For those travelling overseas to the Brighton IARR 2019 Conference, we would recommend flying into a London airport. We would recommend flying into Heathrow or Gatwick.
Gatwick is a little bit closer to Brighton than Heathrow. There are direct trains from Gatwick to Brighton, including but not limited to the Gatwick Express. There are frequent services to Brighton by train (up to 10 per hour) and the train journeys are about 25-40 minutes with fares ranging from £9 to £11 (approximately 11 to 14.50 USD) one-way (Note: Roundtrip fares are available, but it is often cheaper to purchase two one-way tickets for these longer journeys). The station at Gatwick Airport is attached to the airport and only a short walk. You can also get a train from Gatwick into London Victoria or train from Brighton to London Victoria, if you wish to extend your stay in the UK before or after the conference. You can access train fares and times at: https://www.thetrainline.com/
Heathrow is the main airport for USA flights and is more central to London, but it is a bit further from Brighton than Gatwick. There is a regular coach (bus) to Brighton Coach Station from Heathrow about every hour. Journey times last just under 3 hours each way.
If booked in advance, fares are about £20 (approximately 26 USD) each way (Note: Roundtrip fares are available, but it is often cheaper to purchase two one-way tickets for these longer journeys). You can access coach fares and times at: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en
Try to avoid flying into Stansted and Luton. These airports serve charter airlines and are actually north of London. They are more difficult to get to and from Brighton. Other airports outside of London nearby include Southampton and Bournemouth, which mainly serve flights from Europe. A train journey would be required to get to Brighton from these airports (for fares and train times, see: https://www.thetrainline.com/).
For those travelling within the UK to the Brighton IARR 2019 Conference, we would recommend travelling by train or coach, as parking is limited on campus and around Brighton. Train fares and times can be accessed via https://www.thetrainline.com/ and coach fares and time can be accessed via https://www.nationalexpress.com/en.
The University of Sussex campus is located just outside Brighton in Falmer. Falmer can be reached from Brighton via bus, car, taxi or train.
Local buses from the city centre to the University of Sussex are frequent (up to every ten minutes during rush hour) and the journey lasts 20-30 minutes. The 23, 25, 25X, N25, 28 and 29 buses all run between the centre of Brighton and the campus. The 25 buses run from Palmeira Square in Hove, through Churchill Square and the Old Steine in Brighton, into the campus. The 23 route runs from Brighton Marina in the east, through Hanover, into the campus. The 28 and 29 go from Churchill Square and stop outside the University campus. Day passes on either of routes 23, 25, 25X, N25 are £4.40 (approximately 5.75 USD), another option would be to purchase a citySAVER ticket, which is good for all routes to the campus and around Brighton (from Shoreham in the west to Saltdean in the east). These tickets cost £5 (approximately 6.50 USD) for a full day’s travel. For more information, see: https://www.buses.co.uk/
The University of Sussex is also accessible by train from central Brighton with up to four services an hour and the journey lasts nine minutes. Daily return travel from Brighton to Falmer ranges from £3.60 to £5.80 (approximately 4.75 to 7.75 USD), depending on what time you leave (fares are cheaper after 9am). For fares and times, see https://www.thetrainline.com/. The train station is less than a five-minute walk (downhill) to the University of Sussex campus (see University of Sussex map).
For those driving, the University is located in Falmer on the A27 between Brighton and Lewes about four miles (six kilometres) from the centre of Brighton. Follow signs for the University of Sussex, which is on the north side of the A27. The University of Brighton also has a campus at Falmer, on the south side of the A27. If you are coming from London and the north, take the M23/A23 road towards Brighton. Before you enter Brighton, join the A27 eastbound signposting Lewes. If you're travelling from the east or west take the A27 direct to the University.
Car parking on campus is limited, although free for delegates. There is designated visitor parking, which is signposted on campus. Car parks are not attended and you should not leave objects of value in your vehicle.
Car parking in Brighton is also limited, especially on weekends. A lot of the hotels, including My Brighton, B&Bs and Guesthouses in the city centre do not have their own parking lots. There are parking lots at the Laines (postcode: BN1 1ND), Trafalgar Street (postcode: BN1 14DY), London Road (postcode: BN1 4GE) and Churchill Square (postcode: BN1 2FB). You can go to Parkpedia (https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/carpark/churchill_square_2/bn1/brighton/?arriving=201902251130&leaving=201902251330) to find out the costs of parking in each car park, and find out more information about parking in Brighton here: https://www.visitbrighton.com/plan-your-visit/travel-information/parking.
Local taxi firm, Streamline Taxis, offer set price fare deals for University of Sussex visitors, students and staff for certain set journeys in the local area. These are £14 (approximately 18.50 USD) for a standard taxi or £21 (approximately 27.50 USD) for a mini-van each way between Brighton and Falmer. You can book a Streamline taxi online via: https://www.streamlinetaxis.org/book-online, or by calling 01273 202020. Be sure to mention that you are a visitor to the University of Sussex to get the fare deal. Uber is also available, but it is cheaper to use the Streamline Taxi’s fare deals for University of Sussex visitors. Ubers range from £16-21 (approximately 21 to 27.50 USD) each way between Brighton and Falmer.