Transport Links


Car – The A1 road connects London to Edinburgh and is one of 2 major routes running through Newcastle.  The other major road connecting Newcastle is the A19.  This road runs parallel t,o and east of, the A1.  Both roads provide easy access to other parts of the country including Edinburgh, York and London. 

To improve access to the city, Newcastle and its surrounding areas have a number of Park and Ride facilities.  Here, you can park your car for a small monetary amount and then travel in to the city centre via the Metro.  For more information about Park and Ride stations in Newcastle, and to plan your journey, please visit the Nexus website.    


Bus – Numerous buses connect the North East towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland.  The main bus services in the North East include Arriva, Go North East (who also provide a Night Bus service), Quaylink (run by Go North East) and Stagecoach

There are a number of great value tickets and passes available including the Tyne and Wear Day Rover ticket which offers unlimited bus, metro and ferry travel.  To find out prices or to book tickets in advance, visit the websites directly using the links above.

If you do not wish to book in advance, many of these buses are fitted with contactless payment facilities so you can pay for travel by card at the point of boarding. 


Train – Newcastle railway station, also known as Central Station, runs on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh and is managed by London North Eastern Railway.  From here, you can travel to London in just 2 hours 50 minutes or to Edinburgh in only 1 hour 30 minutes.  The station also runs on the Durham Coast Line to Middlesbrough and the Tyne Valley Line to Carlisle, both managed by Northern Railway.  The station is also a terminus for TransPennine Express, which connects Newcastle to Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.     


Metro – Tyne and Wear Metro is a light rail system with 60 stations serving Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.  It is maintained and run by Nexus and is the perfect way to explore the exciting places to visit and things to do in the Tyne and Wear area.


Ferry – A regular 30-minute frequency ferry service operates between North and South Shields, with a crossing time of about 7 minutes.  There is also an international passenger terminal at North Shields, which offers cruise ferries to Amsterdam and continental Europe. 


Plane – Travel to 100’s of destinations including Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Rome, Sydney, and Tokyo from one of 2 international airports in the North East.

Newcastle International Airport is located just off the A1 dual carriageway in the heart of the North East and is easily accessible via car, metro, and bus. 

If travelling to the airport on the Metro: head to the Metro station under Newcastle Central Station and board a train on the green line heading for the Airport station.  The journey from Newcastle Central Station to Newcastle Airport takes around 25 minutes.

Durham Tees Valley Airport can also be found in the North East and is situated just 24 miles south of Durham and 6 miles east of Darlington.  It can be accessed by car, bus and train. 


CycleThe National Cycle Network is a network of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes. Its 14,000 miles criss-cross the country, linking up villages, towns and cities.  Some of the routes that serve the North East include:

Route 1

National route 1 is a long distance cycle route connecting Dover and the Shetland Islands via the east coast of England and Scotland.

Route 7

National Route 7 links Sunderland and Inverness. It forms two-thirds of the famous Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route before heading north to Glasgow and passing through two National Parks.

Route 10

National Route 10 connects Cockermouth and North Shields via the Kielder Forest and Carlisle.


National route 14 runs from Darlington in County Durham north-east to Hartlepool, then north-west through Durham to Consett and routing back north-east to South Shields along the south side of the River Tyne.

National Route 72 starts in Kendal and makes its way around the Cumbrian coast via Barrow-in-Furness and Whitehaven to Silloth.

Route 141 is part of The Keelmans Way, which links Wylam and the upper reaches of the Tyne with Central Gateshead and Newcastle and the Bill Quay area.

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