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WHILE ON CAMPUS
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Gatwick to Brighton
If you fly into Gatwick, you can get a train from the airport direct to Brighton. These run regularly and usually take about 40 minutes.
Buy tickets in advance or at the station (see http://www.thetrainline.com)
Heathrow to Brighton
If you fly into Heathrow, you can either:
- head into central London, and then take a train from London Victoria to Brighton;
- or take a coach (bus) direct to Brighton.
We recommend the Tube from Heathrow to London Victoria, then train to Brighton.
Fastest Option: Heathrow Express train
- Goes from Heathrow to London Paddington, where you’ll need to take the Tube to London Victoria, where you can get a train to Brighton.
- 15 minute journey from Heathrow to Paddington; trains run every 15mins.
- Tickets can be bought on the internet or at the station. The standard single fare is £18 and standard return costs £32.
Easiest Option: London Underground (Tube)
- Journey time about 40 minutes; trains every 10 minutes.
- Underground stations at Terminal 1/3, Terminal 4 and Terminal 5.
- Single fare to central London roughly £5, which you can buy at the station.
Budget Option: National Express Coach
- Via London: Coaches approximately every 15 mins; journey time around 1 hour, straight to London Victoria, where you can get a train to Brighton.
- Straight to Brighton: will take between 2 and 3 hours. We recommend going through London, because sitting on a coach means more inert travel time for you, but if you want to get the coach straight to Brighton, book here: http://www.nationalexpress.com
- You’ll need to book online (prices vary, but generally very cheap): http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/airport/london-heathrow-airport.aspx
For more information on all options:
TRAVELLING from CENTRAL LONDON to BRIGHTON:
Trains run regularly (usually twice an hour) to Brighton from London Victoria, King’s Cross/Saint Pancras, and London Bridge stations. The quickest route is from London Victoria, and takes an hour or less.
A return ticket purchased at the station will be maximum £30. At peak travel times, fares are higher; peak times include before 9 am and the 4 – 6.30 pm rush hour on weekdays. Open, return tickets are the cheapest and most efficient option.
Brighton Station is in the centre of the city, and in most cases, you’ll be able to walk from there to your accommodation, or you can get a taxi just outside the front of the station.
You can look at train times and prices here: http://www.thetrainline.com You can buy on the day at the station or in advance on-line. For an alternate source of rail information, see http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/default.aspx.
TRAVELLING FROM BRIGHTON to the UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX at FALMER:
The University of Sussex is located just outside of Brighton, in the Sussex Downs and on the edge of Falmer village. If you’re not on campus, you’ll likely be staying in Brighton town centre.
To get to campus, there are usually four trains per hour from Brighton centre on weekdays, and two or three per hour on weekends. The journey takes 9 minutes and costs £3.30 (return). You can buy tickets to Falmer Station – that’s the University of Sussex stop – at Brighton Station.
Local buses also run regularly to the campus; tickets can be purchased on board. Single journeys to Sussex are currently £2.30. You can see a range of ticket options on-line at http://buses.co.uk/tickets/fares.aspx)
If you ask for a day saver ticket on a 25 or 23 route, the cost will be £3 return.
Route 25 runs west of city centre, through city centre, and out to Falmer (see http://www.buses.co.uk/travel/service.aspx?serviceid=1168)
Route 23 runs east of city centre (from Brighton Marina), through city centre, and out to Falmer (see http://www.buses.co.uk/travel/service.aspx?serviceid=1228)
Please be aware that the VisitBrighton site on our “Housing” page also lists specific bus routes to the university from your hotel.
Taxis to the university cost anywhere between £14 and £20 one way (tips additional).
Your hotel will be able to advise you about taxi companies, but further information is available here:
You can also find a map of Brighton taxi ranks here:
Anyone staying in University of Sussex accommodation is entitled to park on campus without charge. Most hotels will similarly have available parking.
Pay and display parking is available on Sussex campus in the Visitors' Car Parks between Monday and Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, at a rate of £6 per six hours. The Visitors' Car park is the last item on the "Main Buildings" section of the campus map index, which is locatable here:
For some information about disabled parking, please see:
University of Sussex Travel Information
The University of Sussex maintains a helpful website with directions to the campus. On this site, members will find information on how to get to Brighton and Sussex from road, rail, and air.
For accommodation information, please see our Housing page.
Maps and Directions to the University of Sussex: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/findus
Campus Map (.pdf)