Getting to Chichester

By air, sea, train and car; how to get to and travel around Chichester.


Located on the sunny South Coast of England, Chichester is well connected by road, rail and water routes. The A27 coastal road runs to the south of the city, and mainline train links arrive at the centrally located train station from London Victoria via Gatwick Airport, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Bristol via Bath. Being so close to the coast, Chichester is also well serviced with water routes by the many harbour villages and nearby ferry links at Portsmouth Harbour. The area is well connected with regular bus links, with the railway, coach and bus stations all in the heart of the city centre making Chichester a very accessible place to visit.

Travelling by Car

Chichester is easily reached via the M27 and A27 coastal road which links Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. The A29 and A24 connect London and mid-Sussex to Chichester. There is plenty of parking available within the city centre. With the main car parks, all within an easy walking distance of the city centre, which you can see on this map. Parking for the disabled is free in designated bays and most car parks. On-street city centre parking bays may be used as long as a valid disabled person's badge is correctly displayed.

Travelling by train

Chichester Train Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre, just a short walk from Chichester's shops and attractions, including Chichester Cathedral and Chichester Festival Theatre. Regular services from London Victoria take just 90 minutes to deliver you to Chichester station, with arrivals and departures to Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Bristol via Bath also running frequently. A taxi rank can be found immediately outside the main exit of the station, Chichester bus station is located just a minutes’ walk away for further onward journey options.

Travelling by Bus & Coach

Stagecoach provides regular services in and around Chichester, and you'll find excellent links between Chichester, and the neighbouring villages, towns and cities including direct services to Brighton, Bognor Regis and Portsmouth. Most services run from the centrally located bus station which is just a few minutes walk from the city centre attractions, shops, bars and restaurants. Services and timetables can be found on the Stagecoach website. For destinations further afield, National Express offer a coach service from Bognor Regis to London Victoria bus station via Chichester. Please see their site for more details on services and timetables.

Travelling by Air

Travelling from Gatwick Airport to Chichester. Gatwick Airport is 45 miles northeast of Chichester and travel by car takes approximately 1hr 10 mins. You can also take the train to Gatwick airport direct from Chichester railway station in 1hr 15 mins.
Further information about Gatwick Airport

Travelling from Heathrow Airport to Chichester. Heathrow Airport is 63 miles north of Chichester and travel by car takes approximately 1hr 30 mins. Train services via London stations to Heathrow airport from Chichester are also available. please consult individual timetables.
Further information about Heathrow Airport

Travelling from Southampton Airport to Chichester. Southampton Airport is 35 miles west of Chichester and travel by car takes approximately 40 mins. Train services via Southampton stations to the airport from Chichester are also available. Please consult individual timetables.
Further information about Southampton Airport

Travelling by Water

The nearest Continental Ferry Terminal is in Portsmouth. Portsmouth International port is 18 miles away with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes. Connections from here service Portsmouth to France; Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre and St Malo and Spain; Santander & Bilbao with Brittany Ferries plus, St Peter Port, Guernsey and St Helier, Jersey with Condor Ferries. The Isle of Wight is also accessible from Portsmouth Harbour via car ferry on Wightlink.