Coaster 12 Brighton - Eastbourne
One of the most scenic bus routes in all of England
The best way to get between Brighton, Newhaven, Seaford and Eastbourne is the Coaster - whether for work, shopping or an evening in Brighton - the last bus back isn’t until after 11pm all week. It’s also a fantastic way to get out and about in the fresh air and enjoy what is probably the finest coastal scenery in the south east. Whether it’s a gentle stroll or an invigorating walk, there are spectacular views everywhere. And you don’t have to retrace your steps - catch another bus further along! Or just sit upstairs and watch all that magnificent scenery from the comfort of your bus seat.
Smart, stylish, comfortable, eco-friendly double-deck buses run up to every 10 minutes Mondays to Saturdays, every 15 minutes on Sundays. For a faster journey use the 12X buses, which are limited stop between Brighton and Seaford, every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays. New buses on the route are fitted with Free WiFi.
They have wide doors with a stepfree entrance, a level floor downstairs and fabulous views from the big picture windows upstairs. We should all be using our cars less, particularly when there is a good alternative. Add in parking problems and cost, and you can see that going by Coaster makes sense.
Between Seaford and Eastbourne the views are spectacular, and there are plenty of things to see and do to enjoy a great day out in this magnificent corner of Sussex.
Seven Sisters Visitors’ Centre is a good start to finding out about the area. They can advise you of the best walks to suit your interests, ability and how much time to allow. And there’s a marvellous café!
Open daily until the end of October & from April, weekends only November - March
East Dean has a large village green, an ancient church with a Saxon tower, the famous Tiger Inn (described as idyllic by The Observer newspaper) and the Hikers Rest coffee and gift shop. At the top of the hill on the Brighton side of the village is the ancient church of St Mary the Virgin dating from Saxon times.
Tourist Trail 13X Brighton - Eastbourne
This is the tourist trail variation of the Coaster route. It’s quicker, as it only stops at the main points between Brighton and Seaford.
It runs every hour on Sundays and Public Holidays (every day in the high summer).
Additional places of interest served on the 13X route are:
Seven Sisters Sheep Centre nestled in the beautiful South Downs National Park and housed in a classic example of a 17th Century Sussex flint barn, this unique attraction gives you the opportunity to experience a traditional and authentic family run working farm, packed full of quintessential English charm. With the world’s largest private collection of Sheep, visitors get the unique opportunity to meet over 50 different breeds – some closer to extinction than the giant panda!
Birling Gap is a good starting point for some exhilarating clifftop walks. The beach, accessible down some steps, is great for swimming. It also has one of the most magnificent backdrops in England. There’s a pub and café at the top.
Belle Toute was the first lighthouse here, opened in 1834 and in use until 1902. It’s privately owned but well worth the walk up for the all round views.
Beachy Head is famous for its iconic red and white striped lighthouse, in operation since 1902. Discover the history of the downs in the Downland Experience in the Countryside Centre. The Sussex Gallery shows the work of local artists. Countryside Centre open daily until end of October and from April, weekends only November, December and March weather permitting - call 01323 737273 to check, closed January & February.
For full details of times and route click on the route icon below
Buses 12, 12A, 12X, 13X serving Seaford and Eastbourne
Fares to Seaford
From between Brighton and Saltdean is £2.90 Single, £4.70 Return.
From Peacehaven is £2.40 Single, £3.70 Return.
From Newhaven is £2.10 Single, £3.20 Return.
From Eastbourne is £3.10 Single, £5.20 Return.
Fares to Eastbourne
From between Brighton and Peacehaven is £4 Single, £7 Return.
From Newhaven is £3.10 Single, £5.20 Return.
From Seaford is £3.10 Single, £5.20 Return.
Other local fares are available please enquire for details.
For all day travel get a networkSAVER ticket from the driver for £7, this gives you unlimited travel for one day on any Brighton & Hove bus (except route 494). For a better deal you can buy this on your smartphone for only £4.20 download the App here. Or you can go online to smartbuses.co.uk and register for the key card and buy one for £4.20. If you already you have the key you can top up online.