Getting here and getting around

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NewcastleGateshead has all the access links you’d expect from a major European city so wherever your delegates are from they can be here in no time.

If flying, take your pick - Emirates, British Airways, KLM, Air France, bmi regional, easyJet and Lufthansa all fly into our international airport. And with trains arriving from all corners (including London in under three hours) and the A1(M) motorway passing right through our city, you won’t struggle to get here.

Once here, transport and help is on hand night and day so you and your delegates need not worry about getting around. This is mainly thanks to the reliable Metro trains and a compact and walkable city centre. If you ever do get stuck, the best maps are in the minds of the locals who love to help.

International air and sea routes


Newcastle International Airport is served by many airlines, including Emirates, British Airways,  KLM, bmi regional, Air France, easyJet and Lufthansa, providing direct links from top international and UK destinations. This includes direct daily flights from Dubai, Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris amongst 80 destinations worldwide.

Flight routes to Newcastle International Airport

The route from the airport to the city centre is one of the fastest in Europe, taking only 23 minutes on the Tyne and Wear Metro. Metro trains run every 5-15 minutes and single tickets cost from just £3.40. Taxis to the city centre cost around £15 from the airport.

For full details of airline routes to and from Newcastle International Airport visit


The North Shields International Ferry Terminal is the north of England’s main sea link with Northern Europe. Throughout the year, DFDS operates frequent sailings to and from Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) in the Netherlands. Taxis to the city centre cost approximately £13 from the ferry terminal.

For full details of DFDS ferry routes to and from North Shields International Ferry Terminal visit

UK travel


LNER logoAs the name suggests, Newcastle Central Station is within easy walking distance of many city-wide destinations, hotels and venues, and as the hub of NewcastleGateshead’s transport infrastructure, it is extremely well connected.

Newcastle Central Station is right in the heart of the city centre and is served by LNER, CrossCountry Trains and First Transpennine Express; all operating direct services from most major cities in Britain. These high-speed rail links mean that NewcastleGateshead is less than three hours from London and just 90 minutes from Edinburgh and Leeds.


The A1(M) passes through NewcastleGateshead, 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.

UK travel times to NewcastleGateshead

Public transport and walking NewcastleGateshead

Voted “the easiest city to get around in England” by the readers of Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine, NewcastleGateshead’s compact centre and range of travel options make it the perfect destination for your delegates.


The Tyne and Wear Metro connects all the major destinations in the region and calls at Newcastle Central Station for links to national rail. Services link central NewcastleGateshead with the airport in 23 minutes, and the coast in 30 minutes.

The Metro is the ideal way to get to the main shopping areas around Haymarket and Monument, and the hotels, cafés and restaurants of Jesmond. Metro trains run daily from 5.30am to midnight, every 5-10 minutes during the day and every 8-15 minutes in the evenings.

A variety of ticket options can be bought from machines at all Metro stations, however all-day travel on the Metro system is included with a Conference Travel Card.

For more public transport information, visit a Nexus Travelshop located at major Metro stations, or contact Nexus on +44 (0)191 20 20 47

Download Metro map pdf

Getting around NewcastleGateshead by Metro

QuayLink buses

QuayLink buses offer a regular, accessible and easy-to-use service, and are the best way to get around central NewcastleGateshead. Routes connect the attractions and sights of Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays with Newcastle Central Station, Haymarket Bus Station and Gateshead Interchange, as well as going north of the city to Gosforth and beyond and south to the wider Gateshead area.

All-day travel on the QuayLink buses is included with a Conference Travel Card; however individual tickets can be bought from the driver. Ticket options include a single fare, an all-day ticket or a weekly ticket.

For more information, visit

Download Quaylink map pdf

Walking and cycling in NewcastleGateshead

Central NewcastleGateshead is compact and easy to explore on foot, allowing delegates to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy its beautiful landmarks. Newcastle Central Station is just 10 minutes’ walk away from the famous Quayside area and just five minutes’ walk from the main shopping district.

Likewise, both the city centre and surrounding region are easy to explore by bike, with traffic-free trails, forest routes and long-distance rides on offer. You can hire a bike (and anjoy a coffee and cake) at The Cycle Hub in the Ouseburn. It's situated beside the River Tyne, meaning that you'll be cycling pretty much on the flat in both directions from here on traffic-free routes, making it an ideal starting point. Local cycling information and maps plus guided rides are also available.

Download walking map pdf


Newcastle City Guides operate walking tours that are an ideal way to introduce your delegates to the city and explore its history and culture. The knowledgeable volunteers offer daily walks during the summer season, costing just £4. They also run a programme of over 40 heritage walks with various themes, including walks to the top of the iconic Grey’s Monument, and can arrange bespoke private walking tours for your group. For more information on Newcastle City Guides, visit or contact

The North East England Blue Badge Guides offer a range of guided tours in the North East, including tours of historic Durham and Hadrian’s Wall. River Tyne sightseeing cruise trips depart from Newcastle Quayside with operator River Escapes, which also offers corporate hire for events, while the Shields Ferry runs river cruises departing from South Shields.

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