Brighton only gained city status in 2000, although its first town charter dates back to 1313. Located in the county of Sussex, Brighton is a coastal seaside city with a thriving tourism industry and an estimated 277,000 inhabitants.
A bustling city, encompassing trendy bars, cafes and restaurants, a large LGBT population, diverse communities, unique shopping areas and many other tourist attractions - such as Brighton pier and the British Airways i360 tower.
Collecting your car hire in Brighton is the ideal plan if you wish to discover the county of Sussex. Numerous car rental agencies exist which can make obtaining the right quote time consuming and overly complicated. Auto Europe is therefore here to help you obtain the ideal quote - easily and quickly.
If you are planning on taking your car hire into Brighton City Centre, it is advisable to try and avoid peak rush hour times. This is normally in the mornings and late afternoons, together with weekends. Car parks in Brighton are usually full before midday and driving around can be extremely frustrating with many dead ends and one way streets. An alternative would be to use Brighton's Park & Ride scheme and leave your car hire within one of the car parks located outside of the city - then simply catch a bus into the city centre.
Several car parks exist which is ideal should you wish to get a car hire for Brighton. Parking in Brighton however, can be costly, with even on-street "Pay & Display" parking being expensive. If you look further along the coast however, you can for example, park for up to 4 hours free in Brighton Marina. Likewise on-street parking can be found in Hove, west of Brighton and in Hanover, which is closer to the city centre.
Brighton is located in a wide shallow bay on the Sussex coast, near a seasonal river. The South Downs (a range of chalk hills) is located to the north of the city with the English Channel to the south. 14.9 miles (23kms) west of Brighton lies Worthing, a large seaside town. To the east, approximately 24.2miles (38.9kms), lies Eastbourne, another large season town. Brighton benefits from being only 67.1 miles (107kms) south from the UK's capital city London and only 28 miles (45kms) or 45 minutes from London Gatwick International Airport.
Brighton has a local airport named Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport; however, this is a small airport that is mainly used by private airplanes. Due to this the closest international airport is London Gatwick, which is located only 18 miles from Brighton City Centre and takes 30 minutes by train to reach.
London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Address: West Sussex RH6 ONP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)844 892 0322
Brighton has excellent rail connections to the rest of the country. Thameslink provides a train service from Brighton to London (UK's capital city) via Gatwick Airport. Southern Railways link Brighton to Victoria and Ashford, with multiple stops on-route. Great Western Railway allows you to reach Southampton and as far afield as Cardiff in Wales.