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Getting to Brighton

What you need to know to get to the Festival City

Brighton is a city packed with fun, delicious, artistic and wonderful things to do

With great transport links and plenty of options for travelling around the city, it's easy to explore the Festival city in May. Alongside the wealth of art and performance, there's no shortage of restaurants, cafes, shops and seaside attractions to enjoy.

Getting to Brighton

By train

Nearest stations

Brighton (10 minutes walk into the city centre)

Hove (1.8 miles from the city)

London Road (1.1 miles from the city)

Moulsecoomb (2.0 miles from the city)

Preston Park (2.0 miles from the city)


Brighton can be reached from London in just over an hour with train services run by Southern and Thameslink every 15 minutes. Regular rail connections also serve Gatwick, Heathrow and Hove

By coach

Approximate journey times

From London Victoria...2 hrs 15 mins

From Gatwick Airport...1 hour

From Heathrow Airport...2 hrs 30 mins

From Stansted Airport...4 hours


Coaches arrive at Pool Valley Coach Station, 10 minutes walk from the city centre


By car

Approximate journey times

London to Brighton via the A23/ M23 is approximately 50 miles, with a journey time of about 90 minutes depending on traffic.

Driving to Brighton from Kent and the South East, either from the East or West, use the A27.


Getting around the city

By bus

Brighton is well served by buses and services are frequent. Head to Brighton Buses to learn more about their services and accessibility.

By taxi

There are many private Taxi companies in Brighton, available at all times of the day. There are a number of Taxi ranks throughout the city too. 

By bike

The city has many cycle routes and its own bike-share scheme.  See Berly bike site for information on hiring bikes during your visit.


There are plenty of places to park in Brighton. Please see the council's website for locations and pricing of car parks.

On foot

Visit Brighton has a selection of downloadable walking maps to help you find your way around the city

Blue Badge parking in Brighton

Customers with a Blue Badge can park in disabled bays, pay & display bays and shared use bays in Brighton & Hove. Also car parks throughout Brighton & Hove have different policies on disabled parking. To make sure you aren't given a parking ticket you should read the signs carefully when you enter the car park. VisIt Brighton and Hove City Council’s webpage for more information on Blue Badge Parking

Information on parking in local bays

New Road parking spaces - Max stay: 3 hours

Church Street Bays - No time limit on stay

You may also park on a single or double yellow line for up to 3 hours as long as there is not a loading restriction (marked by strips on the kerb). You must make sure that the time disc is set to the time that you left the vehicle.


The following car parks do not charge Blue Badge holders for parking

  • Black Rock
  • King Alfred
  • Norton Road
  • Rottingdean Marine Cliffs
  • Rottingdean West Street
Brighton Festival 2013 - The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle

Move For Change by Better Points

Collect points and you'll can also support us

Earn rewards every time you choose to walk, cycle or take public transport to Brighton Festival events (or anywhere!) The points can be donate to support our charitable outreach projects and help us keep the arts alive in Brighton & Hove and beyond.   

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