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Getting from Gatwick airport to Brighton

When travelling from London Gatwick Airport to Brighton, you have three different transfer options; taxi, train and bus. The quickest transfer option is to take a Gatwick airport taxi, which takes only 40 minutes. The cheapest option is to take the train to Brighton. Your final transfer option from Gatwick airport to Brighton is to take the National Express bus which takes around 60 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €86 min 24/7 Book
Taxi €44 40min 24/7
Train €11.08 40min 03:58–02:26
Bus €23 60min 17:20–

How to get from Gatwick airport to Brighton by taxi

Taking a taxi from Gatwick to Brighton is the fastest and most convenient transfer option. You’ll enjoy the safety and comfort of a private car and will reach Brighton within 40 minutes.

Taxi fare from Gatwick airport to Brighton

Unfortunately, the taxis at Gatwick airport don’t offer a set-rate fee for the journey to Brighton city centre. Instead, you ride will be calculated using a taximeter and you can expect to pay around €44 based on a taximeter. In order to secure a flat fee for your journey, you can book your ride in advance with Welcome Pickups.



Trip Duration

40 MIN

*Prices may vary unless you book your taxi in advance

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Gatwick airport

Where do I get it from?

When you exit both Gatwick North Terminal and Gatwick South Terminal, you will find a line of Gatwick taxis waiting on the ground floor. All you need to do is walk to the front of the line and ask for a taxi.


Although there are a couple of public transport options that are much cheaper than a taxi, the only way to get directly from Gatwick airport to your hotel in Brighton is by taking a cab.

Editor’s Note

Although the trunk space in taxi is fairly small, you can also place a piece of luggage on the front seat next to the driver.

Useful Tips

You can ask your driver for an estimated fare before beginning your journey.
Seatbelts must be worn by law in England.
Make sure your driver resets the taximeter to the base fare before beginning your journey to Brighton.

How to get from Gatwick airport to Brighton by train

Taking a train from Gatwick to Brighton is a fast and cheap way to travel. The Great Northern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Southern
trains run directly to the city centre of Brighton in just 40 minutes.

How much is the train from Gatwick airport to Brighton?

The starting price for the train from Gatwick airport to Brighton is €5.54. This price usually increases if you purchase your ticket during peak times or holidays. You can purchase your train ticket online in advance or from one of the ticket machines in Gatwick airport train station.



Trip Duration

40 MIN

There's an average waiting time of 10 minutes for the train.

Value for Money

The train runs from 03:58 to 02:26.

Where do I get it from?

If you land in Gatwick South Terminal, you can easily walk to the train station. However, if you land in Gatwick North Terminal, you will need to take the free shuttle bus to the South Terminal first and then follow the signs to the station.


If you’re travelling on a budget, taking the train from London Gatwick to Brighton is a great option. As tickets start at just €5.54, you can then take a short taxi ride to your hotel from the train station and keep the cost low.

Editor’s Note

If you'e carrying a lot of luggage, the train may not be the best option for you. Instead, you may want to think about a mode of transport with more storage space.

Useful Tips

If you miss a train, your wait won't be long as they come every 10 minutes.
Be sure to validate your ticket at the gates before entering the train.
Book your tickets in advance to save money.

How to get from Gatwick airport to Brighton by bus

The least convenient transfer option is the bus. The National Express bus runs only once a day from Gatwick airport to Brighton. The total journey time is around 60 minutes and the bus makes several stops within the city of Brighton.

How much is the bus from London Gatwick to Brighton?

The price of the National Express bus from London Gatwick to Brighton starts at €11.50. If you purchase your ticket on the day, this price could increase. You can purchase your bus ticket online or from the National Express ticket booths at Gatwick airport coach station.



Trip Duration

60 MIN

Leaves at 17:20

Value for Money

The National Express bus runs once a day at 17:20

Where do I get it from?

You can find the National Express coach station just outside of the North Terminal at Gatwick airport. If you land in the South Terminal, you can take the free shuttle bus to the North Terminal.


As the bus only leaves once a day from Gatwick to Brighton, it’s the least convenient option. If you land in the morning or late at night, you may want to choose an alternate mode of transportation.

Editor’s Note

If you land around 16:30, taking the bus may be a good option to save money. However, if you land at any other time of day, you will have a long wait for the bus.

Useful Tips

Make sure you're at the coach station at least 10 minutes before your bus is due.
Validate your ticket before entering the bus.
There's usually WiFi available on the bus.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in London. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Gatwick Airport to Brighton?

You have three different transport options when it comes to travelling from London Gatwick to Brighton; taxi, bus and train. The fastest transfer is by taxi which takes 40 minutes and costs around €44. The cheapest option is the train, which takes 40 minutes and costs just €5.54. Your final option is to take the bus which runs once a day, costs €11.50 and takes 60 minutes to reach Brighton.

Does the Gatwick Express go to Brighton?

Yes, the Gatwick Express runs from Gatwick airport to Brighton every 10 minutes from 03:58 to 02:26. Tickets start at €5.54 one-way.

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