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Trains to Brighton

One of Britain's most-loved seaside destinations, Brighton is known for its pier, pavilion, the Lanes and relaxed atmosphere. Just over an hour from London Victoria by train, this coastal city was put on the map in the late 18th century when Prince George decided to make it his home, prompting a wide scale regeneration and surge in population. Now Brighton has nearly 300,000 residents and remains at the forefront of British culture, with a buzzing live music, art and theatre scene.

Popular train routes to Brighton

London to Brighton
Manchester to Brighton
Bristol to Brighton
Nottingham to Brighton
Southampton to Brighton

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Visiting Brighton

Approximately eight million tourists visit Brighton each year. A large number of these will head straight for Brighton Pier, arguably the town’s best-known landmark. Classic fairground rides including bumper cars and a helter-skelter are situated at the end of the pier, as well as a games arcade for family fun on rainy and sunny days.

Sea Life Brighton is another tourist favourite. Devised by the same engineer who built the city’s now-defunct West Pier, the aquarium first opened to the public in August of 1872. Today the aquarium brings ocean enthusiasts young and old face to face with sharks and stingrays and a variety of other marine life.

Architecture lovers will be enchanted by the Royal Pavilion. Commissioned by Prince George, the Pavilion was built in the early 19th century and sold to the town of Brighton in 1850. Nowadays, visitors are able to truly appreciate the building’s Regency design and Indian inspired architecture. The Pavilion also holds a number of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Before you head home, visit Brighton’s famous Lanes shopping area. These winding streets are a haven of independent shops and quirky boutiques, making it the perfect spot to source a unique memento of your trip.

Heading to Brighton for Pride? 

As one of the most popular places in the UK to celebrate Pride, this seaside city will see over 300,000 people partying on the streets of Brighton from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August.

If you’re planning a trip to Brighton for a weekend of good vibes, the city’s central train station makes travelling by train an ideal option. Bringing a few pals along? You could save up to 34% on your train tickets with GroupSave when between three and nine adults travel together – simply choose the ‘GroupSave’ option in our Railcard drop-down when searching in our Journey Planner. If you’re using our app, we’ll auto-apply any applicable savings for you. 

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Brighton

Finding cheap train tickets to Brighton needn’t be a pain in the backside. Rather than anguishing over the cost of your rail travel, why not try out our essential methods for getting cheaper tickets?

Whether you’re travelling to the seaside for pleasure or business, one of the best things you can do to cut the costs is to purchase a Railcard. After your one-off purchase for the year, you’ll be able to use your Railcard each time you buy a ticket to get up to 1/3 off the price*, so it’s worth doing even if you just take a handful of train journeys! To buy one or to see which different types are available (and their eligibility requirements), head over to our Railcards page. Railcards cater to different age ranges and circumstances so, from the Senior Railcard, to the Disabled Persons Railcard and the newly-introduced 26-30 Railcard (Millennial Railcard), you'll be sure to find your match.

We also highly recommend booking your train tickets in Advance, as it can be a great way to save money. For most train companies, Advance tickets go on sale for routes as far as 12 weeks before the departure date. So, as soon as you know the date you’ll be heading to Brighton, make sure to book your tickets! If you don’t, it’s possible that the prices of tickets will rise as time passes. Before you worry about checking for future train tickets, we have a handy tool that can do it for you! Simply sign up to our Ticket Alerts, and we’ll email you as soon as tickets become available for your preferred routes.

If you’d like to learn more, visit our Advance train tickets page for our complete guide.

You can even combine methods so that you book an Advance ticket with a Railcard discount. If you travel at an Off-Peak time, you could get further reductions in the price of your ticket. It’s easy to find Off-Peak tickets in our Journey Planner, as we’ll always highlight the cheapest train tickets to Brighton when you start a search!

For more info, visit our Off-Peak train tickets page.

Heading to the beach with three to nine of your favourite pals? Then why not make the most of GroupSave? It’s a discount that can allow groups that are travelling together to save up to 34% on rail fares.  You can find GroupSave in the Railcard dropdown when booking tickets with us, just make sure to apply it to the total number of passengers. Please bear in mind that GroupSave is not applicable for all journeys by the different train companies and will automatically be applied if valid for your journey and selected in the Railcard drop down. All tickets must be purchased in a single booking, and all passengers must travel together on the day of departure.

Still not had your fill of cheap ticket tactics? Head over to our dedicated cheap train tickets page for more ideas.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.

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