As cities go, Newcastle is small and compact so getting around is easy, quick and cheaper than other cities in the UK.
With that in mind, walking is your best bet (especially in the city centre). It will take you around 20 minutes to stroll from one end to the other. If you can avoid driving then we’d recommend it.
Here we give you 6 options on getting around this glorious city, ensuring you get to see as much as possible without delay.
Described as the first modern light rail system in the UK, the Metro is the easiest way to get about Newcastle. It is the second-largest metro system in the UK after the London Underground covering Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, and Sunderland.
Check planned travel works here before travelling
City Centre – The city centre has three metro stations, Monument, Haymarket & Central Station. Visitors coming to Newcastle via the mainline will arrive at Central Station so if you need to get to your destination on the Metro then just look out for the large yellow & black “M” sign. A single priced ticket within 1 zone will cost you £2.00 or £3.60 for unlimited travel.
Airport – The metro is a great way of getting into Newcastle from the airport and will take approximately 25 minutes. It costs £3.15 per person for a single ticket but if you are returning on the same day then it will be cheaper to buy a day ticket for £5.30.
The Coast – If you have time on your hands and want to take in some of the North East’s stunning coastline then the Metro is the hassle-free way of getting to the coast. We would suggest buying an all zones day ticket rather than a single which costs £5.30.
Tynemouth is a cool, laid back town on the coast and has plenty to whet your appetite including bars, restaurants and of course fish and chip shops. We recommend pitching up at King Edwards Bay for a relaxed sunny day, however, if you’re feeling active then take a stroll along Tynemouth beach which will take you to Cullercoats.
If you’re wanting to go to the coast for the day then you’ll want to get off at either Tynemouth, Cullercoats or Whitley Bay metro stations.
You can, of course, go further afield and go to South Shields which is another seaside town with the added bonus of a fairground for the kids.
Getting around on bus is simple, quick and easy and doesn’t cost the earth. The best place to start is here, you’ll be able to find all the information you need on which stop you need to be at and if there are any changes on your route.
You may want to look to see if the bus you need is running before you set off, you can find out here
For prices on tickets click here
Taxi’s in Newcastle & Gateshead are in an abundance so you’ll have no problems getting one. The black cabs are dotted all over the city centre but usually only wait on designated ranks. These can be found in the tourist hot spots such as
- Theatre Royal, Grey Street
- Newcastle Central Station (Outside Royal Station Hotel)
- Pilgrim Street
Visitors should be aware that the prices in black cabs are slightly higher than booking a private taxi and you should always ask how much the fare will be at the start of the journey. Should you have any issues then ask to see the driver’s badge and take note of the license number and the plate on the back of the car.
If you want to plan ahead and book your own taxi then below is a list of numbers of Newcastle & Gateshead’s biggest firms. Uber also operates in Newcastle
Dean Taxis 0191 444 4444
Blueline Taxis 0191 262 6666
LA Taxis 0191 287 7777
Getting out on your own 2 feet is a healthy way to see this beautiful city. As we’ve mentioned once or twice, the city is small and compact meaning you can see it all within a day.
Combining walking with local transport can really take you everywhere. Take a stroll along the Quayside (Market on a Sunday) and if you want the blood pumping then go up Dean Street to Grey Street to burn off those calories (thank us later)
There is nothing better than blowing off the cobwebs from the night before with a bike ride along the Quayside right? Apart from keeping you fit and helping the planet, you’ll see things not accessible by the Metro, Bus, Car or taxi. The bonus of a bike ride along the quayside is that it’s flat and there are designated bike paths.
You must be warned that Newcastle is perched on top of a hill meaning that if you want a stroll through the city centre from the Quayside you’ll have to contend with steep inclines unless you take the route from City Road onto Mosley Street.
Newcastle used to have MoBike where you could rent a bike but unfortunately, it ceased its operations in the city in early 2019.
If you insist on driving then we must tell you that most of Newcastle City Centre is a one-way traffic system with the added bonus of bus-only streets around the Monument. It really doesn’t tick any boxes in terms of ease, time or functionality but if you are driving and your hotel does not have access to a car park then we’d recommend you park your car on the outskirts of the city centre (it won’t be far to walk because the city is compact).
Times Square Car Park – Situated next to the Redheugh Bridge, ideal for those travelling either North or South on the A1
Manors Multi-Storey – Ideal for those travelling south on the A1, although it will be the busiest route taking you through Gateshead over the Tyne Bridge
From 2021 the local council plan to enforce a daily toll on coaches, buses, and lorries that do not meet emissions standards and they will be hit with £50 daily fees to enter the city centre once the CAZ comes into force in 2021, with a £12.50 charge for taxis and vans.
General traffic will be reduced from two lanes to one lane in each direction over the Tyne Bridge from 2021, in a bid to force motorists out of their cars and onto public transport.