Getting around Brighton is generally pretty easy, there are great bus links around the city and further afield, as well as plenty of cabs and a central train station. As much as possible for a city built on a set of large, rolling hills, there is plenty of encouragement for people to cycling, with a pretty comprehensive cycle lane network in the busier parts of the city.
First things first, there is a brilliant cycling lane that runs the entire length of Brighton & Hove seafront and beyond - you can cycle out under the cliffs to Rottingdean and further if it takes your fancy.
Once you get into the city, the cycle lanes are there, but they're a little eclectic - some of them are brilliant, some of them seem to start in the middle of the road and end in the middle of the road. Some key highlights are the full cycle route from the station to the beach, which makes travelling down for the day with a bike really easy. Also, the express cycle lane that runs up from the seafront through Grand Avenue in Hove, along Old Shoreham Road and to Seven Dials is brilliant.
If you want to see what we mean about the otherwise a bit random spattering of cycle lanes - you can see this map here. Untick "All Cycle Routes" in the layers menu to make it less messy and zoom in a bit (it doesn't make any sense otherwise - we didn't make it! It's a great resource once you've played with it a bit). A particular favourite for bizarre cycle lanes for us is the 4 short, parallel cycle lane roads connecting Sussex Street and Richmond Street, but none on Sussex Street or Richmond Street themselves. They aren't busy roads and they're really steep, so chances are they're not popular for cyclists either!
Despite this, Brighton is constantly updating and improving it's network for cyclists and has a lot of avid cycling groups, as well as being the end point for many cycling races, so you'll be in good company whilst getting used to the system!
Generally traffic around Brighton is OK - with a couple of exceptions for a few reasons. The Old Steine, from near the Pier, up to the London Road gets really busy at peak times and is a bit of a maze at the best of times, as there are lots of confusing intersections and cars are not allowed down a few of the roads leading into the centre (North St being the main one).
Getting in and out of the city at peak times (sunny weekends and rush hours) is, to be honest, horrible. Mostly it's the A23 that everyone has to come in and leave by. You can go out of the way a bit and come in via the A27 a bit further west, but you'll have to navigate back towards the centre once you're in.
What's worse than the traffic is the road layout - pedestrianised or just plain car unfriendly systems exist in two places - around the North Laine area (often the roads are just closed to cars) and around The Lanes near the seafront, where the streets are a combination of narrow, winding and one-way.
One way systems are a bit too popular in Brighton, as are speed bumps. Traffic isn't always bad, but navigating can be a real pain if you're not used to it.
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Driving isn't great to start with in Brighton, but parking is worse - there is a Park & Ride, which is free, but isn't available overnight, at Withdean Sports Complex and costs £5 for a day bus ticket.
If you do decide to brave the parking, or you're staying for longer, or moving here, you've got a few options, listed below. There is very little free on-street parking in Brighton now - with most places requiring a permit or a pay and display (and it is not cheap). There are several good sized car parks which usually have a couple of spaces free between them, but be prepared with a backup car park when you're making a plan! Especially if you're coming down for the weekend, or driving at a busy time. Aim to be at the car park before midday! There are expanded car parks along the seafront now, but they cost £10 for 4 hours at last check, or £15 for the day.
Brighton is infamous for it's incredibly busy traffic warden teams, so you're almost guaranteed to get a ticket if you break the rules, or sometimes just clamped or towed straight off. Not worth risking!
If you're becoming a resident, permit parking is spreading slowly but surely outwards from the city, which means you'll probably need one, or will need one in the coming years, so we've put the link to the info below.
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