It takes an average of 1h 21m to travel from London to Brighton by train, over a distance of around 47 miles (75 km). There are normally 401 trains per day travelling from London to Brighton and tickets for this journey start from £5.50 when you book in advance.
75 miles (47 km)
401 trains per day
Direct trains available
Planning a sunny day out or weekend away in Brighton and want to travel by train? Look no further.
The train from London to Brighton usually takes 1 hour and 25 minutes, but can take just 57 minutes on the fastest services. Many of the trains between London and Brighton are operated by Southern as well as 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.
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The average journey time by train between London and Brighton is 1 hour and 21 minutes, with around 401 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Brighton is 58 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Brighton can start from as little as £5.50 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Brighton without having to change trains. There are 401 direct trains from London to Brighton each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Brighton leaves at 03:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Brighton leaves at 01:17. 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.
Trains travelling from London to Brighton cover a distance of around 47 miles (75 km) during the journey.
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.
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.
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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.
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?
Paola is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.