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Best way to get to Brighton?

Louth, Ireland
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Best way to get to Brighton?

Hi!

A group of Irish gals hoping to travel to Brighton next Spring.

Will all depend on the time/expense of getting there.

Can anyone please advise which is the best airport to fly into? Gatwick/Luton/HW?

And then, how best to travel on to Brighton - what time would it take?

We are trying to plan the best possible route and the cheapest rate. Don't want to spend all our time in transit as its only a 2 night break. Will fly over on Friday a.m. and home on Sunday afternoon.

really appreciate any advice!

R

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1. Re: Best way to get to Brighton?

Gatwick is the closest airport to Brighton. From Gatwick it will be 30 mins to 45 mins to brighton by train depending on whether its an "express" service or not. You can also take national express bus which will take around 1 hour but can be slightly cheaper.

Louth, Ireland
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2. Re: Best way to get to Brighton?

Thanks very much.

I will get cracking on the flights so.

I will more than likely be back on closer to the time with tips

on where to eat/drink/shop.

thanks a mill.

R

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3. Re: Best way to get to Brighton?

definately gatwick although you may a cheaper flight if you via Luton for example but you need to see whether the cheaper fair is worth the extra travel???? good luck

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4. Re: Best way to get to Brighton?

If me I would fly to Gatwick and take the direct train(eveyt 1/2 hour) to Brighton. Cost is less than 8 pounds and takes about 40 minutes. Other airports will take much longer and at a much higher cost.

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5. Re: Best way to get to Brighton?

If you cannot find a suitable flight to Gatwick you might consider Luton. From Luton Airport Parkway (a 5min shuttle bus ride from terminal) there are regular direct trains to Brighton taking just under 2hrs. Please note that due to major construction work on this route in central London direct trains currently generally don't operate from mid evening onwards nor at weekends in which case transfer between stations by tube is requried....but is provided at no extra charge to rail ticket holders. The cost of a return ticket from Luton Airport Parkway to Brighton is £31 off-peak or £64 anytime (peak hours generally being morning and evening peaks Monday thru Friday).

You can compare above transfer costs and times with the £7.90 anytime single fare for the frequent (and quick) train service from Gatwick to Brighton. I suspect that you'd need to save at least £50....and probably nearer £100 on the air fare to consider using Luton.

The transfer from Stansted would be more expensive than Luton and a change of stations in central London by tube would be required as there are no direct trains. Stansted would be pretty well a 'last resort' for a visit to Brighton.

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6. Re: Best way to get to Brighton?

As a guide Ryan Air flights Dublin / Gatwick on random dates in Nov 2010 are currently on offer @ 8.99 euros plus admin charges and baggage indicating price of around 40 euros round trip with hand luggage only or 70 euros round trip with 1 hold bag (up to 15kg). For travel next Spring prices may well be higher as Ryan Air have (temporarily) waived taxes for the dates I looked at in November. If you allow 100 euros (hand luggage only) or 130 euros (with 1 hold bag), including round trip train fare Gatwick / Brighton and airport taxes that would make a suggested starting point for budget purposes.

If journey time were not an issue the cheapest option, especially with hold baggage, is generally sail / rail with fixed prices of 40 euros from Dublin to any UK train station and same journey in reverse for £31.50. Unlike air travel the price of sail / rail does not increase as travel date approaches and, in theory, is available just hours before starting journey. It is, however, around a 10 hour journey and thus more suited to those who find air fares for their particular dates are very high or those who have heavy baggage.

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