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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.

Travelling from Heathrow Airport

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

Coach service

You can book on to our free meet-and-greet coach service from Heathrow.

If you need to quarantine

If you are travelling from an amber list country and are quarantining on arrival, you can book one of our Heathrow coaches between 23 August and 6 September. This gives you time to arrive and complete quarantine before Welcome Week begins.

If you have already quarantined in a government-managed hotel after arriving from a red list country, you can book the Heathrow coach service over Welcome Weekend (as outlined below).

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

Book a free Heathrow coach to Brighton or campus: select the Product Catalogue, find Trips and Activities and then select Heathrow Coach Service. You will need to register for an account. You can use any email address to do this.

Welcome weekend coaches

You can book a Heathrow coach ticket for either Saturday 18 September or Sunday 19 September 2021.

Coach booking opens on 23 August through the University of Sussex Online Shop. You can register for a shop account with any email address.

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.

Getting a taxi or bus from Brighton

This short video explains how to get a taxi or bus from the centre of town.

The video begins at Brighton Coach Station (known as Pool Valley), which is the main stop for national coach services.

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.

Getting a train from Gatwick Airport

This short video explains how to navigate through Gatwick Airport from the north terminal to Gatwick Airport Station, which is near the south terminal.

It also explains how to choose the right train to Brighton.

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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