus website. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended, because services between London and Birmingham are very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days.

Carriage of luggage

The National Express’ coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling.
Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.

Megabus doesn’t check luggage or provide receipts for luggage transported on the bus by the passenger.  Passengers are advised that Megabus will accept up to one piece of luggage per passenger. For guidance this should be no more than the size of a standard suitcase and should not weigh more than 20kg.  Passengers can also take on board one small piece of luggage that must fit either on your lap or under the seat in front of you.

Of course you can take a bike but... In a bike bag as carry-on luggage, semi-dismantled, free of charge. You can take a bicycle with you as carry-on luggage free of charge on any coach, if you put it in a zip-up 'bike bag', with wheels and pedals removed and handlebars turned. Bike bags are available from most cycle shops, for example www.wiggle.co.uk

Overview of alternative transports between London and Birmingham. Trains & airlines services within the UK.

If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or in some cases flight services. If you want to travel for example from London to Birmingham or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Train Line website,, while good flights between British cities are recommend on the Budget Air’s website

Rail services in the UK are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at the Train Line website,
Regular air links to distant cities in Britain can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

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