South Downs Way

Travel Information

Detailed Travel Information for the South Downs Way will be supplied in your Information Pack, but the following may help with your planning.

Getting to the start of the walk at Winchester and from the end at Eastbourne you can travel by all forms of public transport, as they are both well linked.

Arriving into England

By Air:
Nearest major International Airport: London Gatwick Airport
Nearest Regional Airport: Southampton (Winchester) and London Gatwick (Eastbourne).

Flybe serve most regional UK airports as well as Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and other European airports. Southampton Airport is adjacent to Southampton Airport Parkway railway station where there are regular services to Winchester (journey time 10 - 20 minutes).

There are also regular services from Southampton Parkway to Eastbourne (journey time approximately 2 hours 45 minutes).

Getting to Winchester

By Rail:
Nearest Railway Station: Winchester
As Winchester is situated on the South West trains network there are regular train services from London Waterloo to Winchester (journey time 1 hour). From Winchester train station it is a 5 minute taxi journey to your accommodation.

By Road:
If you plan to travel by car there is a long stay car park in Winchester. This needs to be pre-booked in advance through the Winchester Parking Office - 01962 848346. National Express coaches also serve Winchester. From London Victoria Coach Station there are five services per day.

There is a car park at Beachy Head where you can buy an annual parking ticket but spaces are limited. Please contact the Parking Info Office on - 08456 801129.

Returning from Eastbourne

By Rail:
Regular train services operate to London Victoria (journey time 1 hour 30 minutes).

By Road:
National Express coach services serve Eastbourne (journey time to London Victoria – 3 hours 20 minutes).

A very good public transport network covers the whole of the South Downs area - you can view this by clicking here.

Train Tickets
Great savings can be made by buying your train tickets in advance through the Trainline website at Although tickets can only be mailed to a UK address, overseas customers can still order tickets in advance and collect them from a Fast Ticket machine in the UK. Fast Ticket machines are located in most mainline railway stations.