Travel off peak to find cheap trains from Brighton to London. Peak hours tend to fall around commute time - so you can expect to pay more for trains that arrive in London an hour before or after 9am.
You'll find the cheapest tickets to London from Brighton around 12 weeks before your travel date, as this is when Southern make their advance tickets available. There are a limited number of these and there are three price tiers - £5, £8.50 and £12. First class advances are often available for £17. These prices are available until 6pm the night before travel, or until they're all snapped up.
Most trains from Brighton to London are direct. The fastest train to London from Brighton takes just under an hour and arrives at Victoria Station. It calls in at Hassocks, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and Clapham Junction. The slowest service takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and arrives at London Blackfriars. This service stops at a few extra stations en route to London including Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.
Trains to London are available from Brighton Railway Station and services are operated by Southern Rail.
Trains from Brighton arrive at London Victoria, London Bridge and London Blackfriars stations.
London Victoria station is located in Westminster, not far from Buckingham Palace and the Passport Office. If you're not staying in the area you can get to other parts of London using the District, Circle and Victoria tube lines.
London Bridge station is located firmly in the City - it sits in the shadow of the Shard skyscraper, and is a short walk from Borough Market. The Jubilee and Northern tube lines also stop here.
Blackfriars station is on the north bank of the river near Fleet Street and is served by the Circle and District tube lines.
The first train from Brighton to London is at 05:10 and arrives at Victoria for 06:25 with a change at East Croydon. The first direct train is at 05:23 and arrives at Victoria at 06:29.
The last direct train to London from Brighton departs at 00:10 and gets into Blackfriars Station at 01:28. There's an indirect service at 03:35 with a change at Three Bridges. This gets into London Blackfriars at 05:41.
Train timetables are subject to change: compare tickets from Brighton to London to see the latest departure times.
5 stars | Alyssa Collier
London is one of my favorite cities in the world. A modern city that is filled with hundreds and hundreds of years worth of history. When I stayed here (I came with family) we opted out of staying in a hotel and rented apartments which we found was the best option. You have tons of space and it gives you a little bit more freedom. We chose to shop local markets to find food to cook for breakfast and had our attempts of cooking a traditional english breakfast as well. I love this city and always looking for an excuse to go back. Each visit will never be like the last as you constantly find something new to see.
5 stars | Awilda Hernandez
I've visited the city of London a few times and this is an amazing city for those who love the outdoors, learning about history, art, and enjoying an amazing day cruise through the River Thames. The city offers views of the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and much more. You will be able to explore the entire city of London on foot or aboard city tour buses. This is one of the oldest cities in the world where you will learn much about world history.
5 stars | Rebecca Goglia
This is a really beautiful train station! Harry Potter fans, don't miss Platform 9 3/4 for a great photo opp. They even have an assistant who with adorn you with your chosen house scarf and blow it in the "wind' for you for your perfect photo. There's of course a Harry Potter souvenir shop here too. Worst part of the station is that there are no outlets; I looked and I asked. TIP: I found a cheeky one right outside the door to the Virgin Lounge on the upper floor.