Volks Railway

A girl rides on the Volks Railway

The Volks Railway 2015 season starts on Saturday 28 March 2015. 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.

Train times and station information

The Volks Railway opens every year from Easter to the end of September.

Trains run every day until the end of the season weather permitting. There are also occasionally planned closures due to major events on the seafront, for example the London to Brighton bike ride. These are because of the high numbers of people who use the 12 crossings over the railway tracks to the beach on these days. We'll add details of any closures to this web page.

  • 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.

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

2015 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.

 Other special rates

  • Family Saver Ticket: 2 adults and 2 children (up to age 14) £9.50
  • VERA Members can buy a return ticket for 0.60p on presentation of a valid membership card
  • Discounts for group bookings are available. There must be a minimum of 10 passengers in a group to be eligible for the reduced rates of £2.70 per person for an Adult group return and £1.80 per child for a Child group return
  • 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 an additional charge of £1 per child applies. The talks can be held only once a day from 11.15am to 11.45am. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How old is the railway?
132 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.