2016 Conference Travel

The University of Sussex is located in Falmer, and adjoins the South Downs National Park. It is only 4 miles from Brighton city centre. The University of Sussex campus is well served by public transport with Falmer train station on the south side of campus, and frequent buses on campus to and from Brighton. The adjoining A27 also gives good access by car. Further details are provided below.

Travel Journey Planner

The GoEuro website can help you plan your trip to Brighton by finding routes within the UK and Europe for all major modes of transportation. Their Brighton travel page also provides more information about travelling to the city and how to get around.

Travelling from Overseas

By Air

The closest airport to Brighton is London Gatwick, which is 30 minutes away by train.

London Heathrow is around two hours away by coach (see information about travel by coach).

European budget airlines tend to fly to Luton, Stansted and London City airports, but please be aware that these are some distance away from Brighton, although public transport links are available.

Channel tunnel rail link

Eurostar operates train services from continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. From the London St Pancras domestic terminal you can take a train direct to Brighton.

By Sea

Cross-channel car and passenger ferries operate between Dieppe in France and Newhaven, which then has a direct train link to Falmer. From Portsmouth or Southampton, take the train to Brighton and change for Falmer. From any other port, take the train to London and travel from Victoria train station via Brighton.

Travelling within the UK

By Train

Falmer train station is the University of Sussex train station. Pedestrian access to the Sussex campus from Falmer station is through a subway under the A27 - follow signs for the University of Sussex (Note: the University of Brighton has a campus at Falmer too). It is a 10 minute walk from Falmer station to the Jubilee building (more information on How to Find Us can be found under General Information).

Falmer is located on the line between Brighton and Lewes, within 10 minutes' travel time in each direction. Four trains an hour go there during the day. Visitors travelling to the University Sussex via London and the West should take a train to from London to Brighton and change there for Falmer. The journey time from London to Brighton is just under one hour. You can also change at Lewes for Falmer, if you are coming from the East.

Please note engineering work is taking place between Three Bridges and Brighton/Lewes on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March, closing the line. There will be a bus replacement service between Three Bridges and Brighton/Lewes on these days, so please factor this into your travel arrangements.

By Coach

National Express Coaches to Brighton depart from London Victoria Coach Station and arrive at Pool Valley in the centre of the city. Services are every hour during the day and take about two hours. Coaches also run to Brighton from Gatwick and Heathrow. From Pool Valley you need to walk 100 metres to the Old Steine where you can catch a bus direct to the University (see Local buses section below), or you can take a taxi.

By Car

The University is at Falmer on the A27 between Brighton and Lewes, about four miles (six kilometres) from the centre of Brighton. Please follow signs for University of Sussex on the north side of the A27. (Note, the University of Brighton also has a campus at Falmer on the south side of the A27).

Visitors from London and the north should take the M23/A23 road towards Brighton. Before entering the centre of Brighton, join the A27 eastbound signposted Lewes. Drivers from the east or west should take the A27 direct to the University.

The campus postcode for GPS navigation is BN1 9SL.

Parking is provided free of charge for all delegates using any car park on the University of Sussex campus, for the entire duration of the conference. A printable permit for display in your windscreen is available here. Car parks 7 and 10 are the nearest to the Jubilee Building (see the campus map for the location of car parks).

Local Buses

The 23, 25, 28 and 29 buses run between the centre of Brighton and the University, bringing you directly to campus. You can catch a bus from the Old Steine in Brighton; the 25 also runs from Churchill Square. The 28 and 29 go from the Old Steine and stop right outside the University campus on their way to Lewes and beyond. Travel time is about 20-30 minutes. Bus timetables and information is available from Brighton buses.


Taxis are available at both Brighton and Lewes train stations and at many places in the centre of Brighton. It is about four miles (six kilometres) from central Brighton to the University. (There is no taxi service at Falmer station itself.) It is often quicker to catch the train direct to Falmer from Brighton or Lewes.

Several taxi companies operate locally, including Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs (01273 204060), Streamline Taxis (01273 202020), City Cabs (01273 205205) and Lewes & District Taxis (01273 483232). The journey to campus from Brighton is 4 miles and takes around 20-25 minutes, but please allow at least 45 minutes when coming in for a 9am slot.

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