Photo of EastbourneDistance from the South Downs Way: At the end (or start) of the South Downs Way

We’d suggest finishing the South Downs Way at the Eastbourne end because of the spectacular scenery along the coast, however you can choose to start here and head to Winchester.

A popular holiday resort on the south coast, Eastbourne is situated at the eastern end of the South Downs Way. It’s a very traditional English seaside town, with grand Victorian and Georgian buildings lining the seafront. It’s a great place to take a stroll along the promenade or out along the pier, for some bracing sea air and great views along the coast.

If you’re feeling more energetic, Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters are just a couple of miles along the coast. There are an endless number of things to do in and around Eastbourne, making it a great place for a day trip, weekend away or a longer break.

Getting Here & Home Again

By Train & Bus

Most local bus services in Eastbourne are operated by Stagecoach and run to all parts of Eastbourne as well as the nearby towns of Lewes, Battle and Bexhill. The number 12 bus which connects Eastbourne to Brighton is operated by Brighton & Hove buses. Circular buses also operate within Eastbourne and the number three bus takes visitors to Beachy Head.

Eastbourne’s train station is in the centre of town and is well serviced by Southern trains, providing connections to London Victoria (1 hour 30 mins), as well as Brighton and Hastings and other south coast towns.. The station has a car park and cycle storage facilities.

By Car

From London, Eastbourne can be reached via the M25, A22 and A2270. From Brighton (and the east) and Hastings (and the west), visitors should take the A259, followed by the A2270. There are several pay and display car parks as well as lots of pay and display parking along the sea front. If you head further out towards Beachy Head, on street parking is free of charge.


Eastbourne has all the amenities you would expect from a town of its size, with a large tourist information centre, several banks, post offices and numerous pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets.