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Getting Around

Once you're here the central district of NewcastleGateshead is so compact it's great to walk around or simply jump on the quick and efficient Metro system or one of the many buses and taxis.

For a printable overview see the following guides and maps:

Regional Map [PDF 261KB]
Central NewcastleGateshead [PDF 509KB]
Metro transport system [PDF 503KB]
Quaylink bus routes [PDF 1.0MB]

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For all your local public transport enquiries call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or, for the hearing impaired, call the Textphone number on 0870 241 2216. Lines are open 7am-8pm daily (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year‘s Day). You can also check the website:


The Metro system has been rated as one of the country‘s most efficient modes of transport and carries more than 37 million passengers a year. It is an ideal way to get to and from the airport as well as the Jesmond café bar scene and the coastal areas.

The Metro trains themselves have room for wheelchairs and buggies and have comfortable seating. You can buy your ticket at any Metro station, so have some change ready. Look out for the Metro Hopper which lets you travel in zone one all day, or Metro DaySaver which gives all day unlimted Metro travel. Visit the Metro website for more information, hints and tips about getting around by Metro.

Bus Services

Bus services in NewcastleGateshead are plentiful and frequent and there are a wide variety of special travel tickets available including a Day Rover for unlimited travel by any form of public transport in Tyne & Wear, while the North East Explorer ticket can be used on public transport right across the North East region. Buy one on the day from bus drivers or in advance from Travelshops.

If you're visiting the Angel of the North why not take the unique Angel Bus (Go North East service 21) from Eldon Square Bus Station in Newcastle or Gateshead Interchange.


Quaylink, the handy way to explore Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside. If you’re off to work, or visiting some of the great attractions that the Quayside and Ouseburn has to offer, then Quaylink is the bus for you.

Ticket options include a single fare and an all-day ticket. Day Rover tickets, Transfare tickets, Network One Travel Tickets including zone one and MetroSaver season tickets including zone A are also valid on QuayLink.

Q1 and Q2 buses link Windy Nook, Felling Square, Heworth, Leam Lane, Springwell, Wrekenton, Dryden Road and Gateshead Town Centre with Sage Gateshead, Gateshead College, Baltic Square, Guildhall, Theatre Royal and Central Station.  

Q3 buses link Great Park, Great Park Park & Ride, Regent Centre, Gosforth High Street and Newcastle City Centre with the Theatre Royal, Guildhall, Law Courts, Ouseburn (for The Cluny & Seven Stories), Hoults Yard, St Peter's Basin, Walker and Wallsend. 

Quaylink buses run up to every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening.

Find out more information on the Go North East website.

Quaylink route map [PDF]

For transport information, visit a Nexus Travelshop located at major Metro stations, visit or contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

Getting home after a night out in NewcastleGateshead is easy too with Go North East's Night Bus services. The N21 and N56 services run to Sunderland via Washington and Durham via Low Fell and Chester le Street. For more information visit

Almost 400 taxi drivers have taken part in the ambassador programme to become important experts and representatives of NewcastleGateshead. Wherever you see the official sign you can be reassured that the driver will be able to help you with information about the area and is committed to advising passengers on things to do and places to visit. Please find a selection of transport providers below:

EastCoast Taxis & Tours
LA Taxis

Executive Travel

There are a number of coporate and executive travel options in and around NewcastleGateshead. Please find a selection below:

Parkers Executive Chauffeurs
La Taxis - Corporate and VIP Taxis
EastCoast Executive

Car Hire

For more information on car hire including Newcastle Airport car hire please visit our car hire page


A cycle route map produced by Tynebikes is available from the Tourist Information Centres.


Whether this is your first time in the city - and you want to find the best places to eat, shop or visit - or whether you have been many times or lived here for years, there are still lots of secrets to discover through a guided or self-guide tour. A walking guide, detailing eight walks around NewcastleGateshead is available free from the Tourist Information Centres. Don't forget if you are caught short around town Newcastle runs a 'Use our Loos' scheme, just look at for the Use our Loos logo.

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