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Brief overview of local bus services

Brighton, Shoreham etc:

The Brighton area has one of the best bus services in the south-east (with almost all local bus services listed in Brighton & Hove Bus Company's Comprehensive timetable 'Bus Times').

The main bus company is the Brighton & Hove Bus Company, which runs frequent bus services to most parts of the city (including 10 minute services towards Lewes and Eastbourne). There is a fairly comprehensive evening & Sunday service, including several night services (mostly running 6 nights a week). Stagecoach runs the 10 minute service 700, towards Worthing, and beyond; and the half-hourly service 17 to Horsham. Compass Bus has taken over a number of supported bus services, within the area. The Big Lemon runs the service 52 and term-time services for Brighton University and City College Brighton & Hove. Metrobus and run services to/from mid Sussex and Crawley/East Grinstead (where services have been greatly enhanced). Brighton & Hove local bus map : : Shoreham/Southwick map

Brighton area Real-time bus information (two information sites):
Brighton & Hove Bus Company Bus Information
OR City Council website


Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford:

In addtion to Brighton & Hove Bus Company's main services, there are a number of less frequent services (mostly run on a tendered basis), run by- Compass Bus and Cuckmere Community bus. Many are detailed in the comprehensive Brighton & Hove Time bus timetable.

Worthing, Lancing, Littlehampton:

Now outside our main area. Most services are run by Stagecoach, based in Worthing- including the service 700 and the 10 minute 'Pulse' service. The former through service 700, from Brighton to Portsmouth has been split into three, to improve reliability. Locally the Brighton-Worthing-Littlehampton/ Arundel service runs every 10 minutes. Changes are required in Littlehampton and Chichester, for those continuing from Brighton to Portsmouth (you masochist!).

While there are many Sunday bus services in the Worthing area; however apart from the service 700, many bus services terminate before 8.30pm, on Monday to Saturday evenings! (although Stagecoach should be praised for improvements to some evening services, including later buses on the 700, on Sunday Evenings.

Compass Bus runs several bus services (including 8/8A, 16 and the new service 7), and Metrobus mostly runs the Worthing-Horsham-Crawley service.

Worthing bus map (April 12). Please note: since this map was produced: the service 7 has been reduced to an hourly service and replaced the service 6.

Real time information is now available in Worthing etc. on
West Sussex's real-time information website.


Mid Sussex (including Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath).

Within our area; both Metrobus and run services in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. For the latest information, it is best to look at both companies websites (or use their contact numbers) to find out the latest bus information, as they have previously updated their services more than usual.

The summer '16 timetable has brought major changes to Metrobus services through mid Sussex. It still runs 2 to 3 buses per hour through mid-Sussex- through Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and Hassocks, to Brighton. Its weekday version of the 40X, the 'official' link between the Princes Royal Hospital (Haywards Heath), and the County Hospital (Brighton), is now called the 271 & 272 (giving a combined hourly service). Also serving Crawley. There is also the hourly 270 to East Grinstead, and irregular service 273 to Crawley. runs two buses an hour through Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and Hassocks, to Brighton- the 40 & 40X. The later continues from the Princess Royal Hopital in Haywards Heath, directly to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, at a similar time to Metrobus services, and can also be free to patients.

Everything changes on Saturdays. The 271 and 272 combine to give a near hourly combined service. This doubles to twice hourly when the 270 is included. For SussexBus, The service 33 & 40 also combine to give a twice hourly service (no service 40X).

On Sundays, the only service to Brighton is the Metrobus 271 (from Crawley), offering a ridiculously infrequent 2 hourly service.

Real time information on Metrobus services in mid Sussex, Crawley etc. can be found on Metrobus real-time information.

Compass Bus also runs the service 100, in Burgess Hill.


Horsham/Crawley/East Grinstead/Gatwick.
While outside our main area, most services are run by Metrobus.


Eastbourne, Hastings, Chichester.
While outside our main area, most services are run by different sections of Stagecoach (also see East & West Sussex websites).

As previously mentioned the former 700 through service, has been split into three:-

Chichester-Portsmouth & Southsea


All areas: Comprehensive Bus/Public Transport Infomation for outside the Brighton conurbation, can be obtained from Traveline on 08712 00 22 33 or


Coach Services: There are regular direct coach services from Brighton to London, Gatwick and Heathrow. There is also a daily direct service from Brighton to Cornwall (starting in Eastbourne), calling at many locations along the south coast! National Express is on 08717 818181 or



Contact details


For Contact details of Brighton Area bus user group press here: 

Bus Companies

Brighton & Hove Bus Co.
43 Conway Street,
Hove, BN3 3LT
Tel: 01273 886200
More Brighton area maps

19-20 Marine Parade
Worthing, BN11 3PT

Tel: 0345 121 190

Big Lemon CIC
Protran House,
Boundary Road,
Brighton, BN2 5TJ
Tel: 01273 681 681

Compass Bus
Faraday Close, Durrington,
Worthing. BN13 3RB
Tel: 01903 690025

Tel: 01293 449191
Tel: 01444 246693


Some other bus numbers:

Community Transport: :
01273 677559

Cuckmere Community Bus: :
01323 870920

Renown Travel: :

01424 210774

Brighton line Commuters

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Brighton & Hove City Council
Lead councillor for Transport on the Environmental Committee
Cllr Gill Mitchell

Public Transport Officer
Richard Johnson
Email: richard.johnson@
Tel: 01273 292480

East Sussex County Council: :
0345 60 80 190
East Sussex transport website

West Sussex County Council:
01243 777100
Available West Sussex Bus Maps


Please note: This information on this website is provided in good faith, and while every effort is made to provide the correct information, Brighton Area Buswatch can not be held responsibe for any errors.