Brighton Travel Kit

Useful Information to Help You Start Your Trip to Brighton

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    Our Brighton Travel Kit lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in the UK. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips. 

    It’s all compiled in this Brighton Travel Kit. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in Brighton.

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    Best time to travel to Brighton (weather-wise)

    Brighton has a temperate climate, with mild winters and moderately warm summers.

    • Average temperatures range from 3ºC in winter to 20ºC in summer.
    • Most rainfall occurs from October to January. 
    • The sunniest and warmest time of the year is from May to September. As for weather, it’s the best time to visit Brighton. 
    • July and August are peak tourist season, with hotel and flight prices rising accordingly.
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    Brighton basics

    • Primary language: English
    • Plug Type: G
    • Electricity: 220-240 V
    • Currency: Pound sterling (£)
    • International Dialling code: +44 1273
    • Emergency telephone number: 999
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    Getting into the city

    By plane

    Brighton sits on the south coast of England, about 70 miles south of central London. Chances are great that, coming from abroad, you’ll land at Heathrow or Gatwick, the 2 main airports in the UK’s capital. There are several transfer options to reach Brighton:

    • A taxi takes around 2 hours and costs around £100.
    • The train takes around 1 hour and costs £40. The main departure point is Victoria Railway Station in the centre of London.
    • The bus takes around 1-2 hour and costs between £6 and £14, depending on the day and time of departure. Many buses depart from Victoria Coach Station. It’s the cheapest option to get to Brighton from London.
    • Car rental agencies can be found in the 2 main airports in London. 


    Brighton Railway Station

    Brighton Railway Station is just north of the city centre, a stroll away from the beach. Built in 1840, it’s one of the busiest train stations in the UK. A coffee shop, a Marks and Spencer shop and ATM machines are some of the facilities available in Brighton train station. From here, you can get to your hotel by bus or taxi.

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    Getting around Brighton

    Travel tips

    The most pleasant way to explore central Brighton is on foot. The city cente is a compact 1 sq mile and its main centre of interest, the beach, is walking distance from many landmarks and attractions. These include the Royal Pavilion, the Mechanical Memories Amusement Museum and the Sassoon Mausoleum.

    For longer journeys, Brighton features the following options: 

    • There’s an excellent bus network. Prices start from £2.20 for a single ride. An unlimited 1-day ticket costs around £4.
    • The Volk's Electric Railway is a historical tram line that links the Palace Pier Jetty to Black Rock along the beach. A single ticket costs £3.70.

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    Taking a taxi

    • Many taxi and black cab companies operate in Brighton. The most popular are Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs, City Cabs Brighton and Streamline Taxis.
    • Over 40 taxi ranks can be found throughout the city.
    • Taxis can be hailed on the street unless a taxi rank nearby. 
    • Taxis’ initial rates for the first 480 yards range between £2.80 and £8.40 depending on the day and time of the ride. Each subsequent 160 yards costs between £0.20 and £0.60.
    • Payment of the fare by credit card is possible by using one of the Brighton taxi apps available for iPhone and Android devices. 
    • You can also use the popular MyTaxi app to hail a taxi in Brighton.

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    Cycling with BTN BikeShare

    Brighton features a bike sharing scheme named BTN BikeShare. It’s a great way to explore Brighton on clear days. All you need to do is to register online and install the app on your mobile phone. Docking stations can be found all around the centre of town. The price is £0.30 per minute and there’s a minimum charge of £1 per rental.

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    Annual events in Brighton

    Brighton Festival 

    • What: A celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature in many venues throughout Brighton.
    • When: 3 weeks in May 
    • Where: Many venues, but Brighton Pavilion hosts the most events


    Brighton Fringe Festival 

    • What: A diverse arts festival showcasing comedy, cabaret, theatre and music. Lots of up-and-coming acts perform at the Brighton Fringe. It runs concurrently with the more mainstream Brighton Festival.
    • When: 4 weeks in May-June 
    • Where: many venues throughout Brighton 


    Brighton Pride 

    • What: One of the UK’s most famous LGBT events, with a main parade and many smaller parties.
    • When: A weekend in August
    • Where: Preston Park 

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