Travel

Newcastle is easily accessible trains and coaches from across the UK, by plane via Newcastle airport, and by plane/train combinations via Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow. Below are public transport directions from the nearest airports and major UK cities.

map of the city and university campus shows Newcastle train station at the south of the city and the university campus at the north.

Trains to/from Newcastle can be searched at www.nationalrail.co.uk/. Note: cheap train tickets are usually released 3 months in advance, with cheapest tickets selling first. Even booking the day before can save you a lot of money.

Coaches to/from Newcastle run via two main operators: National Express and Megabus. Again, tickets are cheaper if booked in advance.

Newcastle International Airport (www.newcastleairport.com) has flights to/from many European cities, including transit hubs in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, and Paris. From the airport, there are three ways to reach the city:

  • Metro trains run between the airport and city (approx.) every 15mins and the journey takes around 25mins. A single ticket is £3.40 and a day pass it £5.10. Tickets should be purchase from the automated ticket machines before travel and journey times can be searched at jplanner.travelinenortheast.info/nexus.
  • Bus numbers X77, X78, X79 run Newcastle city centre (Eldon Square) - Ponteland - Darras Hall (Monday-Saturday) with a stop at the airport. Journey times can be searched jplanner.travelinenortheast.info/nexus.
  • Taxi company Airport Taxis run a reliable service outside the terminal building. At taxi to/from the city will cost around £20.

Edinburgh Airport (www.edinburghairport.com/) is accessible to Newcastle by taking a tram/bus/taxi from the airport to Edinburgh Haymarket station or Edinburgh Waverly station, then a train (approx. 1 hour 30mins) to Newcastle. Trains are regular, usually at least one per hour. Cost will vary depending on when you book and train times can be searched at www.nationalrail.co.uk/.

From London there are three ways to travel to Newcastle:

  • Planes to Newcastle Airport run regularly from London Heathrow.
  • Trains run direct, often twice per hour to Newcastle from London King's Cross station. Journey time is about 3 hours. Cost will vary depending on when you book and train times can be searched at www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
  • Coaches also run regularly between central London (Victoria station) and Newcastle with the two main operators: National Express and Megabus.

Manchester Airport (www.manchesterairport.co.uk/) has a direct train to Newcastle. The journey takes around 3 hours and trains are about one per hour. Cost will vary depending on when you book and train times can be searched at www.nationalrail.co.uk/.

From Manchester city centre there are two ways to travel to Newcastle:

  • Trains run from both Manchester Picadilly and Manchester Victoria stations. Journey time is about 2 hours 15mins. Cost will vary depending on when you book and train times can be searched at www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
  • Coaches also run between Manchester and Newcastle with the two main operators: National Express and Megabus.

Birmingham Airport (www.birminghamairport.co.uk/) offers a route to Newcastle, but involves taking a train from Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street station and changing to fairly lengthy onward travel.

From Birmingham city centre there are two ways to travel to Newcastle:

  • Trains to Newcastle run from Birmingham New Street. Journey time is about 4 hours and trains run about once per hour. Cost will vary depending on when you book and train times can be searched at www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
  • Coaches also run between Birmingham and Newcastle with the two main operators: National Express and Megabus.

Glasgow airport (www.glasgowairport.com/) offers a route to Newcastle, although it involves taking a bus from the airport to the city centre and walking to one of Glasgow's train stations for onward travel.

From Glasgow city centre there are two ways to travel to Newcastle:

  • Trains to Newcastle run from Glasgow Queens Street and Glasgow Central station. Journey time is about 2 hours 30mins and trains run about once per hour. Cost will vary depending on when you book and train times can be searched at www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
  • Coaches also run between Birmingham and Newcastle with the two main operators: National Express and Megabus.