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Eastbourne & Tourist Trail

Brighton to Eastbourne on the Coaster 12 and Tourist Trail 13X

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 to enjoy an evening out. The last bus back isn't until after 11pm all week - giving you plenty of time for whatever you're doing. 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. 

There are plenty of attractions for people of all ages from museums and art galleries to theme parks.  

Stop off at the seaside or simply enjoy the local atmosphere and spend the day wandering around the town.

Smart, stylish, comfortable, eco-friendly double-deck buses. Wide doors with a step-free entrance and a level floor downstairs. They run up to every 10 minutes Mondays to Saturdays, every 15 minutes on Sundays.

The faster 12X buses, which are limited stop between Brighton and Seaford then all stops to Eastbourne, operate every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays.

All buses on the route are fitted with free WiFi.

Between Seaford and Eastbourne the views are spectacular, and there are plenty of things to see and do - meaning you can 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 marvelous café!

Open daily from April until the end of October, 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.

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.

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 Sundays and Public Holidays and every day in the high Summer with a more frequent service on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Additional places of interest served on the 13X route are:

  • 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

 The main Coaster 12 route.

 The Coaster 12A route also serves Chyngton Estate in Seaford, and on Saturdays and Sundays additionally serves Paradise Park instead of Avis Way in Newhaven.

 The Coaster 12X route gives a quicker route operating with Limited Stops every 30 minutes during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays.

 The Tourist Trail 13X route has a more scenic route via Birling Gap and Beachy Head operating with Limited Stops on Sundays and Public Holidays only (every day in the high summer).

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