Attracting 8.5 million tourists every year, Brighton is a destination that knows how to draw in the crowds. Thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere, classic Victorian seaside setting and vibrant nightlife, Brighton ticks all the boxes for the ideal UK holiday break. Its close proximity to the capital makes travel to Brighton a popular day trip for families, yet its thriving gay scene adds an extra splash of personality. With so many attractions, shops and restaurants crammed into one small area, it’s no wonder that Brighton has held on to its title as the UK’s most popular holiday destination.
Brighton may be lacking an airport, but the city is easily accessible by flying into one of London’s major airports. London Gatwick and Heathrow Airports all have an excellent range of transport options, with coaches and train connections running to and from Brighton. London Heathrow is about 1 hour 15 minutes to the north of Brighton, and National Express Coaches run regularly from the airport to Brighton in about 2 hours. Gatwick is the closest airport to Brighton, being just 40 minutes north of the city.
Brighton Railway Station is one of the busiest stations in the UK, so there are plenty of regular services to reach Brighton. Direct train services run regularly from London to Brighton several times per hour. The station is situated on Queen’s Road, which is only a 10 minute walk from the city center. There are also regular buses that run from the station to Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion.
Travel to Brighton by bus is particularly easy, as Brighton Coach Station is conveniently located near the seafront at Brighton Pier. National Express Coaches offer direct services from major locations, such as London Victoria Coach Station, which takes about 2.5 hours. Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company operate an excellent network of local, long distance and scenic bus routes around the Brighton area.