Eastbourne test centre can be found ten minutes away from the town centre, just on Wartling Road, across from Princes Park and Crumbles Pond. It also happens to be close to Eastbourne Beach. Of course, if you’re heading here for your practical test, then you won’t have much time to take advantage of the scenery and soak up the rays. Instead, you should spend some of your time getting to know Eastbourne a bit better. Read our guide below for directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


1 Coastguard Cottages 84 Wartling Road Eastbourne East Sussex BN22 7PT

Tests Offered at Eastbourne

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 2
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Limited parking is available at this centre


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Phone Number

0132 3733488

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you’re trying to get to Eastbourne test centre from the middle of town, then you’ve got an easy journey ahead of you. All you’ve got to do is get onto the A259, before turning on Wartling Road. You might have a bit further to travel if you’re located slightly further away. With the vicinity of A roads like the A27, A22 and A259, however, it shouldn’t be much of a challenge. If you’re not particularly great with directions, and you’re heading to Eastbourne for the first time, we’d recommend you use these directions with your sat nav.

A Bit More About Eastbourne

Your driving test will involve you driving around the area surrounding Eastbourne test centre and further afield. As with every other test centre in the UK, Eastbourne comes with its own range of challenges. For starters, the area features a wide selection of tricky roundabouts along the A2290—not to mention Sovereign Roundabout, which is right outside of the centre. Ideal for testing a learner’s ability to switch between different speed and traffic systems, there are also plenty of nearby A roads like the A22 and A259. Your driving examiner will take you around busier areas near Sovereign Harbour Retail Park, for example, before moving into quieter areas in order for you to demonstrate your driving test manoeuvre.

Looking for more general information about Eastbourne? Check out these handy resources:

Eastbourne Test Route

Unsurprisingly, almost every learner driver in the UK has, at some point, tried to get their hands on their test route. Every single one of them, however, has found out the hard way that the DVSA no longer publishes them. It’s much like any other test you have to take in life—it’s not exactly fair if you’ve got a cheat sheet, is it? Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to go in completely blind. You can still figure out which roads and landmarks are likely to crop up on your route by watching videos of Eastbourne test routes on YouTube . Alternatively, you can download our sample Eastbourne driving test routes. Try to remember that you’ll also get firsthand experience on these roads during your driving lessons.

Eastbourne Test Pass Rates

With the amount of pressure learners place on themselves to pass their driving test, it’s not surprising to find that many are fascinated by pass rates. After all, what better way is there to gauge how likely it is that you’ll pass? On a general scale, learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing. If you’re looking to narrow it down further, you can check out pass rates by area. If that’s still not specific enough for you, you can see pass rates from Eastbourne test centre from the last five years in the table below…

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
50.4% 48.1% 47.9% 50.1% 51.7%

Pass rates are looking good over at Eastbourne test centre. They’ve been above the national average pass rate for the last five years. Of course, while this might be nice to see, it’s vital you don’t place too much importance on these stats. After all, they’re not going to be what helps you pass. It’s how confidently and safely you demonstrate your driving skills during your practical that will get you your test pass certificate.

What If I Can’t Go To Eastbourne?

Decided Eastbourne test centre is no longer a viable option for you? Or, are you trying to cast the net wider in order to find that perfect test date? Whatever the reason is, Eastbourne isn’t the only test centre available to you. If you’re looking to stay relatively close to the area, your closest option in East Sussex is Hastings.

What To Expect On The Day

Nothing quite gets the heart rate and stomach butterflies going as much as thinking about the dreaded driving test! If you’re not familiar with the steps involved, the practical can seem like a mysterious, terrifying ordeal. Fortunately, we’re here to help settle your test day nerves!

Before we get into the nitty gritty of the test, we first have to stress the importance of bringing your provisional licence with you to the test. Without it, you will not be able to take the test. Next, punctuality is a must. If you arrive even a few minutes late to the test, you won’t be able to proceed. You need to get to the centre 10 minutes before you’re supposed to start.

Once you leave the waiting room with the examiner, your practical will follow this simple format:

  • An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
  • Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
  • Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Well, that doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Your test will officially be at an end once you’re back at Eastbourne test centre. Then, you’ve only got to wait a few minutes before you can be free of your examiner’s beady eye. Once the examiner is done filling out their paperwork, they’ll tell you whether you’ve passed or failed. You will be able to see the full breakdown of any faults you received on a feedback sheet. Alternatively, this feedback will be emailed to you via the driving test app.

But What If I Fail?

No one wants to ever fail a test. It’s a disheartening experience. Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. When it comes to the driving test, plenty of things can get in the way of learners passing. Though it might be a big blow to your morale, you need to push past it. If you’re in need of a confidence boost before your next attempt, we’d recommend trying out a refresher course.

Once you’re certain you’re ready to take the plunge again, get PassMeFast to sort you out with a fast-track practical test. We’ll find you a test date that’s weeks or even months ahead of standard DVSA waiting times. If this sounds like something you’d like, give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’ve been dreaming of the day you can finally get out on your first road trip, you’re in luck! PassMeFast now offers intensive and semi-intensive courses to learners located in East Sussex. When you book onto one of our courses, we’ll match you with a local, DVSA-approved instructor who will have you familiarising yourself with the roads around your chosen test centre. They’ll work with you to fit your lessons around your schedule, working towards your test date. The intensity of your lessons will be determined by you—ranging between 2 to 5 hours.

Fancy giving PassMeFast a chance? Get a better look at our tailored crash course packages by heading over to our course prices page. Once you’ve had a good perusal, you can get the ball rolling by giving us a ring on 0333 123 4949. Or, you can book your course online.

If you’ve already had driving lessons, but can’t quite figure out which course is suitable for you, give our course recommender a try. All you’ve got to do is answer a few simple questions and we’ll do the rest!