The Volks Railway was the first public electric railway in the world. It was opened on 4 August 1883 by Magnus Volk. Find out more about the history of the railway.
Today the railway can carry up to eighty passengers along the beach for one mile.
Railway and station information
The Volks Railway is scheduled to reopen on Good Friday, 25 March 2016 until 4 September 2016.
During the season trains will run every day, weather permitting. There are also occasionally planned closures due to major events on the seafront, for example the London to Brighton bike ride. These closures happen because of the high numbers of people using the 13 crossings over the railway tracks to the beach on these days. We add details of any closures to this web page.
The full train journey from Aquarium Station to Black Rock (Marina) Station usually takes about 12 minutes. Allow 30 minutes for a return journey.
Accessibility for passengers with a disability
The stations are all accessible by wheelchair. Wheelchairs must be folded to fit on the trains.
Public toilets with disabled facilities are at each station. There are also toilets in the children's playground at Paston Place, by Halfway Station.
Coach and car parking spaces are available near the Black Rock (Marina) Station along Madeira Drive.
Tickets and fares
Buy your tickets at the railway station before departure. Children under 5 years old can travel for free on the Volks Railway.
Aquarium Station to Black Rock Station (either direction)
- Adult: £2.90
- Child (5 to 14 years): £1.80
- Senior (over 60 years): £2.20
- Family (2 adults and 2 children): £7.30
- Adult: £3.80
- Child (5 to 14 years): £2.30
- Senior (over 60 years): £2.90
- Family (2 adults and 2 children): £9.70
Aquarium Station or Black Rock Station to Halfway Station (either direction)
Due to ongoing building work and refurbishment of Grace’s Café, the Halfway Station is presently closed.
- Adult: £1.80
- Child (5 to 14 years): £1.20
- VERA (Volk's Electric Railway Association) members can buy a return ticket for 60p on presentation of a valid membership card
- There are discounts for group bookings for 10 passengers or more.
- School visits are welcomed. An educational talk about Magnus Volk and his railway can be arranged for visiting school children. Pre-booking is essential and a small additional charge for each child applies. Please call the railway for more information on 01273 292718.
Changes to service times & temporary closure information
As per Section I (Timetables and Train Services) of the Heritage Railway Association guidelines, the railway does occasionally close at very short notice due to unforeseeable circumstances and during severe weather. Whilst we do make every effort to avoid such closures and to advertise them as widely as possible, such difficulties are a part of running such a historic railway along a very busy seafront. If you are in doubt, please don't hesitate to contact the railway.
Changes to service times and temporary closures will be advertised at the Blackrock (Marina) and Aquarium stations, if and when they arise. Information about the current service can also be obtained by calling the railway office on 01273 292718.
- Brighton Marathon: Sunday 17 April 2016
- Children's Parade: Saturday 7 May 2016 until 2pm
- Speed Trials: Saturday 3 September 2016
For more information, please telephone us on 01273 292718
You can visit our volunteers' association, Volk's Electric Railway Association (VERA). We hold volunteering days on Mondays, please contact the office for further information.