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Brighton Trail Marathon


Don’t wait until the morning of the event to decide how you will get to the Start at East Brighton Park, make sure you’ve planned your journey in advance. 

Please also be sure to book accommodation in advance as the local hotels and hostels book up very quickly.

Please note we have arranged for participants to receive FREE bus tickets on the day for two routes – please see below for details.

Being dropped off at the Start

If you are driving to the start with friends or family or getting a taxi, you will need to ask them to drop you off near East Brighton Park.

Please do not drive into East Brighton Park. This and the immediate area will be closed to cars. Instead, you will need to be dropped off nearby and walk five minutes to the start.

Public Car Parks near the Start

There are a number of Car Parks located in the centre of Brighton that Brighton Trail Marathon participants may wish to make use of early on Sunday 26 June, ahead of their start at 8.30am at East Brighton Park. You can find a list of these here.

For car parks close to the start at East Brighton Park, we recommend:

  • Brighton Marina car park
  • Booking a parking space on Your Parking Space / Just Park
  • Black Rock car park

If you park in a city car park, public buses and trains will be running from Falmer Station (which is a short walk from Stanmer Park and the finish in the Event Village) to the city after you finish.

TOP TIP: If you are coming from a considerable distance outside of Brighton, it might be worth considering booking accommodation to make your event start as easy as possible.

Bookable Parking near the Finish

Car parking is available to book now at the AMEX Stadium, which is a short walk from Stanmer Park and the Event Village.

Please note that this is parking only and NOT a park and ride service. If you are doing the marathon please see below regarding buses and trains to the marathon start at East Brighton Park, from the car park.

  • Price: £15 per ticket (one ticket per vehicle)
  • Location: Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL // Google Maps link
  • Times: 6am – 6pm

Cars must be collected by the 6pm closing time. 

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Marathon Runners – please note before booking the AMEX car park:

If you wish to use this parking as a Brighton Trail Marathon participant, you will need to plan how to get to the start on time from the AMEX car park.

By bus:

  • You should aim to get the 6:30am or 7:00am No 25 bus from outside Falmer Station to the Old Steine and switch to the No 7 bus to Roedean Road
  • You will then be a five minute walk from the start. This will be approximately a 55 minute journey
  • This is the public transport route we recommend

(Please be sure to check bus times here closer to the event. Or download the Brighton & Hove Buses app)

By train:

  • You should catch the 7:30am train from Falmer Station to arrive at Brighton Central at 7:41.
  • You will then be able to get either the No 7 or No 1 bus from Brighton Station to Roedean Road and walk five minutes to the start
  • This will be approximately a 45 minutes journey
  • Please note: this is the earliest train from Falmer Station. However, this journey will have you arrive at the start just 15 minutes before the marathon begins. This will make it difficult to use the bag drop, collect your race pack (if you need to), use the toilets etc. It is therefore advisable to instead take the bus or be dropped off by supporters or a taxi, near the start.

Buses & Free Bus Passes for Participants

We have worked with Brighton & Hove Buses to provide free access to two bus routes for participants on event day. (General public / supporters can also catch these buses with a paying ticket.)

Participants will be emailed a bus pass that is valid for 1 person on Sunday 26th June.

This pass MUST be shown to the driver upon boarding.

The routes are as below. We have worked to increase the bus service to 2 x buses per hour for each route.

BUS 78:

Serves stops between Stanmer Village and the Old Steine in the city Centre.

Who would use this?

  • Brighton Trail 10k or Trail Kids participants who wish to get from the city to their start
  • Any participants who wish to return from Stanmer Park into the city after they finish

See the route and timetable

BUS 79:

Serves stops between Ditchling Beacon (Upper Lodges Car Park) and the Old Steine in the city Centre.

Who would use this?

  • Any participants who wish to cheer marathon runners on at their highest climb at Ditchling Beacon
  • Any 10k participants who may miss Bus 78, can get Bus 79 to Upper Lodges and walk to the start in Stanmer Park (20 minute walk)

See the route and timetable

Please check the Brighton & Hove Bus Company website for the most up to date travel information.


Brighton mainline station is only a 26 minute bus ride to the marathon start at East Brighton Park. Please check the train services are running as expected in the days preceding the event in case of engineering works or reduced services.Airports

London Gatwick is the closest airport and is 30 minutes away by train (trains run direct from the airport to Brighton mainline station) or 35-40 minutes by car.

London Heathrow is about 2 hours away by train or coach. Visit National Express for details of drop off points in Brighton and to book coach tickets.


If you are staying in or near Brighton taxis will be able to collect you and drop you close by to the Start area on Race morning.

You can find a list of taxi firms in Brighton & Hove on Yelp.

By Bicycle

There is a list of bicycle parking available on the Brighton & Hove City Council website here. There are some limited bike racks around East Brighton Park for those who wish to cycle to the Marathon start.