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Crawley - Brighton Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 9 daily train trips between Crawley and Brighton. The average train journey from Crawley to Brighton takes 31 minutes, but some Thameslink train trips are as short as 26 minutes.

Distance20 mi (32 km)
Fastest train0h 26m
Lowest price$22.13
Trains per day8
Most frequent serviceThameslink
Train lines1

Which train should you take from Crawley to Brighton?

Thameslink is the one and only train line which connects Crawley to Brighton. However, there are 9 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Thameslink90h 31m$22.13
  • Thameslink services run 24 hours a day with trains usually every 20-30 minutes, and coverage within the regions of Kent, Surrey, and Hertfordshire, plus service to London. Thameslink has separate first-class cars, and standard-class seating may be standing room only during peak hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Crawley and Brighton is approximately 20 miles, or 32 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 31 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 26 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Brighton.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Crawley to Brighton on Friday. Tickets for Friday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Crawley at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 8 of these are direct connections to Brighton. 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 Brighton to Crawley.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Crawley?

Main departure station: Three Bridges

There is one train station in Crawley.

All train stations in Crawley:

  • Three Bridges

Where is the train station in Brighton?

Main arrival station: Preston Park Station

Brighton has one train station.

Train stations in Brighton:

  • Preston Park Station

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