east bourne was 40 mins by train from brighton. i must say the train ride was very interesting with nice scenic views of the small towns along the ride amd the fields. the train tickets cost us about 13 pounds each. the eastbourne pier is not different from the brighton one...but its less crowded. we went there on a tuesday and it was really quiet with us only there. we didnt stay for long but did take a walk along the beach.