Directions to Eastbourne by Car, Train, Boat, Air, Channel Tunnel, Train Times, Nation Rail Schedules, Local Airports and a Map...

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Situated on the South East coast of England is the sunny town of Eastbourne in East Sussex. Within easy reach of the M25, the town is a one-hour drive from Gatwick Airport and less than two hours away from Heathrow airport.

Directions to Eastbourne, by Car (Roads and the motorway instructions)
To find Eastbourne by road:  If you are driving down from the North, London, or M25, then leave the M25 on the M23 junction (signed for Gatwick and Brighton) and follow the M23. Follow the M23  (turns into A23) until you reach the the A27 junction, just before you reach Brighton. Then follow the A27 and signs heading east, until you reach Eastbourne.

From the West, or the South Coat, you can approach Eastbourne from the M27 (turns into the A27).  From Kent, it depends where you start from.  From North Kent you could travel via the M25 / M23, or from South Kent you could follow the A21 until Battle, then cut across to Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne.

Directions to Eastbourne by Rail / Train:
From London, there are direct trains to Eastbourne from Victoria station and London Bridge station. You might also catch the next fast train to East Croydon and change there. There are also direct trains from Brighton, Hastings and Ashford.


Directions to Eastbourne by air:
The nearest main airport is Gatwick airport. Direct trains run from Gatwick, or a car can be hired at this airport. It is a 45 mile or 1 hour car journey from Gatwick to Eastbourne. Trains also run from Gatwick to Eastbourne if you wish to travel by rail.

Unless you fly to Gatwick airport, it makes little difference whether you land at Heathrow airport, London City airport, Stanstead airport or Luton.  In each case, you can catch a train to the centre of London and then another train to Eastbourne, or hire a car.

Directions to Eastbourne via the Channel Tunnel
Channel Tunnel by Car:
When you leave the tunnel terminal you will join the M20 towards London. Leave the M20 at Ashford and take the A 2070 towards Rye, and from there take the A259 to Eastbourne.

Channel Tunnel by Foot:
If you get off the train at Ashford in Kent, you will find direct trains to Eastbourne, but it may be quicker to catch the next train to Hastings and from there, the next train to Eastbourne.  If you leave the train at Kings Cross / St Pancras, you can get the tube to either London Victoria train station or London Bridge station.

Directions to Eastbourne By Boat
The nearest port is Newhaven, which has two daily sailings from Dieppe. Newhaven is a 20 minute drive from Eastbourne, following A259.

If you catch a ferry to Dover or Folkestone, take the M20 to Ashford, then take the A 2070 towards Rye, then from there the A259 to Eastbourne.  From Portsmouth, take follow the A27 towards Eastbourne.

Plan your route to Eastbourne - Destinations by Distance
Eastbourne to Newhaven 13 miles
Eastbourne to Lewes 17 miles
Eastbourne to Brighton 22 miles
Eastbourne to London 63 miles
Eastbourne to the M25 42 miles
Eastbourne to Gatwick Airport 41 miles
Eastbourne to Ashford International 46 miles
Eastbourne to Dover 63 miles