As the most significant
city in the North East, Newcastle is
well integrated into the national rail network. It is
a stop on one of the UK's most popular rail journeys from
London to Edinburgh and is also well connected to other
towns and cities in the North East.
In terms of getting away for a day trip to somewhere close
by, you'll find Newcastle's Metro system an
easy to use and efficent service. The Metro has two main
lines, the yellow and the green, and these will take you
to destinations across the North East including, Gateshead,
Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and Sunderland.
The Metro also connects the city centre with other major
transport options. Take the Metro's green line to its
final stop and you'll be at Newcastle Airport [map],
which connects the North East's unoffical capital with
major capitals across Europe. Or take the Metro's yellow
line to North Shields where you can take the ferry
from the Royal Quays to Holland and Scandinavia.
If you want to travel to Newcastle from other parts of
the UK, or take in some of the other cities once you've
completed your tour of Newcastle then you should head
for Central Station [map].
Built in the 1830s by the same architect who designed
the much admired Grey Street, Central Station is the city's
main rail interchange. Both Metro lines have this station
as part of their route, and it is through this point that
the city links into the main national railway network.
You'll find the station on Neville Street, which is around
a five minute walk south of the city centre. However if
you are in the city centre and don't fancy the walk, then
you can take the Metro from Monument Station [map] found close to Grey's Monument and Eldon Sqaure shopping
Travelling to London from Newcastle will take around two
hours and 40 minutes using the fastest service available,
while a train to Edinburgh will take around one and a
Tickets will vary in price according to where you are
travelling to (or from) and when, however for the cheapest
tickets try and book as far in advance as possible and
plan to travel at off peak times. Several train operators
run services to the UK's cities from Newcastle namely Arriva Trains Northern, Virgin and GNER contact them directly for more
information on times and ticketing.