Brighton beats Bournemouth in train ticket poll

Brighton has narrowly pipped Bournemouth to the post in a poll for ‘best UK beach destination’, based on train ticket sales.

Trainline ranked ticket sales so far in 2017 for this May day bank holiday weekend.

Also ranking high in the table were ourr neighbouring Weymouth beach, known for colourful beach huts backed by Georgian houses.

Other Bank Holiday heroes include Butlins’ first home Skegness, surfing haven Torquay and Margate, a town recently dubbed ‘Shoreditch-On-Sea’ as the artistic community flocks there to make the most of its impressive sandy shore.

  Top 10 seaside destinations for 2017 UK May Bank Holiday weekends
1 Brighton
2 Bournemouth
3 Weymouth
4 Skegness
5 Torquay
6 Margate
7 St Ives
8 Southport
9 Whitstable
10 Ramsgate

Data correct as at April 17 2017 via

Top tips to travel by train

Think you’re the only person that has planned a seaside break for the long weekend? Probably not. Travel by train during the bank holidays and avoid the long traffic jams. Make your journey even faster by using mobile ticketing in the Trainline app to avoid queues at the station!

Planning a beach jaunt with friends or family? Make sure you check out GroupSave with Trainline, where groups of 3-8 passengers who travel together on Off-Peak tickets may be eligible for a 34% discount.

Avoid cramming yourselves and any beach bargains you’ve picked up during your seaside stay into the back seat and take advantage of no baggage weight restrictions when booking through Trainline. This will not only save you and your travel companions from having to suffer a cramped journey but will also save your car seats from sand and salty water.

Don’t have a reserved seat? Don’t fret; BusyBot in the Trainline App tells you how busy the front, middle and back of the train is, so that you have the best chance of finding a seat.



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