Brighton is within easy access of Northern France from the nearby port of Newhaven. It is also only 1.5 – 2 hours by motorway from the major ports of Dover, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Ferry Crossings to Continental Europe
The nearest port to Brighton is Newhaven. Ferries travel from Dieppe and take around 4 hours. The ferries are run by LD Lines.
The quickest way to travel by ferry from Europe is from Calais to Dover. Crossings take between 75 and 105 minutes. Ferries are operated by P&O and run regularly throughout the day and night.
DFDS Seaways also operates out of Dover, running ferries to and from Dunkirk (2 hours each way).
Longer routes from France and Spain, operated by Brittany Ferries, arrive at Portsmouth.
Getting to Brighton from the Ferry Ports
Brighton & Hove is easily accessible by car from Newhaven. Journey time is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Brighton is around 1.5 – 2 hours by motorway from the major ports of Dover, Portsmouth and Southampton.
For foot passengers there are also regular connections to Brighton from the ports via rail.
A guide to rail travel times from the major south coast ports are as follows. Please note; these are only a guide and may vary depending on route and interchange times and can be subject to change. Always check with the rail operator for details.
- Newhaven to Brighton – 30 minutes direct
- Portsmouth to Brighton – 1 hour 20 minutes (direct) to 1 hour 30 minutes (involves one change, usually at Havant)
- Southampton to Brighton – 1 hours 45 minutes direct
- Dover to Brighton – 2.5 to 3 hours (involves changes).
Please note: some ferry companies no longer accept foot passengers so check before booking.