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Brighton has been the south of England’s favourite seaside resort for hundreds of years. After the railway line from London opened in 1840, hotels sprang up along the waterfront to serve an ever-rising number of visitors. Today Brighton is far more than a summer resort. Its lively population of artists, musicians, students and young families keep local businesses buzzing year-round – and as a result, Brighton is rightly renowned for its independent shops, pubs and restaurants. A blend of modern city life and old-school seaside charm, Brighton makes a perfect day trip from London – and with great rail links to the rest of the south coast, it’s a natural base for longer stays too.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays03:45 - 01:45
Saturday 03:45 - 01:45
Sunday 03:45 - 01:45
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Shops noteA branch of Marks and Spencer 'Simply Food', as well as a passport photo booth
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes

There is a coffee shop on the concourse, and also within the passenger lounge by the ticket office.

ATM notes
Located on concourse
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Staff are present and available to help 24 hours a day, although the station itself is closed from 01:45 to 03:45

Customer Service notes
Contact Southern Customer Services on 03451 272920
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Car parking spaces600
Carpark charges
Per Hour£1.25
Three Monthly£382.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces700
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Purpose built cycle hub by the car park.  Also at station front.
Cycle storage notes<p>Please read Southern's cycle policy at www.southernrailway.com/cyclepolicy for information about travelling with your cycle onboard a train from this station</p> <p><br/></p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Whole station step free

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Please contact local taxi companies, details of which can be found at www.traintaxi.co.uk

Train services to Brighton station

Brighton train station is mainly served by Thameslink, Gatwick ExpressSouthern and GWR trains.

Brighton station serves as a fast commuter route into London, calling at St Pancras International (via Thameslink), Victoria and London Bridge in the Capital, all of which call at Gatwick Airport along the route.

The Gatwick Express, which runs between Victoria and Brighton, is a fast non-stop service to Gatwick Airport. Southern Trains also run commuter services along the south coast, with stops in Eastbourne and Portsmouth among others. GWR also runs a service from Brighton, typically on routes to Bristol Temple Meads and onwards to Cardiff Central.

Need more information on how to get to Brighton by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Brighton.

How to get from Brighton station to the beach

Once you get off at Brighton train station, it’s super easy to get to Brighton beach. The main station exit takes you onto Queens Road – head straight down towards the sea and keep walking until you reach the beach, it’s around an 11-minute walk. Check out our guide to the best beaches near London to reach by train for more details on Brighton beach.

Brighton train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Brighton station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Brighton railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Brighton.

Brighton has eight platforms and is easy to navigate – whichever platform you arrive on, the station exit is directly ahead of you. The station has automated ticket gates, so keep your ticket handy, and use the larger gates if you are travelling with bulky luggage or require wheelchair access. Visitors arriving from London should note that Brighton is outside London Transport zones and Oyster cards are not valid.

Brighton train station parking

Brighton train station has a multi-storey car park on Stroudley Road. Step-free access from the car park to the train station is available.

Hotels near Brighton train station

Looking for a hotel near Brighton railway station? There’s a wide range of hotels you can choose from. Simply click on the button below and book now your accommodation in Brighton.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Brighton station open?

Brighton station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Brighton station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Brighton station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Brighton.

Are there toilets at Brighton station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Brighton station.

Are dogs allowed at Brighton station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Brighton station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

How do I get from Brighton station to the beach?

Once you get off at Brighton train station, it’s super easy to get to the beach. The main station exit takes you onto Queens Road – head straight down towards the sea and keep walking until you reach the beach, it’s around an 11-minute walk.

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