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  • Car hire locations

    There are a range of suppliers in Brighton, and most of them are located in the downtown area.

  • Most popular months

    June - August

  • Point of interest

    Brighton Pavilion

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Hire a car in Brighton

Sometimes traditional and nostalgic, other times progressive and zany, Brighton has many personalities.

This well-known seaside resort is made up of fragments of classic coastal towns, yet there are also flashes of cosmopolitan hubs here too. Because of this, London by the Sea (as it is affectionately known) is probably the most bohemian city in Britain.

Car rental in Brighton – the numbers

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Brighton?
A. Five to six days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Brighton?
A. July.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Brighton?
A. Alamo is the cheapest car rental brand in Brighton, offering cars from just £8 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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Local knowledge

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Driving tips

  • In the UK, flashing your lights to thank another road user, or to signal that you are letting another driver out is considered a polite way to acknowledge them.
  • If you are driving on a British motorway, be aware that the right hand lanes are designed for overtaking only.
  • Roundabouts are common in the UK and around Brighton – make sure you know how they work before you arrive.
  • If you plan to drive in rural areas, be aware of narrow lanes, livestock crossings, limited vision and flooding.
  • Most cars in the UK are manual. If you’re not used to a gear stick, opt to rent an automatic.
  • Driving etiquette in England is highly considerate compared with other countries.


Brighton has been a tourist destination for a long time, and offers the oldest cinema and the oldest aquarium in the country. The pier has also stood for over a century – first opening in 1899. The pier oozes tradition, transporting you back to a different time. Head to the end and admire the view of the coastline.

Parts of Brighton are made up of tiny streets. A colourful maze of sweet shops and chocolatiers; jewellery and record stores; thrift and vintage boutiques make up the shopfronts. A good starting point is The Lanes if you’re hoping to find some of them.

Ice cream parlours, karaoke booths and lively arcades come as standard in Brighton. For a more unusual stay, try an Alice in Wonderland themed guest house or a Star Wars room.

After a weekend of the strange and wonderful, wander along the breezy, 5-mile shingle beach, or take a sunset cruise on the English Channel.

Things to see

Explore Brighton


Friendly village vibes can be found in Kemptown. Sip from ornate china in tearooms, find antique steals at the flea market and admire the sweeping rows of Georgian houses which lace the cliff tops

Royal Pavilion

A slice of decadent India resides in Brighton in the form of the Royal Pavilion. This iconic part of the town’s heritage has an interesting history and extravagant interior. Wander the grounds, or peek inside and find the immense dragon chandelier.

Devil’s Dyke

Devil’s Dyke, a most quintessentially British countryside spot, sits on Brighton’s doorstep. Many interesting legends surround the unusual V-shaped formation, and it is a beautiful place to wander. Who knew you could enjoy the best of both worlds – countryside and beach – when in Brighton?

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Where to road trip

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Picturesque town surrounded by countryside.


Site of the famous 1066 battle site and the ruins of Battle Abbey.


A cathedral city with Roman roots.


Home to the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head – striking chalky headlands.

Places to park

Brighton parking

Parking can be expensive in Brighton, but we’ve picked out some of the best value options for long and short stay requirements.

Short Stay

Brighton Marina
Free for 4 hours

Long Stay

Regency Secure Parking
£13 for 24 hours
£83 per week

London Road Car Park
£15 for 24 hours
£55 per week

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