A day trip to Brighton is the perfect break from routine, and the city is close enough to London that it can be reached by train in roughly one hour, making it possible to go there on the spur of the moment. Trains for Brighton are quite frequent and leave from a number of stations, with the shortest journeys originating from London Victoria, London Bridge or London St. Pancras. London Blackfriars is also an option, but trains departing from there take the longest.
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Check the National Rail website (see Resources) for trains with a departure or arrival time matching your schedule and decide which one you will take. When making your decision, remember to consider not only the length of the train journey, but also the amount of time it will take you to get to the departure station from your current location.
Head to the departure station at least half an hour before your train is due to leave, so you have enough time to purchase your ticket, either from the ticket office or from automatic machines. Keep in mind London train stations can get very crowded and busy, especially at peak times.
Wait near the departure board until the platform from which the train is leaving is announced, then immediately head to the platform. Once the train arrives, let people exit first, if necessary, then board.
Tips and warnings
- Many trains to Brighton pass through Gatwick Airport and often get quite crowded, so you may have issues finding a place to sit. If this is a concern, use the advanced search options on the National Rail website to get a list consisting only of trains that don't call at Gatwick.
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