TRAVELLING TO BRIGHTON
FOR THOSE ATTENDEES arriving from overseas, you will probably be flying in to either Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW) International airports (Gatwick is currently the closest airport to Brighton). If you have not already booked your flight, the next round of seat sales will usually be announced around the end of August/early September. Please note that many of the online travel websites allow you to sign up for web alerts.
Tube/Train from Heathrow to Brighton
Upon arrival at Heathrow, you need to follow the signs to the Underground (journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk) and the Piccadilly Line (dark blue). You will need to take the Underground to Green Park and there change onto the Victoria Line (light blue) and travel one stop south to Victoria Station.
From Victoria you need to buy a ticket for a Southern train service (southernrailway.com) to Brighton. Advance-purchase tickets are available at a cheaper rate, and trains run approximately every half-hour with a journey time of just over 50 minutes.
First Capital Connect also run trains to Brighton from London Bridge Station, which connects to the Northern (black) tube line. There are four an hour with an average journey time on just over an hour (firstcapitalconnect.com). You can also get a First Capital Connect train to Brighton from St. Pancras International with a direct link from Eurostar, and trains also go from Clapham Junction Station (Platform 13), which is a major London interchange.
National Express Coaches (nationalexpress.com/Airport/heathrow.cfm) runs a regular service to Brighton and Gatwick Airport from the central bus station at Heathrow Airport (which can be reached by the walkways linking Terminals 1, 2 and 3). The central bus station is well sign-posted from all terminals and is located next to the London Underground station for Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
A one-way journey on National Express starts from approximately £20.00 ($30.00/23 euros) and the journey will take approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes. You will want to get off at the "Coach Station (near pier)" stop, directly outside the back of the Royal Albion Hotel. It is then a 15-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride along the seafront to the Hilton. Coach discounts are available if you are 60 years old or over, and fares are slightly cheaper if you book a return ticket.
Taxi from Heathrow to Brighton
Do not take a black cab from Heathrow, as this will be an extremely expensive option. Instead, we recommend you use a pre-booked taxi service for your journey to either Brighton or to Central London. In the UK, this type of taxi is called a "mini-cab", but the cars can be of any size.
Our preferred service is BA Transfer. You can either call them on +44 (0)207 118 0110 or book your journey online at: batransfer.com.
If you register on the website, you will receive a 5% discount. Please mention "WFC2013" when you book. You can pre-pay on a credit card or pay on the day with cash. A one-way journey from Heathrow to Central London is approx £36.00 ($54.00/41 euros) plus tip, before discount. A one-way journey from Heathrow to Brighton is approx. £98.00 ($147.00/113 euros) plus tip, before discount. Tips should be around 10%. Obviously, the more people in the cab, the cheaper the journey per person.
Train from Gatwick to Brighton
If you are flying directly into Gatwick, then you can catch a train from the South Terminal that takes you into Brighton Station in just over half-an-hour. Further information can be found on: gatwickairport.com/transport/trains/.
Once you arrive at the Brighton train station, walk (or get a taxi from the rank right outside) straight down Queen's Road and West Street towards the sea. Once you arrive at King's Road, directly on the seafront, turn right and walk past the Conference Centre, the Odeon Cinema and The Grand hotel to reach the Hilton Brighton Metropole, which is a mile from the station. The Holiday Inn is just a few minutes further on.
Taxi from Gatwick to Brighton
Our preferred service is BA Transfer. You can either call them on +44 (0)207 118 0110 or pre-book your journey online at: batransfer.com
If you register on the website, you will receive a 5% discount. Please mention "WFC2013" when you book. You can pre-pay on a credit card or pay on the day with cash. A one-way journey from Gatwick to Brighton is approx. £67.00 ($100.00/77 euros) plus tip, before discount. Tips should be around 10%. Obviously, the more people in the cab, the cheaper the journey per person.
Coach from Gatwick to Brighton
National Express Coaches (nationalexpress.com/wherewego/airports/gatwick-airport.aspx) runs a regular service to Brighton from Gatwick Airport. Fares start from £6.00 ($9.00/7 euros) one-way.
Car/Ferry to Brighton
If you are driving (the M23/A23 is the main London-Brighton road, 40 minutes from Junction 7 off the M25), please note that you will need to park in one of the city's secure off-street car parks. If you enquire at your hotel's Front Desk, they will direct you to the nearest parking facility, which is at Regency Square. Brighton & Hove City Council also operates numerous on-street pay-and-display parking spaces (which means you will have to move your vehicle to another bay after a certain amount of time). Please note that parking is difficult and expensive in Brighton, so if you are planning to rent a car we would suggest that you do so after the convention.
If you plan on travelling by ferry from France, there is a ferry to Newhaven (14 miles east of Brighton) from Dieppe. For further information please see: ldlines.co.uk/timetables/dieppe-newhaven
Parking in Brighton
Secured parking at the Hilton is currently £16.00 for 24 hours (price subject to change), but spaces are limited.
Secured parking at Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront is currently £18.00 for 24 hours, space is again very limited.
The Grand Brighton's car park is accessed from Cannon Place and has 40 parking spaces available to guests at £26.00 (Sunday-Thursday) and £30.00 (Friday-Saturday) per night, available from 3:00 pm on the day of arrival and issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Regency Secure Parking is located in Regency Mews, which is behind Regency Square in the centre of Brighton. Regency Square is the square directly opposite the West Pier (the old one) and, as such, is a great landmark for finding the convention.
NCP Regency Secure Parking
Please note that all the above information is subject to change without notice.
Coach to Brighton from Elsewhere in the UK
National Express coaches depart from various locations in London (including Victoria Station) and arrive directly outside the back of the Royal Albion Hotel at the "Coach Station (near pier)" stop. They run every hour and have a journey time of about 2 hours (www.nationalexpress.com).
National Express also offers various services across the UK to Brighton.
Train to Brighton from Elsewhere in the UK
The train system in the UK can be rather complicated, with numerous operators on a
number of routes. To find the cheapest fares, these websites will be of assistance:
For further information about travelling to Brighton go to: visitbrighton.com/site/accommodation.
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