Located at the northern tip of Queens Road, Brighton Station is a superb Victorian architectural statement in cast iron and glass. originally built in 1840 and substantially extended in the years thereafter it is a wonderful example of how practical needs can be intertwined with aesthetic values. The roof alone provides you with plenty to stare at and get diverted by should your train be delayed. if that isn't enough to take your mind off the wait then the concourse has a W.H. Smith newsagent, coffee kiosk, cake and cookie vendors and a small food branch of Marks and Spencer.
Given the shortage of parking spaces in Brighton, if you are coming into town from any distance away the train or bus is an excellent option. Regular train services run eastwards towards and beyond Hastings and Rye, westwards to Chichester, Southampton and even Bristol and Cardiff and northwards to London and beyond. For those based in London you'll find that trains run around every fifteen mins to and from Brighton, with journey times taking between an hour and ninety minutes.
Once you arrive in the city you'll find that the main town centre is due south from the station exit with the beach being no more than 20 minutes walk away. For those wanting a ride into town there is either the taxi rank or the bus station immediately adjacent to the station. Buses taking you to Churchill Square (the main covered shopping centre) include the No. 6.
Local buses are currently £1.70/£1.50/£1 a ride, £4.20 (from driver) for a one day saver (as many rides as you like), £3 in advance from shops and £2.80 from the website link below.
Trains go all over from Brighton and Hove stations.
Brighton to London Victoria (around £23)
Gatwick Aiport (around £7 quid)
and other sea-side resorts on the South Coast. (Beware, the train I just got back from Reading Berkshire, although a pleasant view incorporating castles, took forever and had no refreshments, take some sarnies and a drink).
Trains in the UK are expensive. Travel after 9.30 am and before/after rush hour for a better price.
Planes go to all over the the world from the huge nearby Gatwick airport and it's an easy train journey. Cab to airport around £35/£40 (2008). There are also airport buses from Poole Valley coach station. They go to Gatwick (I hr) and then onto Heathrow (2hrs) . These are not that much cheaper, but work out better if you have small people with you and definitely the best option for Heathrow.
Boats go to France from nearby Newhaven and apparently, you can hire boats privately from Brighton Marina.
Licenced cabs are licenced, very reliable and quick - (Hooray!)
Tel : 01273 747474
Forget hiring a car, parking is tricky and you can easily walk, bus or cab it.
You only have to find a bus stop and within minutes you will be sitting on a bus heading somewhere. There is plenty of signages showing where the buses are going, how long before the next one, and things like that.
Buses are also dead cheap. You can get a Day rider for £2.60 which means that you can use the bus as much as you want for that amount which means you can get real value for money!! i once used it 5 times in one day!!! Single trips are £1.40 everywhere so... you dont have to worry if you dont have much change either cuz they drivers usually have plenty of it!!
From London Gatwick you can take different kind of trains.
The trainstation is below the South Terminal of the airport. Rail information and ticket desks are in the arrivals areas of both North Terminal and South Terminal.
The duration of the ride is 25 minutes.
There are 2 traincompanies that goes to Bighton. Here are the names of the companies:
This offers services every 15 minutes to Brighton, Croydon, the City, Luton and Bedford.
Services operate Southwards to Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and other south coast destinations. Services operate Northwards to East Croydon, Clapham Junction, Victoria and Watford Junction.
The buses of National Express serve Brighton from London's Victoria Coach Station every hour. The trip takes about 2 hours.
There are also regular direct links between Brighton and Gatwick Airport (30 mins) or Heathrow Airport (90 mins).
Brighton's coach station "Pool Valley" is located opposite to the Palace Pier.
Brighton has excellent and frequent rail connections with London. The trip takes about 1 hour. Apart from that there are frequent train services along the coast to Brighton.
Brighton's train station is located at the end of Queen Street about 1 km north of the seafront.
Brigthon isn't a big city, therefore the whole city and the seafront promenade are best explored on foot.
You may discover a few hidden sights when wandering around. Even Brighton Marina is located only about half a mile east of the Palace Pier and can be reached in about 20 minutes.
Brighton does not have it's own airport. At least one that commerial flights use. Have no fear, Gatwick (pronounced 'Ga - wik' by the unwashed masses) is only just up the road towards London. 'London Gatwick', is in fact far closer to Brighton than it is to London. It also has excellent road and rail links with Brighton, direct from the terminal.
The local transport of Brighton & Hove is easy to use, there are only buses here, no trams or underground but that is sufficient for the basic needs. Anyway, to most places around the centre you can just take a walk.
The easiest ways to get to Brighton is by bus, at list in my case, from Heathrow I had a direct bus connection to downtown the city centre. The service and bus is the same if you fly to Gatwick as well.
If you want to fly to Brighton, you have to go to London Gatwick Airport. This is the nearest airport to Brighton.
From London Gatwick, you can take a train to Brighton. This will last for 25 minutes.
There are no Tuk Tuks in brighton....seriously.
They run between hove, the station and the Brighton Marina. Cheaper than a taxi. chilli in winter but gotta be fun in summer.
even if you dont use one look out for the various designs...there was a Burberry style one called the CHav mobile or something, others are spotted, chinese dragons and loads of other designs...
booking ahead is the key to getting to brighton cheaply. it's a popular destination and buses fill up quick.
some fares will come available up to around 30 days in advance, and can be as low as 10 or 15 pounds!
Pay £3.20 for a city saver ticket and get round Brighton unlimited travel for a whole day and night. Busses run from Peacehaven over to Portslade and beyond, out past Hove. You can get to see virtually anywhere in Brighton and actually take in the surroundings as Brightons traffic and roads are diabolicle. So usually, if you drive you wouldn't get the chance as you'd be too busy concentrating on the traffic and the huge traffic jams you'll be stuck in on the one way system around the city. Parking in Brighton is a nightmare at times too so the bus takes out the stress and cost of that too. You can then also have a few drinks and not have to worry about the car and not being able to drive.
Southern railways are a good train service, with regular trains running along the south coast and up to London Victoria via Gatwick airport, East Croydon and Clapham junction. For a return from Brighton as far as Portslade, Shoreham by sea or even Worthing expect to pay as little as £4.00 return for a cheap day return ticket valid anytime after 1000 am and anytime in the weekends. It doesn't even work out expensive to get to Portsmouth or Southampton. It only takes an hour to London and about half an hour to Gatwick airport.