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London to Brighton by train

It takes an average of 1h 22m to travel from London to Brighton by train, over a distance of around 47 miles (75 km). There are normally 338 trains per day travelling from London to Brighton and tickets for this journey start from £7 when you book in advance.

First train

03:10

Last train

01:08

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Brighton

Journey time

From 58m

Distance

47 miles (75 km)

Frequency

338 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £7

Train operators

Gatwick Express, Thameslink, Southern

London to Brighton train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Brighton for Sunday 16th June 2024 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
04:10 On timelondon victoria05:37 On timebrightonPlat. 12 estimatedsouthern Off PeakGet tickets1h 27m, direct
05:02 On timelondon victoria06:21 On timebrightonPlat. 16 estimatedsouthern Off PeakGet tickets1h 19m, direct
05:45 On timelondon victoria07:12 On timebrightonPlat. 12 estimatedsouthern Off PeakGet tickets1h 27m, direct
06:32 london victoria08:03 brightonPlat. 16 estimatedsouthern Off PeakGet tickets1h 31m, direct
07:02 london victoria08:33 brightonPlat. 15 estimatedsouthern Off PeakGet tickets1h 31m, direct

Travelling from London to Brighton by train

If you’re planning a sunny day out or weekend away in Brighton and want to travel by train, we’re here to help!

Usually, the train from London to Brighton takes 1 hour and 22 minutes but can take just 58 minutes on the fastest services. On this route, services are operated by Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express. All three train companies offer free WiFi on most of their trains – just look out for the blue WiFi sign on the door of your carriage.

Whether you’re heading for a day out at Brighton beach (featured as one of our best beaches to reach by train from London) or shopping in The Lanes, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to book trains to Brighton and search for cheap ticket prices – we’ll show you how much you can save on your train tickets if you travel Off-Peak or use a Railcard. 

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Brighton in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for more information on:

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Brighton? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Brighton take?

The average journey time by train between London and Brighton is 1 hour and 22 minutes, with around 338 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Brighton by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Brighton is 58 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Brighton cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Brighton can start from as little as £7 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from London to Brighton?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Brighton without having to change trains. There are 338 direct trains from London to Brighton each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Brighton leave?

The first train from London to Brighton leaves at 03:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Brighton leave?

The last train from London to Brighton leaves at 01:08. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Brighton by train?

Trains travelling from London to Brighton cover a distance of around 47 miles (75 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brighton to London. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Brighton.

Cheap train tickets from London to Brighton

Train tickets from London to Brighton start at £7 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Brighton is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.

Train operators from London to Brighton

When travelling from London to Brighton, you can travel with Southern, Thameslink or Gatwick Express – continue reading to learn more about each operator.

Southern

Providing excellent transport links in and out of London, Southern covers journeys from the south coast to London Victoria, Waterloo, Charing Cross, London Bridge and back again. Whether you're travelling for work, leisure or a bit of both, Southern Railway offers a convenient way to travel.  

More information on Southern 

Thameslink

Thameslink run services between Bedford and Brighton, passing through London and Luton Airport. During peak train times, Thameslink operate eight services from Bedford every hour, giving you the convenience of commuting to London and further afield if need be.  

More information on Thameslink 

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express does more than get you to the airport and back. After its main leg from London to Gatwick by train, the Gatwick Express route map includes stops at Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Hassocks and the seaside town of Brighton – a popular weekend and day trip location. 

More information on Gatwick Express 

Southern train classes from London to Brighton

On Southern trains, you can choose between Standard Class and First Class.

Standard Class

In Standard Class, you’ll benefit from family-sized tables, luggage storage and free WiFi on most services.

Family-sized tables
Luggage storage
Free WiFi on most services

First Class

In Southern’s First Class, you’ll enjoy the amenities of Standard Class, plus extra space.

Family-sized tables
Luggage storage
Free WiFi on most services
More spacious seating

Gatwick Express train classes from London to Brighton

On Gatwick Express trains, you can travel in Standard Class or First Class.

Standard Class

When travelling in Standard Class, you can take advantage of family-sized tables and generous luggage storage.

Family-sized tables
Luggage storage
Plug sockets
Free WiFi

First Class

If you prefer to travel in style, upgrade to First Class and enjoy:

More comfortable seating
Quieter carriage

Services on board trains from London to Brighton

Learn more about the services offered on board trains from London to Brighton.

Travelling to the train station in London

When travelling from London to Brighton, you can depart from several London stations, depending on which operator you’re travelling with.

Everything you need to know about London Victoria and London Bridge

While you wait for your train to Brighton, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied at London Victoria and London Bridge.

Arriving at Brighton station from London

No matter which train operator you decide to travel with, you’ll arrive at Brighton train station, just north of the city centre.

The main train station in Brighton is simply called “Brighton”, but there are actually five stations here: Preston Park, London Road, Moulsecoomb, Falmer and Brighton.

Once you’ve stepped off the train, you simply need to scan your ticket at the barriers and you’re free to start exploring. You can walk to Brighton town centre from Brighton train station in a matter of minutes. If the Royal Pavilion, Old Steine, or Brighton Museum & Art Gallery are on your itinerary, you’re looking at a 15-minute stroll.

If you’re in Brighton to visit the beach, you can walk there from Brighton train station via Queens Road/West Street in around 12 minutes.

Using public transport in Brighton

Want to find out more about how to navigate Brighton’s public transport system? We’ve got you covered!

Brighton is a relatively small city, so everywhere is easy to reach on foot. Plus, you’ll pass some iconic spots as you walk. However, if you want to reach somewhere quickly, Brighton boasts a useful public transport system to help you navigate the city.

Taking the bus in Brighton

After walking, the bus is the best way to get around the city. Brighton has multiple bus companies that operate in the heart of the city, but the most prominent are Brighton & Hove Buses and Stagecoach South. Both companies use the same bus stops, but the bus numbers vary, and each company has its own ticket. Using the bus network, you can get from Brighton city centre to different areas of the city including Hove, Kemptown and Preston Park.

Taking the train in Brighton

If you want to get to certain parts of the city quickly and efficiently, you could take the train! As previously mentioned, Brighton has five train stations all served by Southern: Brighton, Preston Park, London Road, Moulsecoomb and Falmer.

If you’re hoping to travel slightly further afield, you can also take the train to other parts of the Brighton and Hove region including Fishersgate, Portslade, Aldrington, and Hove.

Top five things to do in Brighton

If you’re planning a trip to Brighton, but unsure where to visit first, here are some ideas for things to see and do in Brighton during your stay:

1. Brighton Beach

Despite the pebbles, Brighton is home to one of the best beaches in the UK. Along the seafront, you’ll find ice-cream shops, bustling beach bars and surprisingly, a swimming pool. You can spend a whole day by Brighton Beach, enjoying the sunshine and eating fish and chips. Just beware of the seagulls!

2. Brighton Pavillion

Built by King George IV during the Regency Era, Brighton Pavillion is one of the most visually striking buildings in the UK. The Pavillion’s architect, John Nash, was inspired by Indo-Islamic architecture, like that of the Taj Mahal.

3. Brighton i360

Situated on Brighton seafront, the i360 is one of Brighton’s newer attractions, opening in 2016. With an impressive observation deck at over 150 metres high, the i360 offers spectacular panoramic views over Brighton, across the South Downs and over the English Channel.

4. Brighton Palace Pier

Opened in 1899, the Brighton Palace Pier is a Grade-II listed structure, stretching out into the sea. Head to the iconic pier and enjoy arcade games, rollercoasters and of course – fish and chips!

5. The Lanes

Comprised of narrow alleys and avenues, the Lanes are teeming with independent shops, trendy restaurants and traditional pubs. Head to the North Laines to experience the most atmospheric area of Brighton.

Where to travel next after Brighton

If you enjoyed your time in Brighton and want to explore more of the UK, you can easily reach nearby towns and cities by train. To inspire your next trip, here are some of the most popular train journeys from Brighton:

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

London to Brighton by train in under an hour

Getting to London Bridge station

Our train to Brighton departed from London Bridge, a central London railway terminus that has recently undergone a total transformation. The new spacious street-level concourse is the largest in the UK and allows passengers to access all the 15 platforms from just one place. What I really love about this station is how bright it is, with natural light coming from the roofs and illuminating the concourse below.  

We took the tube to reach the station – it’s on the Jubilee and Northern Lines, so it’s super easy to get there.

Boarding the train

For our peace of mind, we bought our digital tickets with Trainline so we didn’t have to queue at the station to buy or collect our train tickets. We boarded a Thameslink train a few minutes before it was due to depart. As Brighton is a very popular destination for Londoners and tourists alike, there was a queue at the entrance of the platform where railway staff checked tickets, but it didn’t take us too long to get on board.

The journey

Thameslink trains are very modern, they have onboard information displays which show exactly where you are in your journey, so you can sit back, relax, and watch the world go by. Free WiFi is also available on most trains – just look out for the blue WiFi logo on the door as you board.

We sat in two forward-facing seats in Standard Class. Before we knew it, we were in Brighton – the journey lasted less than an hour! Brighton station is only minutes away from the town centre and the beach, so you can have your fish and chips straight at the pebble beach, what’s not to like?

About Paola

Paola, a Trainline employee, chose to share her experience of the journey between London and Brighton.

† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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