Airport & Travel Information for Brighton

This page provides brief guidance on how to get to Brighton from major UK airports.

Heathrow Airport

Several companies including National Express, operate frequent and direct services to Brighton. The journey takes approximately 2 hours from Heathrow central bus station, depending on traffic.

Heathrow central bus station is between Terminals 1, 2 and 3. It is a few minutes' walk from the terminals via underground walkways. The bus station is open 24 hours a day, and the travel centre opens from 06:00 to 22:30. Coaches also call at Terminals 4 and 5, a short walk from check-in and arrivals. Tickets can be bought from the travel centre at Heathrow central bus station or booked in advance with the operator.

Alternatively, Brighton can be reached by train in 2 hours by taking the metro (tube) to London and then taking the train to Brighton. London Underground's Piccadilly Line is the most cost effective way to get into London. For more information visit the National Rail website or call National Rail Enquiries on +44 (0)8457 48 49 50.

For more information about Heathrow, please see the official airport website.

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick airport is the closest airport to Brighton, and can be reached directly by trains which run regularly. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes. Gatwick Express and First Capital Connect offer services to Brighton. The two terminals, North and South, are linked by an efficient monorail service. The train station is at the South terminal. For more information visit the National Rail website or call National Rail Enquiries on +44 (0)8457 48 49 50.

National Express offer a coach service to Brighton which departs Gatwick every half an hour, and takes 45 minutes. The bus station at Gatwick airport is positioned directly beneath the South Terminal. Please see the National Express website for fares, tickets and timetables.

For more information about Gatwick, please see the official airport website.

Stansted Airport

Train services between Stansted Airport and Brighton and take approximately 2 and a half hours, with two changes at Liverpool Street and Victoria stations. Stansted Airport rail station is directly below the terminal building. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the station. For more information visit the National Rail website or call National Rail Enquiries on +44 (0)8457 48 49 50.

Stansted Airport's bus and coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets can be bought at the ticket desk in arrivals (open 06:00 to 01:00), in the coach station (24 hours, seven days a week) or on board.

There are no direct bus services between Stansted and Brighton, but you can take a bus or train to London and continue your journey to Brighton from there. Stansted Express offers a fast and convenient service between the airport and London Liverpool Street every 15 minutes with a journey time of 45 minutes.

For more information about Stansted, please see the official airport website.

Luton Airport

The best way to get to Brighton from Luton Airport is by train. First capital Connect offer a direct and regular service to Brighton which takes approximately 2 hours. Luton airport train station is a short bus ride from the airport. Buses are situated directly outside the terminal building at the main exit.

There is no direct bus service to Brighton from Luton, but you may take a National Express Coach and transfer at Gatwick or Heathrow airports. The journey time is approximately 4 hours and 10 minutes. Buses are situated directly outside the terminal building at the main exit. Please see the National Express website for fares, tickets and timetables.

For more information about Luton, please see the official airport website.

London to Brighton

Trains from London to Brighton run from London Victoria and London Bridge stations. The journey time is normally 50 minutes. Please see the National Rail Enquiries website for fares, tickets and timetables.

Coach services to Brighton run from Victoria Coach Station approximately once an hour. Please see the National Express website for fares, tickets and timetables.

Booking a Taxi Transfer

In your application you can ask for BSC to book a taxi from the airport or station to take you directly to your accommodation on arrival and from your accommodation on your departure. Prices are set on the distance from Brighton, please see Fees & Dates for more information.

Group transfers are also available from ports, airports and railway stations; please contact us to arrange a quote.

Bus Travel in Brighton

Brighton & Hove offers a great bus network stretching all across the City. For details of our local bus routes and times please see www.buses.co.uk. A pass will cost up to £22 per week and £75 per month. The ticket provides unlimited 24 hour travel around the City. Night buses are available after midnight on selected routes.