Five and nine! The Brighton line! Toot toot!
So goes the bingo call for the number 59. Today, a variety of train companies will deliver to this little bijou town on the south coast and is one of the rare occasions when privatisation of the rail industry has led to consumer choice rather than the imposition of a private rather than public monopoly
You'll arrive in a nice Victorian station with high ceilings admitting a lot of natural sunlight. It's not the biggest in terms of facilities but there's a toilet (fee required), a newsagent and some places for coffee and a snack. Limited seating is available
However, you're only steps from the fun of Brighton as the station is conveniently located close to the centre of town. So, walk on through into town
The staff were helpful with information when I clarified which trains I could catch with my off peak saver ticket
This is the beautiful, Victorian (?) train station in Brighton. It is large and airy with enough natural light seeping through the cracks of the wrought iron decorations.
The waiting area before heading to your departure platform is very large, although with few seats. There are enough food establishments inside to keep your tummy well satisfied for any journey. There is also a fresh fruit/vegetable and bread stand right outside the station.
What I like best is that all platforms are on the same level - no need to take stairs/elevators to access your platform. The information board displaying the upcoming departures is very interesting. It gets updated from right to left, and only displays the upcoming trains in order of departure. I noticed all trains, with the exception of the London arrival one, were departing on time.
The attendants in this train station are not necessarily friendly and helpful as I got confused and mixed up my English when I asked where I could take the bus and instead of giving me a response, laughed =\
I hate to get all romantic on your asses but catching the train from Brighton Station always makes me think of Brief Encounter.
I know that was filmed at Carnforth Station not Brighton but there's something about the arched ceilings, the grand architecture and the freezing platforms that conjures images of heartache and heartbreak. In the summertime, the station is usually jam-packed with tourists and weekenders flocking to Brighton for a few days of sunshine. The rest of the time however, it always feels quite a emotive place with hundreds of strangers passing through looking for love, lust or company.
I've been here soooo many times now. Great station, easy to use, massive board telling you where to go, or else go into the ticket office and get advice.
You have to pay 20p to use the toilets, and there are hardly any trash cans.
The station has a good bit of history attached to it. The original facade was based on ideas of the Renaissance and was designed by Henry Morcatta. This was back when Trafalgar Street didn't have the bridge. The whole station was massively enlarged by the Victorians who added all the wrought iron and platform covers that dominate the station today.
These days it's a busy port of call and is on the line to all major cities in the country. They have a range of services and shops dotted around the forecourt. There is a good mix of ticket office and self service machines and a massive information board clearly informs you about departures.
The station is kept clean and it has the feel of a London terminal in many ways. A pretty good welcome into the city if you have arrived by rail with enough available to start off your time in Brighton.
As stations go, this isn't a bad one at all.
It's really a smaller version of some of the big London stations, with the same Victorian high roof of glass and steel. There seem to be a lot of films shot here - I assume because it would be easy on camera to make it look as if it were a large national station, but without the crowds to deal with.
There is a reasonable selection of little shops and food stalls, including an M&S food which is a great help for tired commuters who can't be bothered to cook!
As train stations go I guess this one isn't bad. It has plenty of trains going to plenty of different destinations but I have to say, the staff here, on the whole, are miserable and most of the time rude. The cues for tickets are huge and the machines are often out of order. I would comment on the disgusting price of tickets to London in rush hour when you have to stand all the way but that has nothing to do with the poor old station.
It is a pretty clean train station with everything you need. M&S is very handy if you come home from work late and fancy something nice and easy to pop into the oven.
Most visitors to Brighton start here: Brighton's massive, airy and busy station. Being one of the hubs for London traffic, Brighton Station is much larger than is really necessary, with 9 platforms and a pretty big concourse with plenty of shopping opportunities. It is telling that for a station of this size, there are only ever 2-3 manned ticket offices, but this isn't a huge problem: the big problems here are the general service offered.
I don't think this is really the place to have to heavy a rant against the overpriced, often-late and purposefully incomprehensible train system in this country, but it does need to be said: as one of the easiest, safest and used transport opportunities in this country, why is it so difficult and expensive to get the right train? Why are there not people telling you which trains your tickets are valid on? Is it just to catch people out?
Besides the train company's already abominable service, things are quite nice here. Staff are often surly, but past that the other services on offer here are very nice indeed, with various different types of food, from baguettes to M&S, to sate anyone's wallet and appetite. The huge taxi rank outside, as well as the proximity to various bus services, is really great, as is the closeness to the centre of town. In the end, it's a train station, and does what it says on the tin. The train services in this country need sorting out, but everything here is in the right place when they finally sort that mess out.
I completely agree with Joseph- as soon as the train pulls into this station..I feel so glad to be home. The station is very beautiful and acts as a great indication of the oncoming coolness of Brighton. I love the green painted iron work and the opaque roof which lets in a soft light. There are the usual problems with electrical failures and such but generally the whole place runs very smoothly, the staff is friendly and they are quite quick to signal any delays. There are lots of ticket desks as well as lots of ticket machines- making easier to grab a ticket and go. Be warned though, it gets very busy at rush hour and despite the numerous ticket vendors, there are still queues. There is a great florist's stand, a small M&S, a Smith's, a Millie's Cookies, a few other's I've forgotten! And cash machines!
Small 19th century Brighton Station is a bustling and significant part of the city - it's really quite small for the amount of use it gets. However, it's well run and there're regular trains, particularly to London and towards the west (via Hove then Portsmouth). It's less than half and hour to Gatwick too. The place is starting to get a bit romantic for me now - welcoming me home after many a trip away over the years.
I quite like this train station, although, I wish the tellers in the ticket booth would speak a little bit louder. Buying a departure and return ticket to and from London involved the teller and I leaning into the window and yelling at each other (politely, of course), for a good 5 minutes. Now that I think of it, I think his microphone was broken. But I ended up receiving my ticket in the end, so I can't complain.
As a tourist who is completely unfamiliar with the train system, it's refreshing and wonderful to know that it's so easy to visit other cities. Although I missed my planned train to London, I was glad to find there was another departing only 40 minutes later. It's very impressive, and makes the public transportation system we have back in North America seem dismal in comparison.
And since I'm new here, I didn't realize that it costs money to go to the bathroom in these train stations. I was none too happy with that, and to show my rebellious streak, decided to hold it in. That'll teach 'em! I suppose I should also come up with a slogan to really drive the point home: "Make it free because I gotta pee."
Or not... Hey, I'm new here. Paying to go to the bathroom is a new concept to me.
Global warming is a hot topic right now, especially in a green city like Brighton. It is therefore important that we all "do our bit" and avoid the unnecessary use of cars. Trains are a great way of reducing your carbon footprint when making long-distance trips. Shamefully they are not as cheap as they could be, but blame that on the privatisation of the railways (cough, cough 1980s/90s Tory government, cough). It is a however, always a pleasure to travel by train to and from Brighton. The Victorian station is majestic in its structure and always kept clean. The station is well staffed and secure; there are always taxis to the front and a large car park at the rear. Not to mention the Marks & Spencer, WH Smith and various food and coffee outlets inside. Whenever I enter Brighton station from the north I feel like I am home and proud to be here. Don't be a pain [to the environment by driving a CO2 machine]: take the train!
Serving us since the 1840's Brighton Railway Station sits on the top of Brighton opening up onto Queens Road which runs straight down to the sea. One day I aim to jog all the way down here in only a pair of speedos and jump straight into the ocean. Main trains to London are the quick route to Victoria and the only slightly slower (but slightly cheaper) one to London Bridge, which was the originally the only route into the big smoke. There are two ticket offices inside, one for today and one for planned routes (though if theres a big queue and you can't self-service at the machines you can buy tickets for today from the One Stop shop). There are some cracking deals on advance tickets at the station and although train travel on the day is expensive, if you plan ahead you can get amazing deals. I got to the beautiful Barmouth nr Snowdonia in only 6 and a half hours for under 40 quid, which on a normal day takes longer in a car. I love trains, no exhaust fumes, no sitting in traffic, no insurance and breakdowns, no accidents (except once in a blue moon) and you can read, write or just watch the landscape rolling by.
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