Arrival via Air

The nearest major international airport to Brighton is London Gatwick (LGW), which is about half way between London and Brighton. It is approximately 30 miles (40 km) from Gatwick to Brighton. Gatwick has two terminals – North and South and a major railway station served by trains on the Brighton line, the Gatwick Express to London Victoria and many other places in southern England. Getting to Brighton from the airport, there are the following transport options.

Arrival via bus

National Express operate a very frequent service (at least hourly) from both terminals directly to Brighton. For fares, timetables and online booking, visit their website. Bus stops are signposted from Arrivals.

Arrival via train

The railway station is attached to the South terminal. There are approximately 4 trains per hour directly to Brighton, journey time is approximately 30 minutes. Note that if you arrive at the North terminal, there is a free, automated shuttle running between terminals every 3 minutes. Train fares vary depending on time of day, but are normally around £8-10. Click or to research fares and timetables.

Arrival via taxi

Follow the signs from Arrivals. Airport taxis are quite expensive – expect to pay approx £50 to central Brighton.

Arrival via (rental) car

The main route into Brighton from the north is via the M23/A23, which links it to the M25 London Orbital motorway. From the east or west, the main route is the A27, which runs along the south coast of the UK.

The vast majority of visitors arrive by the A23. While this provides a direct route into the centre of town, at peak times (i.e. rush hour and sunny weekends), the traffic into town is terrible, with long queues on a typical Saturday morning in summer. If your hotel is situated to the west of the city centre (that is, Hove) avoid this crush, as follows; where the A23 gets to the edge of town, filter left and follow the signs for Worthing, A27. You are now on the Brighton bypass. Take the first exit, about 1km up the hill, and follow the signs for Hove. (This is also a good tip for motorists determined against all advice to drive into Brighton centre. This route avoids the A23 town bottleneck. But you will still have parking problems. Seriously consider using the Park and Ride scheme mentioned in the next paragraph.)


Transportation by bus

Brighton & Hove Coaches operate within the wider bus company and we can help you with your group travel needs.

Although there are many different fares available, with numerous weekly/monthly travel pass options, the two basic fares are £2.40 for a single journey on all daytime and evening Brighton and
Hove buses within a good few miles of the city centre or £4.70 for unlimited travel all day (again, anywhere on all daytime and evening Brighton and Hove buses ). Flat fare for children of £1.20, under 5’s are free. Some bus services run a fairly frequent service through out the night with an increased fare of £2.20 per single. Just buy the ticket from the driver, and keep it safe as you may have to show it to an inspector at any time.

Transportation by taxi

The ‘official’ Brighton and Hove taxis with White/Green colour scheme can be hailed in the street, or you can go to a taxi rank and wait in line. There are many taxi ranks dotted around the city, the main ones are at Brighton Station, East Street, Churchill Square. If the roof light is illuminated, the taxi is free, although they don’t always stop! It is generally very easy to find a cab, exceptions to this are Friday and Saturday nights (7pm to midnight), and public holidays.
Order a taxi please visit or call 01273 20 40 60

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Useful Information

Languages: English
Emergency numbers: 999
International dial code for the UK: +44
Currency: pound sterling (₤)
Credit cards: All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are generally accepted everywhere.
Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places.
Shop opening hours: Generally Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Power supply: The voltage in Britain is 220/240 AC and standard frequency is 50 Hz. Electrical plugs have three rectangular pins and take fuses of 3,5 and 13 amps. Visitors from aboard will need an adaptor for appliances.