East Sussex, United Kingdom
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PlanesGatwick (www.gatwickairport.com) is the best of the region’s airports | 30 miles north of Brighton on the M23; the train takes half an hour from there. Heathrow and Luton are also handy | with fast transport connections.
TrainsBrighton has great national rail links, with direct services to London Victoria, Reading, Bath and Bristol, among others. Elsewhere, East Sussex is not as well served: the journey to Rye via Ashford takes two hours.
AutomobilesBrighton can be reached via the M23 | although parking can be costly and you don’t need a car if you plan to stay anchored in the city. You’ll want one to explore the more rural parts of East Sussex | though.
TaxisHail one of Brighton’s fleet of blue-and-white hackney cabs on the street, go to a rank, or ring Streamline Taxis (+44 (0)1273 202020). In smaller towns, it’s minicabs only; in Rye, try Taxi-Time (+44 (0)1797 224016).