Breeze up to the Downs!

Devil's Dyke

Breeze up to the Downs is a network of three bus services linking the city with some of its most popular countryside destinations, within the South Downs National Park.

These services are provided by a partnership between Brighton & Hove City Council, The National Trust and the South Downs National Park Authority. The buses to Devil's Dyke and Stanmer Park run seven days a week and the Ditchling Beacon buses run at weekends.

Breeze timetables and travel guides

Summer 2015

September 2015

Apple Day in Stanmer Park on Sunday 27 September:  The 78 bus will run every 30 minutes for Apple Day.  Buses will leave from Old Steine on the hour and half past, from 09.30 until 17.30, returning from Stanmer Park every 30 minutes from 10.03 until 18.03.  The bus stop at Stanmer Village will be suspended and a special bus stop and turning area will be created to the south of Stanmer House.

Disruption information

Service 78

From 14 September, the Monday to Friday 08.20 journey from Old Steine will be leaving at 08.12 and running 8 minutes earlier between Old Steine and Brighton Station. Times from Brighton Station – and from all other points along the route to Stanmer Park - will remain the same as now.

Brighton Station Bus Stops for the 78 & 79

Services 78 and 79 to Stanmer Park and Ditchling Beacon now leave from stop D, which is in Queens Road just south of the main station exit - just beyond the Ibis Hotel.

To check how the buses are running, please go to the Brighton & Hove Buses website or phone 01273 886200 or follow on Twitter at .

Autumn/Winter 2015-16

From 28 September until 23 April 2016

The 77 to Devil’s Dyke and 78 to Stanmer Park will continue to run seven days a week, whilst the 79 to Ditchling Beacon will continue to run every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday.  All three buses will be low-floor, easy-access double-deckers.  On the 78 and 79 routes the buses also have space for up to two bikes.  Please follow the links above for full information on each of the three bus services.

Christmas and New Year:  From Thursday 24 December through Friday 1 January (except 25 December) the weekend timetable will apply every day on the 77 to Devil’s Dyke and 78 to Stanmer Park.  The 79 will run on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays only, as usual.  There is no service on any route on 25 December.


  • Service 77 to Devil’s Dyke: £2.90 single, £4.50 Return
  • Service 78 to Stanmer Park: £2.40 single and £4.50 Return
  • Service 79 to Ditchling Beacon: £2.90 single, £4.50  Return
  • Return tickets can be used to return from Devil's Dyke, Stanmer Park or Ditchling Beacon: so they are ideal for walkers too!
  • Special return fare of £2.90 on Service 79 to Ditchling Beacon from any bus stop on Ditchling Road.
  • Bus Pass holders travel free.
  • Up to two children per adult travel free.
  • Discovery Tickets offer one day’s unlimited bus travel in Sussex, Surrey and East Hampshire.  Issued and accepted by all bus companies:  just buy on board the first bus you catch!  Family (5 people, max 2 adults) £16, Adult £8.50, Child £7.
  • All SAVER tickets are accepted. You can also buy City SAVER (£4.70) and Network SAVER (£7) on board the bus.

Train special offer

To encourage people from further afield not to drive to the area, people arriving by train can buy two single or return journeys for the price of one.  If  you're travelling on your own you can get a third off the bus fare. Just show your rail tickets to the bus driver to take advantage of this great offer.

Please note your train tickets must be valid for travel to Brighton or Hove. This special offer does not apply to bus "Discovery" tickets. 

Visiting the South Downs

The South Downs National Park has produced a variety of publications that offer information on walks and cycle rides, places to visit and eat, and upcoming events. Check the South Downs National Park website for more information.

Please contact us if you would like us to send you a set of these leaflets at or phone 01273 292480.

More ideas for walks by bus and train

The Big Lemon Sunday Walks

Useful links