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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.

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, that carries onto the end terminus is also served at Brighton. Southern Trains also run commuter services along the south coast, with stops in Eastbourne and Portsmouth among others. Great Western Railway also runs a service from Brighton, typically on routes to Bristol Temple Meads and onwards to Cardiff Central.

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 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

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.

Departures and arrivals from Brighton

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Brighton station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London VictoriaSouthern11:314On time
to Portsmouth HarbourSouthern11:362On time
to BedfordThameslink11:466On time
to LewesSouthern11:478Late
to London VictoriaSouthern11:584On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from BedfordThameslink11:356Late
from LewesSouthern11:448Late
from London VictoriaSouthern11:484Late
from Portsmouth HarbourSouthern11:552On time
from London VictoriaSouthern11:587Late

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