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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 buzzing live music, art and theatre scene.

Travelling by train is the fastest, easiest and greenest way to get to Brighton from the other UK destinations. Southern and Thameslink services frequently run between London and Brighton, with a journey time of approximately one hour. Have a look at our table below for more information about the most popular routes to Brighton, or start your search for a different station in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

Popular train journeys to Brighton

Route Fastest journey Train operator
London to Brighton 52m Gatwick Express, Thameslink, Southern
Bedford to Brighton 2h 22m Thameslink
Stevenage to Brighton 1h 47m Thameslink
Cambridge to Brighton 2h 25m Thameslink
Bath to Brighton 3h 17m Great Western Railway
Leicester to Brighton 2h 44m East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Thameslink, Southern
Gatwick Airport to Brighton 1h 22m Gatwick Express, Thameslink, Southern


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. Aged between 16 and 17? Then you can apply for the brand new 16-17 Saver Railcard, which grants up to 50% off train tickets!

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 dropdown. 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.


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, in the summer. 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.

The best time to visit Brighton is undoubtedly in the summer months, but if you're planning on staying a few nights, this is often the most expensive time of year for accommodation. Fortunately, many of the train ticket prices to Brighton from the major towns and cities don't fluctuate with demand (and the rising summer temperatures) - this usually just depends on the time of day you travel.

Frequently asked questions

What's the main train station in Brighton?

The main train station in Brighton is Brighton station. It's located in the city, not far from the beach and The Lanes.

Which train companies run trains to Brighton?

There are a number of trains companies in the UK that operate trains to Brighton, including Thameslink, Southern and the Gatwick Express.

How can I get cheap train tickets to Brighton?

It’s easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Brighton. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.

How do I get to Brighton beach by train?

It only takes 11 minutes to walk from Brighton station to the beach. Simply head out of the station and walk down Queens Road to the very end, where you'll see the beach right in front of you.

Are trains running to Brighton?

Trains run frequently almost every day to Brighton, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Brighton.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Brighton?

Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Brighton, these include:

  • Network Railcard (London & South East Travel Zone)
  • Two-Together Railcard (Great for couples and friends who always travel together)
  • 16-17 Saver (You can save up to 50% with this one)
  • 16-25 Railcard (Ideal for students)
  • 26-30 Railcard (Also known as the Millennial Railcard)
  • Senior Railcard (For those aged 60 and over)
  • Friends & Family Railcard (Great for families of up to 4 adults with up to 4 kids)
  • Disabled Railcard (If travelling with another adult they can save too)

Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too. 

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