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Birmingham to Alton Towers: Best Way To Get There (A Brummie’s Guide)

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Looking for the best Birmingham to Alton Towers transport routes?

Looking to make your way from Birmingham to Alton Towers for a fun day out? As the UK’s most popular theme park, Alton Towers offers thrilling rollercoasters, family-friendly rides, and much more. 

Being a thrill seeker myself, and having grown up in Birmingham and the West Midlands region, you won’t be surprised to find I’ve visited Alton Towers several times since the late 90s.

Getting there is easier than you think, with various transport options to suit your needs and budget. This comprehensive insider guide will provide you with everything you need to know to plan your journey from Birmingham to Alton Towers.

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👉 Short on Time? Here’s Your Best Travel Options:

Here are your top transport options for getting from Birmingham to Alton Towers:

🚗 By Car – fastest route and most flexible option (book your car rental here)
🚌 By Coach – cheapest option and most convenient for non-drivers (book coach tickets from £5 here)

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Directions from Birmingham to Alton Towers

Alton Towers is located just outside the village of Alton in Staffordshire, about 40 miles northwest of Birmingham. Below are detailed info and the best routes to get there from Birmingham:

Address: Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB (Google Maps Location).
Opening times: 9am-5pm, March-November (closed during winter months)
Admission: Adult Day Pass: £68 at the gate, £39 online. Parent & Toddler Pass: £29. Under 3s go free.
✪ For more info on all pass options available, see the official Alton Towers site.

Save up to 33% off when you book in advance and online (£34 instead of £68 at gate) ✨

🚗 Birmingham to Alton Towers By Car

>> The fastest route and most flexible option.

Driving from Birmingham to Alton Towers is the most direct, convenient and flexible travel method. It’s the option I used the last time I went to Alton Towers, three years ago.

Simply head northwest out of the city on the M6 motorway. Continue on the M6 past junctions 7-10 until you reach junction 15. Exit here and follow the A50 west for around 10 miles. Then take the exit for Alton Towers Resort and follow the signs to reach the theme park.

➤ You can hire a rental car for your trip here:

a map of the car route from birmingham to alton towers

How Long Is The Car Ride From Birmingham to Alton Towers?

The drive takes around 50 minutes in normal traffic conditions. Be sure to leave extra time on peak days and school holidays when roads may be busier. Parking at Alton Towers costs £6 per day for standard parking.

What Are Some Great Stops Along The Way?

📍Trentham Gardens – Beautiful gardens and shopping village near Stoke-on-Trent
📍Emma Bridgewater Factory – See pottery being made at this popular factory
📍Cannock Chase – Area of natural beauty perfect for stretching your legs
📍Sudbury Hall – Stately home with museum and gorgeous grounds

Tips For The Car Ride From Birmingham to Alton Towers

☑️ Use a satnav app like Google Maps to navigate
☑️ Bring a playlist or audiobook to make the drive more fun
☑️ Stop halfway to stretch your legs and refresh
☑️ Watch for speed cameras on the A50 towards Alton
☑️ Refuel before leaving as petrol stations are limited along the way

🚂 Birmingham to Alton Towers By Train

>> A comfortable experience but slowest option and more costly than the coach.

You can easily travel from Birmingham to Alton Towers by rail as well. Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International are the nearest major train stations, both offering frequent services to Stoke-on-Trent.

From there, you can connect to a local train to Alton station, which is right next to the theme park entrance.

a virgin train pulling up at birmingham new street train station

How Long Is The Train Journey From Birmingham to Alton Towers?

The quickest journey takes around 1 hour 20 minutes from Birmingham New Street. Fares start from £15 one-way or less if booked in advance. Be sure to check timetables in advance as services are less frequent on weekends and holidays.

Once at Alton station, it’s a short 5-minute walk to the park entrance. Just follow the signs or join the crowds of eager theme park goers!

Tips for the Train Ride from Birmingham to Alton Towers

☑️ Book train tickets in advance online for the lowest prices
☑️ Services are less frequent on weekends and holidays, so plan your times carefully
☑️ Sit on the left side of the train for good views on the final stretch to Alton
☑️ Purchase snacks/drinks at stations as onboard prices are higher
☑️ Keep hold of your ticket as you may need it to exit stations

👉 Traveling from Birmingham to Alton Towers by train? Book your tickets in advance here:

🚌 Birmingham to Alton Towers by Coach

>> Second-cheapest option after the bus, but comes with extra comfort and features (WiFi, WC etc.)

National Express coaches provide a direct link between Birmingham and Alton Towers, with journey times of around 1 hour 30 minutes. Tickets start from £5 when booked online.

Coaches depart from Birmingham Coach Station in the city centre. Drop off is right at the theme park entrance, making this a convenient option.

The coach is a comfortable option, and one I took when I visited as a young boy years ago (I went to Alton Towers on a weekend trip from boarding school in Berkshire).

Fares start from £5 one-way when booked in advance online. Tickets can sell out fast during peak periods, so book early. Buses run throughout the day, but there are fewer late night return services, so check schedules if planning a full day at the park.

If coming from other cities, National Express can connect you to Alton Towers as well, with coaches from Manchester, Liverpool, London, and more.

a national express white coach on a motorway in england

Tips for the Coach Ride from Birmingham to Alton Towers

☑️ Book tickets online and in advance for the cheapest fares
☑️ Limited departure times, so be aware of the schedule
☑️ Sit on the right side for views of the theme park as you approach
☑️ Choose the front seats on the upper deck for the best views
☑️ Bring your own snacks and drinks to save money

👉 Travelling from Birmingham to Alton Towers by coach? Book your tickets in advance here:

🚌 Birmingham to Alton Towers by Bus

>> Taking the bus is the most affordable option, but is also the slowest route.

Local buses also run between Stoke-on-Trent, Uttoxeter, and Alton Towers, which you can use to reach the park on a budget.The most useful services are:

➤ Service 32 from Hanley Bus Station in Stoke – Takes around 1 hour, runs every 30 minutes
➤ Service DAF from Uttoxeter – Takes 25 minutes, hourly service
➤ Service 420 from Stoke Railway Station to Alton Towers – Takes 50 minutes, limited services

Fares start from £5 one-way from Stoke. While cheaper, journey times are longer than train or coach. Check bus timetables closely to coordinate your arrival and departure from Alton Towers.

👉 Word of advice: Your best bet is to take the coach from Birmingham directly to Alton Towers, or, arrive in Stoke and then get the bus from there to the park.

a red bus on a route in england

Tips for the Bus Ride from Birmingham to Alton Towers

☑️ Book tickets early online for the lowest fares
☑️ Limited late night return buses, so check schedules
☑️ Sit on the right side for views of the theme park as you approach
☑️ Opt for front seats on the upper deck for the best experience
☑️ Save money by bringing your own snacks and drinks

What to See and Do at Alton Towers

Once you’ve made the journey from Birmingham, an amazing day out awaits at the UK’s biggest and most popular theme park. Here are some of the top attractions and rides not to miss:

a rollercoaster twisting and moving fast with people on the ride, at alton towers theme park

Alton Towers Top Rollercoasters

  1. The Smiler – My absolute fave ride, with a record-breaking 14 loops, and Alton Tower’s newest thrill ride
  2. Nemesis – Iconic inverted rollercoaster set into the rock cliffs (my former favourite before The Smiler opened)
  3. Oblivion – The world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster, plummeting riders over an 180ft drop
  4. Wicker Man – England’s first wooden rollercoaster, based around a giant flaming Wicker Man structure

👉 Word of advice: Tickets start from £34 when booked online, whereas at the gate you’d pay £68. Be sure to book Your Alton Towers tickets in advance HERE:

a modern and thrilling rollercoaster ride in action at alton towers theme park

Best Family Rides at Alton Towers

Runaway Mine Train – Wild mine train-themed rollercoaster perfect for younger kids
Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure – Gentle rollercoaster ride inspired by the TV series, great for little ones
Galactica – Space-themed virtual reality rollercoaster experience
Spinball Whizzer – Twisty rollercoaster with spinning cars

an old fashioned train rollercoaster with people sitting inside at alton towers theme park

Best Water Rides

Congo River Rapids – White knuckle raft ride guaranteed to soak you!
Ripsaw – Fast-paced watercoaster reaching top speeds of 50mph
Battle Galleons – Family water ride where you blast other boats with water cannons

a round dinghy with some people sitting in it passing round a bend on the rapids at alton towers theme park

Alton Towers Shows and Experiences

Alton Towers Dungeon – Hilarious yet spooky live action show
Monorail Skyride – Soar over the park and enjoy stunning views on this monorail
CBeebies Land – Dedicated area for young families themed around CBeebies shows
Extraordinary Golf – Unique themed 9-hole mini golf courses

Alton Towers is one of the best family day trips from Birmingham (or from anywhere for that matter). As such, I highly recommend booking your tickets online and in advance to avoid disappointment.

Save up to 33% off when you book in advance and online (£34 instead of £68 at gate) ✨

entrance to cbeebies land with people walking through, at alton towers theme park

Where to Stay in Alton Towers

To extend your Alton Towers experience, why not stay over in one of the on-site hotels? Here are some top options to suit every budget.

The on-site hotels all offer Early Ride Time when staying, allowing access to certain rides before the main park opens. This helps you maximise your day and avoid long queues. Hotels are within walking distance or a short shuttle bus ride from the parks.

front view of the Cbeebies Land Hotel with rainbow decoration at the main entrance, at alton towers resort

Budget Option

📍: The Manor Guest House (double rooms or family rooms, family-friendly) situated in nearby village of Cheadle, 4 miles away. Fabulous 8.6

Luxury Option

📍: Angel Cottage (luxury family cottage) situated just 5 mins drive away (2 miles away). Superb 9.4

Camping & Glamping

For a budget outdoor stay, pitch a tent at the Alton Towers Campsite. Or upgrade to a ready-setup Premium Glamping Tent complete with cozy beds and electricity. Shower facilities are on-site. Campers can access Early Ride Time and free shuttle buses to the parks.

view of the main entrance at alton towers theme park

Alton Towers from Birmingham FAQs:

Now that you know what your travel options are, here are the most asked about questions related travelling between Birmingham and Alton Towers.

How long does it take to get from Birmingham to Alton Towers?

The journey takes around 1 hour by car or 1 hour 30 minutes by direct coach. The train takes 1 hour 20 minutes with a change at Stoke-on-Trent.

What’s the cheapest way to get to Alton Towers from Birmingham?

The cheapest option is taking the train or bus. Book advance train tickets from £15 one-way or bus from £5 one-way.

What is the best way to get to Alton Towers from Birmingham?

The quickest and most direct option is taking the coach. Trains are also convenient and offer scenic views. Driving allows for stops along the way.

Where should I stay near Alton Towers?

Stay on-site in one of the themed hotels or glamping tents. The Alton Towers Hotel is an affordable option from £88 per night.

Does Alton Towers get busy?

Yes, it gets extremely busy in peak seasons and holidays. Visit on term-time weekdays for lighter crowds or use Fast Track tickets.

How much is parking at Alton Towers?

Parking costs £6 per day at Alton Towers. Overnight hotel guests can park for free.

What rides should I go on at Alton Towers?

Top rides are The Smiler, Wicker Man, Oblivion, Nemesis, and Galactica. Arrive early for the best ride times.

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Conclusion: Birmingham to Alton Towers

I hope this guide has provided you with all the key information to plan your perfect theme park trip from Birmingham to Alton Towers. 

Getting from Birmingham to Alton Towers is simple whether you drive, take the train or coach. Arrive early to maximise your time and consider staying at one of the on-site hotels to extend your visit.

Regardless of which travel option you choose, taking the trip to Alton Towers is worth it, having been several times myself, they certainly were worth it for me! After all, we are talking about the best theme park in the UK here.

So now that you know the way and what to expect, you can look forward to an awesome theme park getaway!

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