What you should know before hiring a car in Brighton
|Brighton city centre|
|Brighton Airport (BSH): 1 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Brighton: practical information
Where to rent a car in Brighton
Being so close to London, the best way to reach Brighton is via flights to London Gatwick Airport. From there, Brighton it's less than a 45 minute drive away with a low cost car hire London airport. There are a number of car rental companies located at Gatwick. Pick up your rent car from Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, Enterprise, Dollar or Thrifty.
For a rental from the city try Europcar, National Car and Alamo, which are located near Churchill Square. If you need a car hire Brighton train station, choose from City Car Clubs, Thrifty Car Hire or WhipCar.
Driving in Brighton: parking and other tips
Parking in Brighton doesn't come cheap. Expect to dish out around £25/24 hour period in the central zone of the city. Looking for free parking? Waitrose at Hampton Place has an open lot that you can use during the day. If you're going to park at a meter, expect £1.50/hour. This definitely adds up quick if you've come to shop while on holidays in Brighton!
Search for something close to your accommodations or, better still, book hotels in Brighton that offer parking to their guests. It's a good idea to call ahead to tell the hotel that you'll need a spot reserved for you if you plan to have a cheap rent a car in Brighton for your entire trip.
Road trips from Brighton: what to do, what to see
Worthing is the largest town in West Sussex and is absolutely charming. It's 11 miles from Brighton, just along the coast. It's worth going to the cinema here at the Dome Theatre, one of the oldest cinemas in Britain.
Glyndebourne Opera House
The Glyndebourne Opera House is located 11 miles from Brighton and remains today one of the most famous opera houses in the entire world. If you're lucky enough, grab tickets to the show and enjoy a picnic lunch in the incredible grounds beforehand.
In 5 hours you can already be in France! Catch a ferry from Brighton and head to Dieppe. It costs as little as £15 return per passenger. Look out for Transmarche Ferries at the harbour, there are three crossings daily.