Train to Brands Hatch – Nearest Stations & Shuttle Bus

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Getting the train to Brands Hatch

UK race circuits are often away from large cities, so public transport connections can be tricky. However if you want to get the train to Brands Hatch, it can be done. This article shows you how.

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Is there a direct train to Brands Hatch?

Getting the train to Brands Hatch is possible, however there is no train that goes directly to the circuit. The nearest stations listed in the next section are a short drive away from the circuit itself.

What is the nearest train station to Brands Hatch?

Swanley station is the nearest station to Brands Hatch that you should aim to get to if you are travelling to the circuit by public transport.

Swanley is the biggest of the nearby stations as it is an interchange between two different lines. It is likely to have the best onward travel connections of any of the local stations. Plus, on the Sundays of big race events at Brands Hatch, circuit management runs a dedicated public shuttle service from Swanley to the circuit. Read more on this below.

The nearest train station to the circuit geographically is Eynsford station. As the map below shows, Shoreham, Farningham Road, and Longfield are all fairly close as well. 

If you wanted to walk or bicycle the last part of the journey, Eynsford is closest but it would still be an hour walk or a 20 minute bike ride, both over very hilly terrain and neither for the faint (or weak) of heart!

Brands Hatch nearest train stations

Getting the train to Brands Hatch from London

If you are coming from North, South, South-west or West of Brands Hatch via train, chances are your train will change in London.

Once in London, the easiest way to get the train to Brands Hatch is to aim for Swanley Station. London Victoria has direct trains that run to Swanley every 15 – 30 minutes, which take around half an hour.

The image below from Rome2Rio shows some of the train times available for Sunday 8th October, the morning of the BTCC finale at Brands Hatch.

If you are coming from east of the circuit, Maidstone / Canterbury etc, most of those trains will have a direct train to Swanley as well. So it is the best station to aim for.

Gatwick to Brands Hatch

To go from London Gatwick airport to Brands Hatch circuit via public transport the easiest option is to get the Gatwick Express to London Victoria which takes 30 minutes. 

Once there follow the instructions above to get a train from Victoria to Swanley station and then either a taxi or shuttle bus (see below) to the circuit.

If you are driving from Gatwick, it is only around 40 minutes to the circuit entrance via road.

How do I get from the train station to the circuit?

There are a few options on how you get yourself from Swanley station to the Brands Hatch circuit entrance.

The first is a taxi. At Swanley station there is a taxi rank directly outside the station. Turn left when you exit. If there are no taxis in the rank, Google Swanley taxis and you’ll get a number of local firms who you can call.

Alternatively, if there are no taxis in the rank then Uber does seem to operate in this area. The screenshot below shows a number of drivers in the vicinity and only a 7 minute wait to be collected.

swanley station ubers

If you want to take the public bus you need the number 429. This stops at Bus Stops  A or C shown in the map below outside Swanley station and should go right to the circuit, but check with the driver when you get on.

 It only operates Monday – Saturday, however, so not a good option on a Sunday which is most racedays. 

UPDATE: Thanks to Nick in the comments, the 429 bus now only runs 4 times on a Saturday. Here’s the timetable.

Swanley station bus stop map

The final option only applicable to Sundays of a select few headline events at the circuit is the dedicated Brands Hatch shuttle bus. See more info on this below.

Shuttle bus service

In 2022 Brands Hatch introduced a dedicated shuttle bus from Swanley station direct to the circuit. This fills the gap left by the lack of public buses running on a Sunday.

The Brands Hatch shuttle bus only operated on the Sunday of the following major events in 2023:

  • BTCC – both rounds (May and October)
  • GT World Challenge (May)
  • American Speedfest (June)
  • BSB – both rounds (July and October)
  • Truck Racing and Fireworks (November)

It should also be running again in 2024.

The Brands Hatch shuttle bus runs from 8am to 8pm every 30 minutes. Its collection point is on Azalea Drive directly opposite Swanley train station. It drops off / collects right outside the main entrance.

Brands hatch shuttle bus swanley train station pickup map
Brands hatch shuttle bus drop off point map

Return tickets cost £5 for over 13s. Under 13s travel for free. Brands Hatch recommends you buy your shuttle bus tickets in advance. To do this you need to select one of the events during which the shuttle bus is running on the Brands Hatch website. 

Then, click through to book your admission tickets. If you already have these, skip through to Stage 4 of the booking process and at the bottom of the page you can add your shuttle bus tickets for those over 13 years old.

Brands hatch shuttle bus ticket purchase

See this link for more info on the shuttle bus service.

Driving to the circuit

If you’ve given up on public transport and decided instead to drive to the circuit, check out our article on Brands Hatch parking info.

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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nick

good information, thank you.
update on 429 bus: like so many suburban and rural routes, this has suffered further cuts, now only 4 return trips on a saturday (see https://www.go-coach.co.uk/bus-routes/429).
the walk from eynsford station is actually very pleasant and easy to follow on the ground. it is also, as alex says, pretty hilly!

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