Sussex is located in the warm South East of England, directly south from London. Made up of West Sussex and East Sussex, the county incorporates one of the UK’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, stretching from Chichester in the West all the way along to Rye in the east.

By bus

A good network of bus routes links towns, stations, villages and local visitor attractions in Sussex. There are also local community services that join up harder to reach places, like the South Downs Rambler Bus, Cuckmere Buses in East Sussex which call at Charleston and Alfriston, and Brighton and Hove’s ‘Breeze up to the Downs‘ service, linking the city with some of the most popular locations in the South Downs National Park. Most bus operators within the South Downs National Park cater to wheelchair and pushchair users.

To plan your journey to or around Sussex, visit Traveline.

Sussex Art Shuttle

Between September and December 2023, catch the Sussex Art Shuttle between Towner Eastbourne, Charleston in Firle, Charleston in Lewes and Seven Sisters Country Park. The route, operated by Cuckmere Buses, runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and a hop-on-hop-off day ticket costs £2.50. Read more.

By rail

Sussex is around an hour from London by train, depending on your destination. Direct services run from London stations to Sussex’s main hubs like Brighton, Eastbourne, Chichester, Lewes and Hastings.

Find information about accessibility and Assisted Travel from Southern and SouthEastern railways, or view National Rail’s Access Map showing station facilities.

By air

Sussex is home to Gatwick Airport, from where regular train services run to all major towns and cities in the county.

Visit gatwickairport.com

By ferry

Ferries run regularly from Dieppe to Newhaven. Check the DFDS website for timetables.

Visit dfds.com

Chalkland butterflies

Many unusual butterflies haunt the sheep-grazed chalkland of the South Downs. One, the stunning Adonis Blue, is bright azure in the male and chestnut brown in the female. They love steep, south-facing downland slopes.



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