Getting to Newcastle
Newcastle Central Station is right in the heart of the city centre and is served by London North Eastern Railway, CrossCountry Trains and First Transpennine Express; all operating direct services from most major cities in Britain. These highspeed rail links mean that Newcastle is less than three hours from London and just 90 minutes from Edinburgh and Leeds. As the name suggests, Newcastle Central Station is within easy walking distance to many of the destination’s attractions, hotels and St. James’ Park, as well as being the main hub of Newcastle’s transport infrastructure.
The A1(M) passes through Newcastle, linking the area to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across the country. The A69 links west to Carlisle, the Lake District and, via the M6, to the south and west of England. Central car parks are situated only a short distance from all routes and are well signposted throughout the city.
Newcastle International Airport is served by many airlines, including all of the major hubs, direct links from top international and UK destinations. Getting from the airport to the city centre is one of the fastest in Europe, taking only 23 minutes on the Tyne & Wear Metro. Metro trains run every 5 – 15 minutes and you can get a single ticket from just £3.40. Taxis to the city centre cost around £15.
The North Shields International Ferry Terminal at Port of Tyne is the North of England’s main sea link with Northern Europe. Throughout the year, DFDS Seaways operates frequent sailings to and from Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) in the Netherlands. Taxis to the city centre cost approximately £13 from the ferry terminal.
Getting around Newcastle
Newcastle is a compact city meaning that most places of interest, including St. James’s Park, are easy to get to on foot.
You can find a range of useful maps to guide you on your visit to Newcastle here.
Tyne & Wear Metro
If you do need to explore a further afield, the Tyne and Wear Metro system is great-value way to get around Newcastle as there are regular trains to and from the Airport, Gateshead, the Coast and the nearby city of Sunderland. A short trip on the Metro, which has over 60 stops, will take you to the regions’ major local landmarks and St James’ Park has its own station.
You can check out full timetable information or a map of the Metro stations by visiting the Nexus website.
Getting the bus is a fuss-free way to get around Newcastle. You can get some great value bus tickets to help you around Newcastle, such as the Newcastle SmartZone, Stagecoach Megarider, Arriva Megarider and Network One Pass. A Tyne and Wear Day Rover ticket also offers unlimited travel (including on Metro and Shields Ferry). You can find out ticket prices or book your tickets in advance on the Stagecoach, Arriva and Nexus websites directly.
If you’re staying outside of Newcastle, don’t cut short your night out after the rugby. Go North East’s Night Bus services (N21 and N56) also run to Sunderland via Washington and Durham via Low Fell and Chester Le Street.
For more information, you can also visit Go North East Times and Fares for schedules and ticket prices.
Newcastle is extremely easy to explore on foot due to its compact size, however if you need a taxi to get you to where you want to be, there are plenty of companies to choose from, including EastCoast Taxis & Tours, LA Taxis and Uber.
There are 24-hour taxi ranks available across the city with a fleet waiting for you. You can pick up taxis at Central Station, Grey Street and other areas throughout the city.