Balcombe is in an excellent location for travelling.
  • Within 5 miles of the M23, with access to the M25 and the rest of the UK motorway network.

  • Within 10 miles of Gatwick airport, the second largest UK airport.

  • Brighton, 20 miles; Croydon 25 miles (park at IKEA and take tram into centre); BlueWater 30 miles.

  • About an hour to the Channel Tunnel, via the M23, M25, M20.

  • About 90 minutes to the ferry terminal at Dover.

  • Balcombe station, a short walk from anywhere in the main village, with trains to London, the south coast, Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport and beyond. You can even take a train to Waterloo (mainline or East, just one change)  and catch the Eurostar to Paris, Lille, Brussles, EuroDisney, and so on.

However, not much of a local bus service! And we no longer have a petrol station or garage. Despite this excellent location, you really do need your own transport especially for getting about locally; although with Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose providing a home delivery service for £5, you don’t need to battle through the aisles of a supermarket for your routine shopping needs.

The Royal Mail Post Bus, route 351. You’ll need to check out the route and times on the web site (click the logo), or at the Balcombe Post Office, as they are not straightforward. There are two runs; the1st on Monday to Saturday and the  2nd on Monday to Friday. It starts and finishes at the Haywards Heath Delivery Office, which is near the railway station.

Handcross District
Community Bus

16 seater bus (incl. wheelchairs) can be hired from Handcross Hardware & Craft, Dudley House, High Street, Handcorss, RH17 6BL Tel: 01444 400 212

£2 per mile (£3 after midnight), min charge £25, waiting time for driver £3 per hour.

Concessions for local charitable organisations.

Click here for leaflet.


Gary Kingsland (Balcombe)

Operates from 6pm to midnight, 4am to 8am (to the airport), and weekends.

Tel: 07931 904361

Alpha Cars (to Gatwick)

Tel: 01293 400 600

Station Taxis (Haywards Heath)

Tel: 01444 410410

RH10 Cars

Private hire service for short and long distance journeys, 24/7.
Tel: 01342 714165
email: RH10 Cars

Trains run from Brighton via East Croydon, to Victoria, Watford Junction or St Pancras International. Take the Watford train (you might have to change @Clapham Junction) and get off @West Brompton for Earl’s Court (quiet back entrance!) or Kensington Olympia for Olympia. This is far easier than going via Victoria and the Underground District Line, and it’s also cheaper!

Run by Southern railway. Frequent and fast trains from Brighton to Gatwick Airport to Victoria. Trains run Monday to Sunday from Gatwick Airport from 05:20, 05:50, and then every 15 minutes until 00:50 and 01:35. It costs a bit more than the other operators, but if you can get a lift to and from the station, it’s an incredibly convenient service. Excellent for those late night celebrations in town! It’s generally not worth catching a train at Balcombe, only to switch to this service at Gatwick.  Oh and don’t bother parking at the airport, it’s very expensive!

Trains start from Brighton, stopping @Gatwick, Guildford, Reading, Oxford, and amongst others: Coventry, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Crewe, Chester, Manchester, Liverpool.

Trains run from Waterloo International (either change at Clapham Junction for Waterloo mainline, or London Bridge for Waterloo East), although you can pick them up at Ashford International (about an hour by motorway), where you can park for £8.50 (open air) or £11 (Multi-storey) per day. Trains go to Lille, Calias Frethun, Avignon, Brussels, Paris, Disneyland Resort (Paris), Bourge St. Maurice, Moutiers Salins B,

Eurotunnel provides a frequent vehicle shuttle service between Folkestone and Calias/Coquelles. It’s probably the easiest method of taking your car across the channel, but the ferry is more relaxing, given fine weather! Check out their special deals for afternoon trips. Despite the weakening of the £ versus the Euro, you can still easily save more than enough cash to cover the cost of the journey. Cite Europe is the primary destination for day trippers, with Tesco Vin Plus and Carrefour being the favourite shops. But check out Sainsbury’s, as I’ve found they’re often cheaper!

This site shows all P&O ferry routes


# Guest 2013-04-03 18:20
The Handcross Community Bus serves Balcombe twice a week! On Mondays it goes to Horsham leaving the stop by the Half Moon at 0855, Newlands at 0857 and the Surgery at 0900. Arrives Horsham 0938 and leaves again 1145, returning to Balcombe at about 1220.

On Thursday afternoon it follows a similar process round Balcombe between 2.12 and 2.18 enroute to Burgess Hill. Arrives at Tesco BH at 2.55 and the town centre at 3.00. Leaves again at 4.45/4.55 returns to Balcombe around 5.30.

Concessionary Travel (bus) passes accepted. Single fare £3 or £1.25 for children.

More details from 01444 400212.
# MICHELE TRACY 2014-05-24 05:59
I believe that the procedure for Senior Railcards has changed.
Mine expires on 24th June.
Previously I have contacted the clerk to the parish council.

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