Travelling on the Train during the Games
During the Commonwealth Games, trains will be busier than normal, especially on Game routes just before and just after an event. To help you have a smooth and more comfortable journey, check out our latest train travel advice below.
There is limited space for bikes on trains and, whilst we would normal welcome people with bikes onto services, during the games trains will be very busy. Having bikes on services will mean fewer people can travel so we would ask people to leave their bikes at home.
Book in Advance before you travel
We advise you to plan your journey and check before you travel. Head over to the journey planner to book your trip. Alternatively, you can use the Chiltern Railways app where you can buy and store your tickets on the go.
If you have tickets for the events, you are able to travel with your event ticket within the Network West Midlands transport boundary (see the interactive map in link). Please note that if you are travelling to and from outside of the boundary, you will still need to purchase a valid rail ticket.
Our priority during the Commonwealth Games is to get you to your destination as smoothly and efficiently as possible so we will be running more trains than usual to help with capacity. To view the timetables for each day please visit the changes to timetable page and select the day you are travelling on to view the timetable.
Booking Passenger Assistance
If you are planning on travelling with Chiltern Railways and other rail operators, you can now request assistance up to 2 hours ahead of your journey, any time of the day by dialling 03456 005 165 (selecting option 3 then option 3 again) for more information about Passenger Assist and how to request assistance via Passenger Assist, please visit the National Rail Enquiries website.
If passengers are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, they can use the Relay UK app and request 03456 005 165 (selecting option 3 then option 3 again).
Please note that you can always simply “turn up and go” without booking assistance in advance, or if you have made an online booking that has not yet been confirmed. We will provide assistance to get you to your destination.
Please note that Warwick does not have step free access. If you need to travel to Warwick and require step-free access, please alight at Leamington Spa where there will be a shuttle bus to take you to Warwick.
Below is a guide to the events taking place with the nearest station. If you click on each of the venue's below, you will be taken to the official Commonwealth games website, where you will see a Journey planner for each venue and how to get to it using different modes of transport.
|28th July||Opening Ceremony||Alexander Stadium, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street via Shuttle Bus|
|8th August||Closing Ceremony||Alexander Stadium, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street via Shuttle Bus|
|30th July||Athletics - Marathon||Smithfield, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street|
|2nd - 7th August||Athletics & Para Athletics||Alexander Stadium, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street via Shuttle Bus|
|29th July - 3rd August||Aquatics - Swimming & Para Swimming||Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Smethwick||The Hawthorns and Smethwick Galton Bridge|
|4th - 8th August||Aquatics - Diving||Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Smethwick||The Hawthorns and Smethwick Galton Bridge|
|29th July - 8th August||Badminton||The NEC Hall 5, Birmingham||Leamington Spa to Birmingham International|
|29th July - 2nd August||Basketball 3x3 & Wheelchair Basketball 3x3||Smithfield, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street|
|30th July - 7th August||Beach Volleyball||Smithfield, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street|
|29th July - 4th August, 6th - 7th August||Boxing||The NEC Hall 4, Birmingham||Leamington Spa to Birmingham International|
|29th July - 31st July, 2nd August - 4th August & 7th August||Cricket T20||Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street|
|3rd August||Cycling - Mountain Bike||Cannock Chase Forest, Cannock||Stafford (not served on our route)|
|7th August||Cycling - Road Race||St Nicholas' Park, Warwick||Warwick/Warwick Parkway/ Leamington Spa|
|4th August||Cycling - Time Trial||West Park, Wolverhampton||Wolverhampton (not served on our route)|
|29th July - 1st August||Cycling - Track & Para Track||Lee Valley VelloPark, London||Stratford International (not served on our route)|
|29th July - 2nd August||Gymnastics - Artistic||Arena Birmingham, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street|
|4th - 6th August||Gymnastics - Rhythmic||Arena Birmingham, Birmingham||Birmingham Moor Street|
|29th July - 8th August||Hockey||University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre, Birmingham||Birmingham University station (not served on our route)|
|1st - 3rd August||Judo||Coventry Arena, Coventry||Leamington Spa to Coventry Arena|
|29th July - 6th August||Lawn & Para Lawn Bowls||Victoria Park, Leamington Spa||Leamington Spa|
|29th July - 7th August||Netball||The NEC Arena, Birmingham||Leamington Spa to Birmingham International|
|4th August||Para Powerlifting||The NEC Hall 1, Birmingham||Leamington Spa to Birmingham International|
|29th - 31st July||Rugby Sevens||Coventry Stadium, Coventry||Leamington Spa to Birmingham International|
|29th July - 8th August||Squash||University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre, Birmingham||Birmingham University station (not served on our route)|
|29th July - 8th August||Table Tennis & Para Table Tennis||The NEC Hall 3, Birmingham||Leamington Spa to Birmingham International|
|29th - 31st July||Triathlon & Para Triathlon||Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield||Sutton Coldfield for ticketed attendees and Wylde Green for non-ticketed attendees (not served on our route)|
|30th July - 3rd August||Weightlifting||The NEC Hall 1, Birmingham||Leamington Spa to Birmingham International|
|5th - 6th August||Wrestling||Coventry Arena, Coventry||Leamington Spa to Coventry Arena|
For any other event information, please visit the official Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 website.