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Travel and Local Information

Below you will find detailed information on travelling to Newcastle and some local information about sightseeing and the weather. Some further information about Newcastle and the surrounding area has also been included.

Travel Advice - Getting to Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

By Air

Newcastle International Airport - Tel: +44 (0) 871 882 1121

Newcastle International Airport is approximately a 15 to 20 minute taxi journey from the City Centre, depending on rush hour traffic. The taxi cost will be approximately £20.

You can view the airport website at

Durham Tees Valley Airport - Tel: +44 (0) 871 224 2426

Durham Tees Valley Airport is situated in the heart of the Northeast, close to the towns and cities of Darlington, Middlesbrough and Durham and is well served by both road and rail. This airport is approximately 42 miles from Newcastle City Centre.

You can view the airport website at

From Newcastle International Airport to City Centre

By Taxi

Airport Taxis - Telephone: 0191 214 6969

Airport Taxis are the official taxi service for Newcastle International Airport. Taxis can be booked by calling the above number or by visiting their webpages at

By Metro - Please note that the Central Station metro stop is directly opposite the Conference Venue

Tyne and Wear Metro is a light rail system with 60 stations serving Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside. The Metro has been rated as one of the country’s most efficient modes of transport and currently carries nearly 40 million passenger journeys per year.

The journey to Newcastle city centre (Haymarket, Monument or Central Station) takes around 25 minutes. There are trains every 12 minutes from approximately 5.44am (Sundays 6.27am) to 11.58pm.

A single fare from the airport to Central Station (directly opposite the conference venue) will cost £3.00 and a return fare will cost £4.80.

For further information on Metro services, go to

Travel to Newcastle upon Tyne By Rail

National Rail Enquiry Service (24 hours) - Telephone: 08457 484950

The mainline rail network serves the centre of Newcastle via Newcastle's Central Station. The Central Station is directly opposite the Conference Venue.

London (Kings Cross Station). Trains leave approximately every 30 minutes to Newcastle Central Station – journey time approx three hours. The main route from Kings Cross to Newcastle upon Tyne is serviced by East Coast Trains, you can find out more information at

Travel to Newcastle upon Tyne By National Bus

National Express - Telephone: 08705 808080

All national coach services to Newcastle upon Tyne arrive at St James Boulevard, which is approximately a 10 minite walk to the Conference Venue.

Travel Advice

Traveline - Telephone: 0800 23 23 23

Traveline North East Website For information on local bus routes and times, call Traveline for local travel information for bus and rail services to Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas. Public transport throughout Newcastle upon Tyne is of a high quality and inexpensive to use. There are frequent bus services with local bus companies, however tickets are not interchangeable. Tickets for single journeys and day tickets can be purchased on the bus. Exact fare is normally required. Bus schedules are subject to change and enquiries should be made to Traveline North East prior to your journey.


Make the most of your visit to Newcastle with some unmissable city highlights:
Discovery Museum
Theatre Royal
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
The Biscuit Factory - Gallery
Laing Art Gallery
Centre for Life
Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas
Holy Jesus Hospital
St. James' Park
Belsay Hall and Gardens
Wallington House
SAGE Philharmonic Hall
The Great North Museum

The Truth About The Weather

5 day Weather Forecast (opens in new window)

Weather in the UK does have quite a reputation, which is largely justified so, if you are not familiar with it, it is worth being prepared (for anything). Realistically, in late June a temperature of 15º Centigrade counts as cold and 30º counts as hot. You might hope for daytime temperatures in the low 20s. However, since we are not very far from the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, rain is likely, but by no means inevitable; in summer there may be thunderstorms and hail is not impossible. Sunny weather is not unheard of; it’s recently become a bit warmer, a bit drier and (perhaps) even more unpredictable.

Download a pocket city map here.

It's a great city to explore on foot. Delegates will find the city not only visually stunning but also very accessible. For longer journeys around the city, there are plentiful buses and taxis always available.


Further Information

For further information on Newcastle upon Tyne, please visit the websites below:

A City Guide iPhone App is also available for Newcastle upon Tyne.

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