Bus services paid for by the council

Brighton & Hove City Council plans and funds a number of bus services. We pay for some complete routes and a number of weekend and school services. As these services are not profitable, they would not run without council funding.

You can use Brighton & Hove Buses’ keycards and M-tickets on Compass and Big Lemon buses in the city.

The Big Lemon 

Om Shanti, The Big LemonThe Big Lemon now operate six local bus services in the Brighton area. 

The Big Lemon launched the UK’s first solar-powered electric bus in 2017 and they are now converting the entire bus fleet to electric.  Electricity to power the buses is provided by solar panels on the roof of the bus depot.

They run the following services for Brighton & Hove City Council:

  • Route 16: operates Monday to Saturday between Portslade, Knoll Estate and Hangleton, via Hangleton Valley Drive.
  • Route 47: operates Mondays – Saturdays (except Bank Holidays) between Brighton Station, Kemptown, County Hospital, Brighton Marina, Rottingdean and Saltdean. Alternate journeys during off-peak hours run the 57 route, serving Ovingdean.
  • Route 52: operates Monday to Saturday between Woodingdean and the Royal Sussex County Hospital via Ovingdean and Brighton Marina. In the morning and evening peak route 52 also serves Old Steine and Brighton Station.
  • Route 56: operates Mondays – Saturdays (except Bank Holidays) between Knoll Estate, Seven Dials, Churchill Square, Old Steine, London Road Shops, Fiveways, Hollingbury and Patcham.
  • Route 57: operates Mondays – Saturdays every two hours between Brighton Station, Kemptown, County Hospital, Brighton Marina, Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Saltdean.
  • Route 57 Sunday service: operates hourly on Sundays and Bank Holidays between Brighton Station, Kemptown, County Hospital, Brighton Marina, Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Saltdean.
  • Route 66: operates Monday to Saturday between Portslade, Knoll Estate and Hangleton, via West Hove Sainsburys.
  • The Big Lemon also run the 06.00 journey from Whitehawk to Brighton Station on Saturdays on service 21A.

Compass Buses

Compass bus

Compass Travel run the 37 and 37B bus routes, which link Meadowview and Bristol Estate with the city centre. The 37B also serves Hanover and Queens Park. 

There’s now an improved evening bus service on route 37 with a bus every 40 minutes all evening (Mon-Sat) from both Meadowview and Bristol Estate. The Sunday evening service continues to operate every 75 minutes.

These routes together provide two buses an hour across the city, with an additional short service giving three buses an hour from Meadowview for much of the day. The service operates seven days a week; on Sundays and Public Holidays the buses run as route 37 providing an hourly service during the day.

From Autumn 2018 four brand new buses will provide a high standard of service on this route.  The buses will have their own distinctive route branding and will be fitted with WiFi, USB sockets and ‘next stop’ announcements. All will be fitted with the latest Euro 6 low emission engines which meet all clean air requirements.

See full details of the 37 buses timetable

Brighton & Hove Buses

We fund these routes: Brighton & Hove Buses

72, 74,75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 91, 95, 95A.

On services 21/21A, the council funds the Goldstone Valley-King George VI Drive section, the Wilson Avenue/Whitehawk section after 8pm and the 6am journey from Whitehawk on Saturdays.

You can find details of services and timetables on Brighton & Hove Buses website

We also fund services 77,78 & 79 with the National Trust. Together with the South Downs National Park Authority we form the award winning ‘Breeze up to the Downs’ partnership, whose mission is to improve access by bus to popular downland destinations. Brighton & Hove buses now run most of the summer service on route 77 commercially. The Breeze partnership was awarded in the 2009 UK Bus Awards.

Get in touch

We want to be sure that your services are run to a high standard and meet your needs. If you have any complaints or problems with a bus service (including reliability, bus stops and timetables) we want to hear from you so that we can put things right! But we’d also like to hear your suggestions for improving your bus services.

Please use the Contact this Service button, or if you would like to get in touch with one of the bus operators to make comments, complaints or suggestions, here are their details:

The Big Lemon

Email: lemonbus@thebiglemon.com

Phone: 01273 681681


Compass buses

Email: office@compass-travel.co.uk

Phone: 01903 690025


Brighton & Hove buses

Email: info@buses.co.uk

Phone: 01273 886200