Volk's Electric Railway


Aquarium Station & Visitor Centre, Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1EN
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Volks Railway - railway on its way
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  • Volks Railway - little girl driving train
  • Volks Railway - little girl helping driver
  • Volks Railway - little girl at wheel
  • Volks Railway - postcard
  • Volks Railway - at Black Rock station
  • Volks Railway - nearly ready to go
  • Volks Railway - gentleman ready to get on board
  • Volks Railway - waiting halfway
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  • Volks Railway - at Banyo Groyne
  • Volks Railway - all on-board
  • Volks Railway - on our way
  • Volks Railway - going home

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Volk’s Electric Railway is the oldest electric railway in the world. Opened in 1883, it was invented by Brighton-based engineer and inventor, Magnus Volk. The train carriages still run along the seafront today, and give passengers an authentic ride between Aquarium Station (near Brighton Palace Pier) and Black Rock Station (near the Marina). Making it a great way to reach the Brighton Marina for a fun day out.

Aquarium Station is part of the newly-built Visitor Centre. Here you will find more information about the history of the Railway and Magnus Volk, the man who invented it. Take the train to Halfway Station to see the Workshop, where you can see maintenance being carried out on the historic train carriages and find out more about how the Railway runs. Carry on to Black Rock to finish your journey near Brighton Marina.

The railway is now closed for the 2022 season. Thank you to everyone who has visited us this year. It will reopen again Easter 2023.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult return fare£5.60 per ticket
Adult single fare£4.35 per ticket
Child (age 3-14) return fare£3.50 per ticket
Child (age 3-14) single fare£2.70 per ticket
Senior Return£4.35 per ticket
Senior Single£3.05 per ticket
To Half Way Adult Return£4.35 per ticket
To Half Way Adult Single£2.70 per ticket
To Halfway Child Return£2.70 per ticket
To Halfway Child Single£1.85 per ticket

Doggies free.
Children under 3 free



  • Accessible Lift - Madeira Lift near to Half Way Station.
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Wheelchairs must be folded to fit on trains.
  • Disabled Parking - nearby (Madeira Drive).
  • Disabled persons toilet - nearby at each end.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible - provided wheelchair user is able to alight from wheelchair into train carriage and wheelchair is folded


  • Cafe - nearby.
  • Food Shop on site
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area - nearby.
  • Picnic area - nearby.
  • Refreshments Available
  • Take away food - nearby.
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing - Near Half Way Station.
  • Children’s packs
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Beach / Coast within walking distance
  • Beach/Coast 5 min walking distance
  • Beer Garden
  • Dogs admitted on a lead - max 1 per person.
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours - Occasional.
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Toilets - nearby.

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking - Nearby (Madeira Drive}.
  • On site parking close by
  • Parking (charge) - Nearby (Madeira Drive).
  • Railway station within walking distance - Brighton Railway Station - 1 mile.
  • Secure cycle parking

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Special group rates

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre - On the beach, east of Brighton Pier.

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups - Occasional talks for school groups via prior arrangement.
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted - Booking advised.
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Opening Times

2022 (1 May 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
Monday10:30 - 17:15
Tuesday11:30 - 17:15
Wednesday10:30 - 17:15
Thursday11:30 - 17:15
Friday10:30 - 17:15
Saturday - Sunday10:30 - 18:15
Bank Holiday10:30 - 18:15

* Open May to end of September including Bank Holidays.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Visitor Information Point Visitor Information Point 2016
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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