Getting Around Brighton

Although Brighton has a lot of things to do and places to go packed within the city boundaries, it is compact, so to get where you want to go you’re most likely going to be able to get there on foot or by bike.

However, if you’re travelling into Brighton from elsewhere, or looking for an alternative method of transport, there are plenty of ways to get around the city.

How to Get Around Brighton

By Car

Around half of the workforce in Brighton commutes to work, with many travelling more than 20km a day. What this means is that around peak times, the already heavily congested roads around and within Brighton, specifically the A23, become almost unbearable.

However, this traffic is primarily concentrated on the A23, meaning you can somewhat bypass the traffic by heading towards the A27 bypass and following signs for Hove, avoiding the A23 bottleneck.

The next problem you’ll come across when travelling around Brighton by car is parking. Brighton is notorious for having the most parking tickets issued in the UK, largely because the majority of public car parks tend to fill up quickly on weekends and street parking comes at a premium. There are 6 NCP car parks situated within the town centre that usually have some spaces left, but again, parking isn’t exactly cheap.

There is a Park and Ride scheme operated by the local authority, whereby you can park your car on the edge of the city (at Withdean, signposted off the A23 just after you get into Brighton), and then pay a small fee to take a bus into the centre.

By Train

Frequent local train services operate out of two stations, Brighton (at the top of Queen Street) and London Road offering direct links to many of the surrounding towns and links to cities across the UK. 

If you’re travelling to and forth from London, Brighton is just under an hour by train from Victoria, approximately half an hour from Gatwick Airport and around 90 mins from Heathrow.

Brighton station is very centrally located.  It takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the centre of town or 15 mins from the seafront.  Simply walk out the front of the station, and follow the road south towards the sea in front of you (Queens Road)

By Bus

Luckily, Brighton has an extensive and well-run bus network, all operated by the Brighton and Hove Bus Company. The red/white colour scheme is the surefire way to pick out the city buses from the usual tourist coaches that flock to the seaside.

In keeping with the ethical focus of Brighton, the buses are generally new and near zero emissions. A  good game to play while you’re waiting in traffic is to try and spot famous names of past and present celebrities on the front of the buses.

Although there are many different fares available, alongside weekly/monthly travel pass options, the two basic fares are £2.40 for a single journey or a flat rate of £4.70 for unlimited travel all day. Children are charged a flat fare of £1.20 and under 5's are free.  There are regular night buses in Brighton although these may charge a slightly increased price.

By Taxi

The 'official' Brighton and Hove taxis, markable by the White/Green colour scheme are available to be caught in the street or at numerous designated waiting points and taxi ranks around the city centre. Primarily at Brighton Station, East Street, Churchill Square.  

Fares for taxis are usually reasonable and can be cheaper than taking the bus if you can fill out a 4 seater.

Like most other cities, there are other taxi companies which are only permitted to pick you up if you have booked, and cannot be hailed in the street.

Read our guide on the best places to live in Brighton. With offices close to the city centre, Plummer Parsons has produced a range of guides to help visitors to the city.

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