Trains from London to Brighton leave from London Bridge, London Victoria or London Blackfriars with several departures an hour. Direct services usually take just over an hour or 52m on the faster trains. If you’re travelling on an indirect service, these typically change at Hove, Haywards Heath or Three Bridges and take around 1h 15m, depending on which route you take.
Many of the trains between London and Brighton are run by Southern Rail as well as Thameslink and the 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.
Heading for a sunny day out by the sea? It’s just a short walk across town to reach Brighton Beach, and The Lanes are even closer if you fancy a wander around the many independent boutiques Brighton is home to.
Find out more about trains to Brighton.
The average journey time by train between London and Brighton is 1 hour and 21 minutes, with around 437 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 52 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Brighton can start from as little as £5 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 437 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 03:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Brighton leaves at 02:08. 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.
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.
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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.