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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £5.00
  2. 30 day advance £5.00
  3. 7 day advance £17.50
  • First train
    04:00
  • Last train
    23:32
  • Avg changes
    0
  • Fastest journey
    52m
  1. It’s so easy to take the train from London to Brighton that it’s no surprise that Londoners think nothing of just going to Brighton for the afternoon. The fastest services depart from London Victoria station. Between them Southern and Gatwick Express offer four trains each hour from Victoria (two per hour on Sundays), most taking under an hour for the 81-km journey to Brighton. There are additional services (operated by Thameslink) from other London stations, with direct trains to Brighton from St Pancras, Blackfriars and also from London Bridge (the latter only on weekdays).

    This short journey takes in an exceptional stretch of countryside. The finest part of the journey is just beyond Gatwick Airport where the train cuts through the wooded hills of the Weald and crosses the Ouse Valley on a striking brick viaduct.

    As ever in Britain, to get the cheapest fares you need to book well in advance and commit yourself to a specific train. Tickets for your journey from London to Brighton normally go on sale about three months prior to travel. You can set a booking alert here on Loco2 and we’ll let you know when tickets for your preferred travel date are available for purchase. It's worth noting that the cheapest fares on this route are always on trains operated by Southern from Victoria or by Thameslink from other London stations. There are no advance purchase bargain fares on trains running under the Gatwick Express brand.

    London to Brighton

    London to Brighton

    The fastest trains from London Victoria to Brighton are branded Gatwick Express and most of these make just one stop along the way – no surprise that the stop is at Gatwick Airport. Other trains from London Victoria station are run by Southern. Even with four stops along the way, these Southern services still reach Brighton within an hour. The route from Victoria weaves south through London suburbs to Croydon, then cuts through the North Downs in a tunnel. Beyond Gatwick, the train cruises through lovely Sussex countryside before tunnelling under the South Downs to reach Brighton.

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Passenger age requirements

Different countries have different classifications for "Child" and "Youth". That's why we ask you to enter the age of young passengers when you search.

Countries Children Youths
Belgium and Luxembourg 6 - 11 12 - 25
Eurostar 4 - 11 12 - 25
France* 4 - 11 12 - 27
Germany* 6 - 14 15 - 25
Italy 4 - 11 12 - 25
Netherlands (including Thalys) 4 - 11 12 - 25
Spain* 4 - 13 14 - 25
Switzerland 6 - 16 17 - 26
United Kingdom* 5 - 15 16 - 25
others 4 - 11 12 - 25

* There are some exceptions to these definitions. Please see child and youth passenger age requirements for more information.

You can also read about Youth and Senior discounts and railcards.

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