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Trip Summary

There are 18 daily trains from Brighton to London. Traveling by train from Brighton to London usually takes around one hour and 9 minutes, but the fastest Southern train can make the trip in 55 minutes.

Distance47 mi (76 km)
Fastest train0h 55m
Lowest price$9.19
Trains per day26
Most frequent serviceThameslink
Train lines3

What is the price of a train ticket from Brighton to London?

In the last month, $22.63 was the average price of a train ticket from Brighton to London. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 3 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $23.69 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Brighton to London by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$32 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Brighton to London in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$39 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$67$53$40$27$133020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 3 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to London from Brighton will be about C$23.69 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Brighton to London?

There are 3 train lines with service from Brighton to London. Thameslink is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 11 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Gatwick Express61h 3m$42.28
Southern61h 3m$30.89
Thameslink111h 14m$35.21
  • Gatwick Express

    Gatwick Express

    Gatwick Express train tickets from Brighton to London start from $30, and on average cost . Daily there are 6 Gatwick Express schedules to London. Gatwick Express in Brighton leaves from 11 Terminus Rd and one other station. And in London trains arrive at Victoria Rail Station .

    From Brighton to London train travel on Gatwick Express takes 1 hours and 3 minutes. If you are looking to get to London faster, Gatwick Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 55 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Gatwick Express offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to London.

  • Southern

    Southern

    Southern Railway is part of the British rail network serving stations predominantly between central London and the British south coast. Destinations include Brighton, Gatwick Airport, and Worthing. WiFi and accessible restrooms are available on most trains, plus the option to upgrade to a first-class ticket with extra legroom.

  • Thameslink

    Thameslink

    Thameslink services run 24 hours a day with trains usually every 20-30 minutes, and coverage between Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, and London. Thameslink has separate first-class cars, and standard-class seating may be standing room only during peak hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Brighton to London during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Brighton to London?

The distance between Brighton and London is approximately 47 miles, or 76 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 55 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to London.

When are trains the most crowded?

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Brighton to London. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Monday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Brighton at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Brighton to London?

There are 18 scheduled trains on most days. 26 of these are direct connections to London. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from London to Brighton.

City Information

Brighton

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Set between the countryside and the sea, Brighton is a colorful town that attracts visitors year-round, but especially in the summer. There are breathtaking landmarks as well as fantastic beachfront properties that ensure your Brighton vacation is as exciting or relaxing as you choose.

Two of the most iconic attractions in the city are the British Airways i360 and Royal Pavilion. The Royal Pavilion palace boasts Chinese- and Indian-inspired interiors and exteriors. The British Airways i360 offers a more modern view, serving as an observation tower and showcase of gliding engineering. Inside a glass-walled pod, you can glide 450 feet high and enjoy 360-degree views of Brighton.

Visit the Brighton Palace Pier and Sea Life Brighton for some outdoor family fun. Brighton Palace Pier offers beachfront rides and many other activities and food and drinks for the entire family to enjoy. Next door, Sea Life Brighton introduces kids to sea creatures of all types, including a shark that swims in an underwater tunnel.

Brighton is packed with fab restaurants, hip bars, and cozy pubs. What's more, Brighton is a Gold Award recipient for being one of England's most sustainable food places. Some of the top places to eat are Socialite, No. 1 Bar and Bistro, The Set Restaurant, and The Great Globalls.

There is a small Brighton City Airport, but the closest major airport is London Gatwick, located in Crawley; you can take a bus or train from Gatwick to Brighton. Brighton's train service is available on Gatwick Express, Southern, or Thameslink trains. If you prefer to take the bus, hop on National Express, which runs 40 routes in the area.

London

One of the most important cities in the world, London is where the traditional blends seamlessly with the modern. As a vibrant modern city, London has something for everyone. For visitors interested in the Royal Family as well as their history, check out Buckingham Palace. The palace is open all days in summer, but only on selected days in winter. The Tower of London, where the crown jewels are put on exhibition, is also a great spot to check out. For fans of history, you might not want to miss out on the famous British Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in all of London. The museum currently carries an impressive collection of 8 million historic objects from all around the world, making it an eye-opening destination for many.

London’s food scene reflects its multiculturalism. Here you can find restaurants serving cuisines from various countries around the world, from India to Malaysia. If you opt for a lavish dining experience, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, run by the famous chef himself, will be a great choice. Also don’t forget to stop by at a local pub and enjoy the beer like a true Londoner.

The city’s centers of intercity rail services are King’s Cross Station and Euston Station, from which you can take a train to other places in the UK or hop on the Eurostar train to Paris and beyond. The largest coach station in the city is Victoria Coach Station, serving big local carriers like National Express. The city’s air services are fulfilled by eight airports, of which London Heathrow Airport, located west of the city, is the busiest one.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Brighton?

Main departure station: Preston Park Station

There are two stations in Brighton where you can board the train to London.

All train stations in Brighton:

  • Preston Park Station

  • 11 Terminus Rd

Where is the train station in London?

Main arrival station: Victoria Rail Station

There are more train stations and stops in London than most cities. Most trains from Brighton will stop at one (or more) of the 7 following stations in London:

Train stations in London:

  • Victoria Rail Station

  • City Thameslink

  • London Bridge Station

  • West Hampstead Thameslink Station

  • Clapham Junction

  • Finsbury Park

  • Mill Hill Broadway Station

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