Breeze up to the Downs!

The breeze up the down timetable leaflets

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

High Summer 2015 (14 June – 31 August)

Open top buses will work most journeys on the 77 route to Devil’s Dyke. The 77 now runs seven days a week, with buses every 30 minutes until early evening.  With the last bus back from Devil’s Dyke not until 8.35pm there’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy the views on a sultry summer’s evening too!

The 78 to Stanmer Park continues to run seven days a week and the 79 will breeze you up to Ditchling Beacon any Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday throughout the year.

September 2015

Similar to High Summer, except that the 77 is not open top, runs less often and finishes early evening.

Pride weekend bus disruptions

Saturday 1 August:  diversions during Pride Parade

Route 77 Brighton – Devil’s Dyke

During the parade (11am until approximately 1pm), buses will start from Brighton Station. There will be no service from the Pier, Ship Street, Brighton Centre, West Pier, Clarence Square, Churchill Square, Clock Tower or North Road bus stops at these times. Buses from Devil’s Dyke will terminate at Brighton Station during these times.

There will also be an extra journey leaving Devil’s Dyke for Brighton Pier at 9.30am. The 10.15am departure will run as far as Old Steine (alight at Clock Tower if you are heading for the start of the parade).

Routes 78/79 Brighton – Stanmer Park/Ditchling Beacon

During the parade (11am until approximately 1pm), buses to Stanmer Park and Ditchling Beacon will start from Open Market stop Q (Ditchling Road near junction with Union Road, by The Level). Buses from Stanmer Park and Ditchling Beacon will terminate at Open Market during these times. 

There will be no service from Old Steine, North Street, Clock Tower, Brighton Station, North Road, Kensington Gardens, St Peter’s Church, London Road Shops or Oxford Street bus stops at these times.

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 @BrightonHoveBus.

Autumn/Winter 2015

From 1 October 2015 until 16 April 2016

The 77 to Devil’s Dyke and 78 to Stanmer Park will still run seven days a week, with the 79 to Ditchling Beacon running at weekends. The 77, 78 and 79 all run on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and other bank holidays – but not on Christmas Day. The Autumn/Winter timetables will be published early in September.

Fares

  • 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 local.transport@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 292480.

More ideas for walks by bus and train

The Big Lemon Sunday Walks

Useful links