Brighton

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Brighton
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United Kingdom
State: South East England
Population: 156.000
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Brighton is a city on the south coast of England.

Brighton is the major part of the city of Brighton and Hove (formed from the previous towns of Brighton, Hove, Portslade and several other villages) on the south coast of Great Britain. Formerly part of the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, it remains part of the ceremonial county of East Sussex, within the historic county of Sussex.


Hitching out

North towards London

Take the Bus 5A towards Patcham and get off at Ridgeside Avenue. Follow the road Northwards (the direction the bus was going if you came from the city centre) until you get to a big roundabout. You want to take the A23 towards London. Several spots are available to hitchhike from, with space for cars to pull over.

There is also a modestly frequented petrol station, if you want to talk to people.

Also can not take the bus and found it very successful. Walk from the top end of London road (Preston Circus). Walk up the road with Barclays on one side and the pub "Preston Circus" on the other. Just keep walking up that road for 15-20 minutes. Or just ask someone for "Preston Road" that is the road you want to be walking along. You will be walking past a park on one side and Travel Lodge and other various buildings on the other side. Hitch from the rock garden opposite the park just by traffic lights, there is a side turning for cars to turn into. Its just before the Shell petrol station. Just write London on your sign.

East towards Dover and Kent

Walk from the top end of London road (Preston Circus). Walk up the road with Barclays on one side and the pub "Preston Circus" on the other. Just keep walking up that road for 15-20 minutes. Or just ask someone for "Preston Road" that is the road you want to be walking along. You will be walking past a park on one side and Travel Lodge and other various buildings on the other side. Hitch from  the rock garden opposite the park just by traffic lights, there is a side turning for cars to turn into.  Its just before the Shell petrol station. Write "M25 West" on your sign.  Its pretty easy all the way to Clacket Lane - just make sure they are going that far.  If going to Calais its often quicker to get a lorry and you get free coffee and tea in the Lorry Lounge on the ferry. Its paid per vehicle not per person on the Calais ferry, Lorry drivers will mostly likely know but cars normally don't 

You can get dropped off in one of the laybys on the A23, before it turns into the M23 and from there you must only accept a lift that's going at least as far as Clacket Lane Services. Clacket Lane is an excellent place to hitch from, as is Maidstone Services further on. These are the only two service stations between Brighton and Dover (apart from Pease Pottage, but that's no good going in that direction, only to be used hitching to Brighton)(Disputed). Do not get out anywhere other than these service stations and you will move quickly. In the service stations just walk up to people and ask "Are you by any chance driving in the direction of Dover?" or something similar. Super-quick hitching guaranteed.

West towards M4 (Sipson (for grow heathrow), Bristol, South Wales)

Walk from the top end of London road (Preston Circus). Walk up the road with Barclays on one side and the pub "Preston Circus" on the other. Just keep walking up that road for 15-20 minutes. Or just ask someone for "Preston Road" that is the road you want to be walking along. You will be walking past a park on one side and Travel Lodge and other various buildings on the other side. Hitch from  the rock garden opposite the park just by traffic lights, there is a side turning for cars to turn into.  Its just before the Shell petrol station. Write "M25 West" and make sure the driver is going past Cobham service station.

M25 Service stations

Although it is better to go to said service stations, as long as you end up at either one you are fine. Cobham services is a service station for both sides and Clacket Lane Service station has a bridge as you walk towards the exit so you can go to other side. It is just easier to get to said service station for your direction as it will mean you are likely to have to get a lift to other service station (e.g. Cobham to Clacket and via versa) so it just means an extra ride but as there close together many are going your way.


Free Train

The train route between London and Brighton is very rarely checked. It is even more rare that it is checked after 9pm at night. There are 2 companies which do this route. Thameslink and Southern. Southern is checked more, Thameslink very rarely. Theoretically you don't need to have a ticket if you travel after 9pm any day.

This info is out of date, in last year they've been checking ticket a lot more on both Southern and Thameslink... edit 2018 : Been taking Thameslink in the last year as well and it still is pretty relaxed with controllers. i.e. controllers don`t live on trains, so they get on and off between them on Thameslink. Basically it's like public transport in cities, you might find them but generally you will be okay, especially in the evening.

You can take a train from Preston Park(no barriers, one station after Brighton station, walkable from the center, takes 25/30 minutes) that stops at either Elephant and Castle(no barriers, south London) or Blackfriars(barriers open in the evening, a bit more central than Elephant, can change here and take a train to elephant if your initial train did't go there directly) or Farringdon(this HAS barriers but from here you can change between national rail and underground and try to get to another station without barriers in other parts of London. There is a lot stuff to know about free transport in London, best bet is to ask your local squatter.)


Hitching is still a great way to travel in this country, but hitching into central London is a pain and quite expensive depending on where you get dropped off. trash:Brighton