Drink OR Drive

Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is illegal - plan your journey using alternative transport

Drink drive posterOver the last five years alcohol related collisions in Sussex have cost society £197,770,000. Almost one fifth of fatal collisions in Sussex were alcohol related. These figures are far too high.

Anti drink-drive operations happen throughout the year. Police can also breathalyse any drivers they have stopped if they suspect they have been drinking.  They can also test at the roadside for drug use.

To be absolutely sure the safe limit for driving is no alcohol whatsoever. Even small amounts of alcohol can impair driving ability even if you're still under the drink drive limit.  It is now also recognised that drug use can significantly affect your ability to drive safely -  the risks and penalties are the same.  Don't drive impaired by drugs or alcohol - or take a lift as a passenger from an impaired driver.

Useful links

  • pavilions.org.uk - Drug & Alcohol support, advice and information for over 18's in Brighton & Hove
  • Journey on which has a journey planning feature covering the whole city. Use JourneyOn to plan your journey home before you go out.
  • Traveline South East has journey planner for south east region.
  • ru-ok local drug/alcohol awareness support agency for under 18's and their carers in Brighton & Hove
  • YMCA Safe Space - St Paul's Church West St - open Friday.Saturday 11pm - 3:30pm

Plan B - getting home at night

Plan B is a card that fits in your wallet with all the night time travel information for nights out in Brighton & Hove. Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and the council want to make everyone aware of the night bus, train and taxi services in the city and surrounding areas. The cards are updated with timetable changes twice a year and are available at venues throughout the city. If anyone finds themselves in a situation where they don’t feel comfortable getting into a vehicle with a driver, we want people to have a ‘Plan B’ for getting home at their fingertips, regardless of how much battery, data allowance or credit they have left on their phones. There are also details of city drug and alcohol services, how to report a suspected drink-driver and links to wider night time travel options across the south east.

Bus timetable changes

Winter 2018..

Download  the new timetables:

Night buses – All night every night  

From the Clock Tower Stop N or L (by Boots/The Quadrant pub)

  • N7 to County Hospital, Marina – From 12.35am, every 30 mins until -3.35am, 4.35am, 5am  (3.05am to Whitehawk)  (Mon-Sat)  12.35am hourly  - 4.35am, 5am (Sun & B/H)
  • N7 to Hove Station, George St – From 12.38am, 1.08am every 30 mins until 5.08am (hourly Sunday & B/H)

From Old Steine stop F

  • N25 to Lewes Road, Universities - From 12.21am, every 10mins Mon - Sat term time, every 30 mins Sun & non term time

Nightclub buses - Monday to Saturday nights only

From Churchill Square

  • N1 - To County Hospital and Whitehawk - From stop H - At 1.04am, every 30 mins, 4.09am and 5.09am  (Sun 1.34am, 3.04am)
  • N1 - To Mile Oak, Downs Park and Portslade Station - From stop C - At 12.44am every 30 mins, 3.14am and 4.14am (Sun 12.44am, 1.44am, 2.44am only)
  • N5 - To Hove and Hangleton - From stop B - At 1.20am, 2.10am, 3.10am.
  • N5 - To Patcham and Hollingbury -  From stop F -  1.15am, 2.05am.
  • N8 (Fri-Sat only) - To Henfield/Cowfold/Southwater/Horsham - From stop F - 12.57am, 03.20am
  • N12 (Thurs, Fri, Sat only) - To Saltdean, Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford - From stop E - At 1.35am
  • N12 (Thurs, Fri, Sat only) - To Saltdean, Peacehaven, Newhaven, Seaford and Eastbourne - stop E - From stop E - At 3.25am
  • N14 - To Satldean/North Peacehaven/ Newhaven -stop E 12.55am, 2.05am
  • N14 - To Saltdean, Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford - From stop E - At 3.25am
  • N29 (Saturday night only) - To Lewes, Ringmer and Uckfield - From stop G - At 1.44am
  • N700 (Thursday to Saturday night only) - To Shoreham, Worthing, Durrington - From stop D - At 12.38am, 1.38am, 2.38am and 3.38am


Last trains from Brighton to:  (Check www.nationalrail.co.uk for engineering works)

  • Haywards Heath and London: 12.04am,then 4:12am (Monday-Saturday), 04:33am  (Sunday)
  • Preston Park, Hassocks, Burgess Hill, Wivelsfield 0.04am, then 5.06am (Monday-Saturday), 5:42am (Sunday)
  • Shoreham and Worthing: 12.04am (Monday - Saturday), 12:10am (Sunday, change at Hove)
  • Falmer, Lewes 11:41pm (Monday-Saturday),11:35pm (Sunday)
  • Newhaven and Seaford: 11:41pm every night apart from (Sunday 11.47pm)
  • Polegate and Eastbourne: 11.32pm (Monday - Saturday), 11:35 (Sunday - change at Lewes)

Taxi companies

  • Brighton & Hove Streamline 01273 202020 or 747474
  • Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs 01273 204060 or 414141
  • City Cabs 01273 205205