All the major London airports are within easy reach of Brighton. So getting to Brighton from anywhere in the world is surprisingly easy. Below we’ve listed details of all the major (and some minor) airports serving the region.
London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick airport is approximately 30km north of the city and just 30 minutes away by train. Gatwick serves a huge array of national and international flights and has a south and a north terminal. Visit the London Gatwick airport website.
London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest and most sophisticated airports in the world. Situated approximately 30km west of central London, the airport primarily serves long haul flights and serves most major carriers, including British Airways. The airport has 4 terminals. Terminals 1 and 3 are a short walk from each other, whilst terminals 4 and 5 are served by free trains and buses. For trains from Heathrow to Brighton, your best bet is to take the London Underground to London Victoria and connect with a mainline train to Brighton. Alternatively, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then the Underground to Victoria. The Heathrow Express is probably quickest but the Underground is the cheaper option. Journey time takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, depending on your chosen route and connection times. Visit the London Heathrow website.
Southampton Airport is one of the smaller UK airports. Brighton is easily reached from Southampton in approximately 2 hours. Visit the Southampton Airport website.
Other airports easily accessible from Brighton include:
Stansted Airport is located 64km to the north-east of London. It is home to many of the UK’s low-cost airlines and serves largely European and Mediterranean destinations. Trains to Brighton from Stansted take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. The journey involves two changes, usually at Tottenham Hale for an Underground train to Victoria, where you connect with a mainline train to Brighton. Visit the Stansted Airport website.
Luton Airport is approximately 55 km north of Central London and serves a range of UK and European destinations. First capital Connect offers a regular and direct service to Brighton, which takes approximately 2 hours. Visit the Luton Airport website.
Distances & Estimated costs for travel to/from Brighton and main London Airports
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Travelling by train is often the fastest way to get to Brighton from other UK destinations. It’s also a greener option than driving or flying.
Trains to Brighton from London and the South East
London is the hub of the UK’s rail network and it is easy to connect to a train to Brighton and the South Coast from the major London stations. The fastest direct travelling times from London to Brighton are:
London Victoria – 52 minutes (direct)
London Bridge – 58 minute (direct)
London St Pancras – 1 hour 16 minutes (direct)
Rail services in the UK are operated by a number of private train operators. The key operators to Brighton are Southern and First Capital Connect. Trains arrive into Brighton mainline Station on Queens Road. Regular rail connections also serve Hove and take just a few minutes from Brighton.
Central Brighton is easily walkable (about 10 minutes) from Brighton station, but if you require a bus or taxi – these are both available at the front of the station.
Brighton is also very accessible by train from major towns along the South Coast and Kent.
Estimated fares (2012):
(trains per hour)
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To search for and book your tickets, visit the National Rail Enquiries website
Eurostar is a quick and easy way to travel between the UK and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Comfortable and affordable, it avoids the airports and the frequent daily services from Paris (2 hours 15 minutes) and Brussels (1 hour and 51) arrive into St Pancras International, where you can connect with a direct service to Brighton.
Coaches are a cost effective way of travelling to Brighton from almost anywhere in the UK or Europe. They tend to take longer than train journeys of the equivalent route, but are generally clean and comfortable, with onboard toilet facilities.
National Express is the major coach operator serving Brighton.
Coach travel to Brighton from the London and South East Airports
Regular National Express coaches serve Brighton from the main London Airports of Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted.
Coaches arrive at Pool Valley Coach Station, which is very central and just moments from the beach and Brighton Pier.
Guide direct travel times to Brighton by coach, from London Victoria and key London and South East airports, are listed below (please note: these are only a guide and may vary depending on route and interchange times).
London Victoria Coach Station to Brighton – 2 hours and 15 minutes
Gatwick Airport to Brighton - 45minutes to 1 hour depending on the airport terminal you are departing from/travelling to.
Heathrow Airport to Brighton – 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on the airport terminal you are departing from/travelling to.
Stansted Airport to Brighton – there is no direct coach to Brighton from Stansted – catch a coach to London Victoria coach station (moments from London Victoria station) and pick up a connection to Brighton from there
Luton Airport to Brighton – coaches from Luton to Brighton go via Heathrow and the fastest journey time is 3 hours and 45 minutes. It is much quicker to travel by train, as there are direct connections which take approximately 2 hours.
Southampton Airport to Brighton - fastest journey is 2 hours, 50 minutes direct from Southampton Coach Station.
Full information is available on the National Express website.
Brighton is easily reachable from most parts of the country via the M25. The A27 is the
main route from areas west or east of Brighton on the South Coast. From central
London, Brighton is approximately 1 hour’s journey time.
There are excellent public transport links into Brighton, but should you decide to drive to the city, the following information should help you plan your journey.
Visit the Department of Transport website for full details of the legal requirements for drivers.
The Highway Code
For details of UK road signs and rules of the road, pick up a copy of The Highway Code - available, for only a few pounds, in bookshops and AA and RAC outlets.
Driving to Brighton from London
For information on getting to London by motorway, see VisitLondon.
Onward travel to Brighton is easy – London to Brighton is approximately 50 miles, with a journey time of about 90 minutes, depending on the traffic. Simply take the A23/M23 south until you reach Brighton.
For a more detailed, or alternative routes to Brighton, visit the AA Route Planner website.
Taxis to & from Brighton can be booked online www.taxibrighton.com