Getting to Varndean

Getting to Varndean College is very easy. If you live in Brighton or Hove, you can catch the 5B bus right to the main entrance. Many of our students, however, come to Varndean College from significant distances away, but this is easily manageable due to the large range of bus and rail routes available.


The far easiest way is to take the bus. You can either take one of the direct bus services or alternatively most other bus routes will take you into Brighton town centre where you would then change onto the 5B service from there

FROM HOVE/HANGLETON (5B) A frequent service running approximately every 10 minutes from Hangleton, through Hove and Brighton and directly to Surrenden Road where it stops right outside the College.

FROM MILE OAK (55) Runs from Mile Oak and Hangleton via Brighton town centre to Hollingbury. It too stops outside the College. However, this bus service only departs Mile Oak between 6.40am - 7.36am. There is also only one return service leaving the College at 4.28pm to Churchill Square only, where you would then have to change service.

FROM SOUTHWICK (46) Runs from Southwick, via Portslade, Hove and Brighton town centre to Ditchling Road. 26Starts from Churchill Square and then operates the same way as the 46 to Ditchling Road.

FROM KEMP TOWN AND QUEENS PARK (94) School bus service operating in early morning and in afternoon only between Queens Park district and Dorothy Stringer School (Loder Road). Or alternatively take a bus into Brighton town centre and change.

FROM NEWHAVEN (12/12A/12X) Run via Peacehaven, Saltdean and Rottingdean into central Brighton. These are not direct services so you would then need to change onto the 5B bus from the town centre.


The closest station to the College is Preston Park, which is approximately a 15 minute walk from the College. There are various services stopping at this station, some of which are direct services.

FROM THE WEST From Worthing, there is an hourly direct service to Preston Park via Lancing, Shoreham, Portslade and Hove with the journey time from Worthing taking only 20 minutes. There are many additional services via changing at Brighton Station.

FROM THE NORTH From Haywards Heath, there are direct trains calling at Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill and Hassocks. The journey time from Haywards Heath is approximately 16 minutes.

FROM THE EAST From Lewes, there are trains stopping at London Road station. London Road station is close to bus services to the college, or a 15 minute walk should you prefer.

Please check the following websites for exact times and further information: