How to take a rail journey from London to Brighton

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London to Brighton by train

The trains to Brighton depart from multiple stations in central London:

Gatwick Express operates the trains which leave from Victoria station, which is on the south-west corner of the city's central area.
So it is handily located for the West End and areas such as Chelsea, South Kensington and Notting Hill.
It also has a connection with three Underground lines; the Circle, the District and the Victoria lines.

Thameslink trains cross central London, so they typically depart from these stations - north to south:

  1. St Pancras International (which is a 2 min walk from King's Cross station)
  2. Farringdon, which has a very easy interchange with the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines of the Undergound
  3. City Thameslink, by St Paul's cathedral.
  4. Blackfriars, which straddles the River Thames so has access points on both the north and south banks of the river; and also has a connection with the Circle and District Lines.
  5. London Bridge, which has an interchange with the Jubilee and Northern lines

Routes you can take to go from London to Brighton

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: taking the Gatwick Express trains
Travel Time (approx)

1hr (approx)



Travel Info

2 x trains per hour

Route Information

Option 2: taking the Thameslink trains
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 5min - 1hr 10min



Travel Info

4 x trains per hour

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