Travel in Newcastle
||There are several
ways of getting from A to B in Newcastle, and once you
know the basics you should find getting around the city
a straightforward experience.
You'll find that Newcastle city centre is compact enough
for you to easily explore on foot, although there is an
incline as you walk from the Quayside area of the city
up the Victorian styled Grey Street, towards the main
If however you want to go further afield, to the cafes
of Jesmond or the attractions of Gateshead there are a
number of public transport options.
Newcastle's Metro system is the local
under and overground train network. This was the UK's
first rapid transit system and over the years it has been
noted for its efficiency. The Metro runs from 6am-11:00pm
every day and has services to most of the popular local
locations including Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle
You'll find the main city centre Metro station for Newcastle
is Monument [map],
found close to Grey's Monument and Eldon Square shopping
mall. From this station you can access both of the Metro's
lines, the circular yellow line which will take you to
Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North Shields and to as far as
Sunderland, while the green line can take passengers from
the airport through Newcastle and then onto South Shields.
Both lines pass through Central Station, Monument, Haymarket,
Jesmond, West Jesmond and Gateshead.
In terms of tickets, these can be bought for a single
quick journey, or for unlimited travel for the day from
Metro stations and the eight Nexus offices there
are around the city centre. If you are planning on seeing
quite a lot of Newcastle, then it is worth asking about
which ticket would best suit you as there are a wide variety
of tickets to choose from, including tickets which allow
you to ride on both the Metro and the local buses.
Buses in the area provide an alternative
to the Metro. They are slower than the Metro trains but
do allow you the opportunity to gaze out of the window
for a cheap tour of the area. The main stop for the city
buses is just down from Eldon Square Shopping Centre,
while regional services usually use Haymarket bus station
which is very close to Haymarket Metro station. Most local
destinations have a frequent bus service and maps can
be picked up at Gallowgate Coach Station next to St James'
Park football ground.
Driving in Newcastle is not as much of
a headache as driving in London, for example, but the
efficient public transport system means that you don't
need to rely on your car to get around. If you do decide
to use you car for city centre travel, then there are
several car parks to choose from dotted around the city,
and parking can be as cheap as 30p per hour.