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Travel to Sussex

Find out what options there are for getting to Sussex from the airport.

How to get to Sussex

Find out how to get to the University of Sussex campus if you are travelling by train, car, bus or taxi.

If you need to quarantine

Some students travelling from certain countries, or who are not fully vaccinated, may need to quarantine when they arrive.

Find out about our quarantine support package for students arriving from outside the UK.

Travelling from Heathrow Airport

There are a number of options for travelling to Sussex from Heathrow Airport.

Public transport

You can travel to Brighton from Heathrow Airport using National Express Coaches or National Rail.

A National Express public coach takes about two hours to get to Brighton from Heathrow.

You can buy tickets through the National Express website.

National Express coaches arrive at Pool Valley Coach Station in Brighton. You can get a taxi from East Street or a bus from Old Steine to your accommodation.

You can get an underground or overground train from Heathrow Airport into London, although the train is not recommended if you have heavy luggage. You can plan a journey on the Transport for London website and download a map of the London Underground train network. You can get trains from London Bridge and London Victoria to Brighton Station, and from Brighton Station to Falmer Station if you’re heading to campus. Use the National Rail website to plan your journey.

You can book a taxi directly to your accommodation – see the “Travelling by taxi” section below.

Travelling from Gatwick Airport

If you are travelling from Gatwick Airport, you can get a train to Brighton Station, where there are connections for Falmer Station if you are heading to campus.

Shuttle bus

If you’re living in our accommodation on campus, over Welcome Weekend including Friday 17 September 2021, a shuttle bus service can take you there.

Welcome Connectors will be at Falmer Station to guide you to the shuttle service.

If you arrive outside of Welcome Weekend, the Sussex campus is a short walk away. It takes 10 minutes to reach on-campus accommodation.

Travelling by taxi

If you’re travelling to Sussex with family or you have large luggage, you may wish to travel from the airport by taxi.

We have an arrangement with 581 Taxis where you can book a taxi to meet you at the airport. Receive a discount as a Sussex student by quoting the discount code Sussex581.

To book, contact the taxi company directly by calling +441273 300300 or email taxis@581travelltd.co.uk. You will need to provide your:

  • name
  • date of arrival
  • landing time
  • airport
  • flight number
  • terminal
  • address in Brighton & Hove
  • contact phone number.

Price and payment

For Sussex students, the prices are:

  • from London Heathrow, £115
  • from London Gatwick, £70.

This includes car parking and a waiting time of one hour. After the first hour, the waiting time costs £16.50 an hour plus any extra car park charges.

If you want to share a taxi, request this when you book and 581 can discuss a price for a shared taxi.

You need to pay by card when you make the booking.

Important: You cannot pay the driver on the day, either by card or with cash.

You will liaise directly with 581 so make sure the company has your details and a contact number (this can be an international number).

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