As a major city on the South Coast, Brighton has strong transport links that connect it to the rest of the country. Our guide to getting around the city helps you plan how to get there and how to get around once you arrive.
Getting around Brighton
Brighton is easily accessible from either Brighton City Airport or London Gatwick. The former, London Gatwick, is the most common airport destination for both domestic and international flights. It is the best rail-connected airport in the UK, as it has its own railway station that connects to many towns and cities. With regular direct trains to Brighton, this is your best way of getting to the city when arriving by plane. If you wish to stay around the airport, check out our hotels near Gatwick Airport.
Brighton City Airport, also known as Shoreham Airport, is a much smaller airport that welcomes private flights and helicopters. If you are arriving here, your best option is to get the Stagecoach Coastliner 700 bus from the bus stop adjacent to the airport, which departs every 10 minutes.
Brighton Train Station
Brighton city centre is served by one main railway station, located in the heart of the city on Queens Road. It has eight platforms and connects to the rest of the country within one or two stops via the South Central Main Line. If you are arriving here, our Brighton City Centre hotel is just a 10-minute walk away.
Getting around Brighton via public transport couldn’t be easier. The city is served by Pool Valley Coach Station on Pool Valley, just off Grand Junction Road. If you plan to arrive or depart via a National Express coach, this station is where you’ll need to be. The facilities here are limited, but its central location means you are surrounded by everything you need.
If you are driving into Brighton and want to avoid the city centre traffic, you could make use of the Withdean Sports Complex Park and Ride. The sports complex is located on Tongdean Lane, around four miles north of the city. The parking here is free – you just need to buy a bus ticket. Our tip would be to buy a city saver ticket for around £5, which means you can travel on any bus around Brighton all day.
An alternative way of getting around Brighton is to use the Brighton City Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour. This bus navigates the city by stopping at all the popular tourist attractions, which makes it a great choice for those wishing to do some sightseeing.