Volks Railway

A girl rides on the Volks Railway

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.

The railway line along Brighton seafront is open to the public every year between Easter and September. Today the railway can carry up to eighty passengers along the beach for one and a quarter miles.

The Volk's Electric Railway Association (VERA) is a group of volunteers who support the railway. We hold volunteering days on Mondays, please contact the Volks Railway office for further information.

Latest service information

This year the railway is selling integrated train and Sand Sculpture tickets from the Aquarium station only. Please see under our price list for details.

Train times and station information

The Volks Railway opens every year from Easter to the end of September. Volks Railway opened for the 2013 season on Friday 29 March and our last day of service for 2013 will be Sunday 29 September.

Trains run every day until the end of the season weather permitting. 

  • Trains start at 10.15am (except on Mondays and Fridays when they start at 11.15am).
  • Trains run every 15 minutes after starting at half past, quarter to, on the hour and quarter past until the last train of the day.
  • The last trains are at 5pm Monday to Friday and at 6pm on weekends and bank holidays.

The train times are the starting times from the end stations, Aquarium Station and Black Rock (Marina) Station. The full train journey from Aquarium Station to Black Rock (Marina) Station takes about 12 minutes in total. Allow 30 minutes for a return journey.

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.

Map showing the Volks Railway stations along the seafront

2013 Volks Railway tickets and fares

Buy tickets at the railway station before departure. If you want to travel in a group of 10 or more people then please contact the Volks Railway office to pre-book. Special group rates are available.


Buy tickets to the Sand Sculpture Theme Park at Aquarium Station

Buy your Sand Sculpture Theme Park ticket at the Volks Railway Aquarium Station and get a single journey from Aquarium station to the theme park at Black Rock at no extra cost!

Please read the terms and conditions below.


Conditions for combined Sand Sculpture and Volks train ride tickets

  • Tickets can only be purchased from the Aquarium Station.                                
  • The ticket must be used on the day of purchase and can only be used once.      
  • Travel is only valid from the Aquarium Station to Black Rock Station.                 
  • Travel is subject to Volks Railway opening times and at the Volks management discretion. 

Other special rates

Family tickets are available for groups of up to 4 people. No more than two people over 16 years of age in the group.

Group rates for advance bookings of 10 people or more will be on request only and be subject to avaliability. Adult group return £2.50 and child group return £1.60. Contact us to make your booking. Find out more information online regarding Volks Railway school bookings.

VERA members can buy a return ticket for 50p.

Planned Service Alterations

The railway is closed every winter for maintenance.

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 unforseeable 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How old is the railway?
129 years old.

Where does it go to?
The railway only has three stops, the Aquarium Station, Paston Place (at Peter Pan's play ground half way along Madeira Drive) and Black Rock Station which is only five minutes walk from Brighton Marina.

The Electrical Contract Engineer carrying out some remedial work during February 2009 on the trains 6 and 10


Contact details

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.