Mainline FAQs

Your Questions Answered

We aim to make fast train travel an easier, more pleasurable, more efficient and more affordable experience. To show you how, here are the answers to the questions we’re most frequently asked.

Where do Mainline trains stop?

Our fastest Mainline trains travel at peak times* depart from Birmingham Snow Hill, calling at Birmingham Moor Street, Solihull and Warwick Parkway only, before travelling non-stop to London Marylebone.

Every hour, a Mainline train starts at Birmingham Snow Hill, calling at Moor St, Solihull, Warwick Parkway, Leamington Spa, Banbury and London Marylebone.

Also every hour, an additional Mainline train departs from Birmingham Moor Street, calling at Solihull, Dorridge, Warwick Parkway, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Banbury, Bicester North, High Wycombe and London Marylebone.

How fast are Mainline trains?

The new service is up to 20% faster than before September 2011. The fastest journey time from Birmingham to London will be just 1hr 34 mins, and the quickest journey from Warwick Parkway will be 1hr 12 mins.

How much do Mainline tickets cost?

To make life easier for our passengers, just three simple fares are available for all stations between Birmingham and Warwick Parkway for travel to/from London:

Anytime return £95 – travel on any train, anytime.

Off Peak £50 – travel on any train, except on weekday morning* trains towards London.

Super Off Peak £28.90 - travel on any train, except on weekday morning trains towards London and evening peak* time trains travelling from London.

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What is the Business Zone, what are the benefits?

In the Business Zone we have created the ideal working environment. You can enjoy larger tables and seats that are not only wider, but also have more legroom than any other train service between Birmingham and London.

Passengers in the Business Zone are also attended to by a dedicated train host who can provide an at-seat catering service that includes freshly cooked bacon rolls and free tea or coffee.

All trains with a Business Zone offer free Wi-Fi, and you can reserve specific seats. Business Zone access can be purchased with your ticket or dependant on availability you are welcome to upgrade onboard.

Business Zone can be found on:

Southbound:
06.09 from Kidderminster (calling at Birmingham Snow Hill at 06.50 and Birmingham Moor Street at 06.55)
06.38 from Stourbridge (calling at Birmingham Snow Hill at 07.06 and Birmingham Moor Street at 07.11)
10.55 from Birmingham Moor Street
12.55 from Birmingham Moor Street
15.55 from Birmingham Moor Street

Northbound:
08.45  from Marylebone
10.15 from Marylebone
13.15 from Marylebone
16.47 from Marylebone
17.15 from Marylebone
18.15 from Marylebone

How much do Business Zone tickets cost?

A £25 supplement is required per journey to travel in the Business Zone. Business Zone is not first class, and any standard class ticket is valid with a Business Zone supplement, which can be purchased with your ticket (if booking at a station) or simply upgraded onboard.

On off-peak services, the Business Zone supplement will be just £10.

*Morning peak: Arriving in London before 1000 (1130: Super off-peak fares). Evening peak: Departing London before 0630,and between 1600 and 1900.
Business Zone is only available on our Silver trains.

What catering facilities are available?

All Mainline trains leaving Birmingham before midday on weekdays offer a wide selection of drinks and snacks. All trains leaving London in the morning also feature a catering service, as do our Silver train services leaving London at 1650 and 1807 and leaving Birmingham at 1555.

On all morning trains we serve freshly cooked bacon rolls, and on our Silver trains these are prepared in our on-board kitchen.

Is Wi-Fi available?

WiFi is available free of charge on all Mainline trains.

How well is Marylebone connected within London?

London Marylebone station is in the heart of London, within a mile of both London Euston and London Paddington and within walking distance of Oxford Street.

As well as its own station on the Bakerloo line, Marylebone Station is close to major bus routes, has its own taxi rank and is just a 5 minute walk from Baker Street. Served by the Jubilee, Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines, Baker Street provides quick links to the City and Canary Wharf.

Experience Mainline

Why settle for anything else when you can travel in style and comfort on our fast link from Birmingham to London

Faster Mainline journey times

Birmingham Moor Street1hr 34m
Solihull 1hr 25m
Warwick Parkway 1hr 12m
Leamington Spa 1hr 6m