Posted 26 April 2019 by Andrew Gardner
Sussex is easily accessible by public transport. It has good rail connections, with fast trains from London, links to Eurostar and long-distance trains through Reading and Gatwick, plus local South Coast trains. Why not choose one of our gorgeous self-catering cottages or apartments in towns with mainline stations, such as Chichester, Lewes, Arundel or Hastings, or one of our cosy cottages near smaller stations, or plan your holiday around bus routes? Here are three handy buses to get you started.
Three Bridges-Tunbridge Wells Route 291 This Sussex bus route takes in small towns, pretty villages and glorious Ashdown Forest scenery. Hop off the train at Three Bridges, hop on the bus and start unwinding. After the market town of East Grinstead it heads out over the forest, and first-time visitors may be surprised by the panoramic views and wide open spaces – this is one of Southeast England's high points. Forest Row, Coleman's Hatch and Hartfield are perfect bases for a country ramble, or head to chic Tunbridge Wells for a spot of shopping. Great walk: visit the Poohsticks Bridge on a pretty circular stroll from Hartfield.
Three Bridges-Brighton Route 271 This route goes via Handcross and Nymans Gardens before heading across country to the pretty, historic village of Cuckfield, with its independent shops and local history to explore. Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill have all the shops and markets you'll need to fill your self-catering larder, then it heads over the South Downs to Brighton via Hassocks, Clayton (for the Jack and Jill Windmills and South Downs Way), Pyecombe and Patcham – delightful Sussex villages with ample scope for walking, cycling, picnics or just relaxing in your peaceful holiday cottage. Great walk: from Pyecombe, walk to the Devil's Dyke; then catch the 77 bus to Brighton.
Three Bridges-Brighton Route 273 Heading out through the intriguingly named Pease Pottage, you'll reach Sayers Common and Albourne, for the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead. Rural scenery and picturesque villages such as Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks and Pyecombe see you through the Downs before the terminus at Brighton's Old Steine, an ideal jumping-off point to explore the historic Lanes or head to the beach and Brighton Pier. Great walk: from Pyecombe an 8.5mile hike takes you to the A27 east of Falmer; then catch a 28 or 29 bus towards Brighton.