Situated in the North East of England, Newcastle has excellent transport links with major UK and international cities.
Newcastle is easy to get to by:
- road - the A1(M) and A69 pass close to the city centre
- coach or bus - the main coach station is in the city centre
- rail - Newcastle is about three hours from London
- air - Newcastle International Airport is only seven miles from the city centre
- sea - ferries run from nearby North Shields to the Netherlands
Newcastle is a compact city so it's easy to cycle or walk around. The Metro rail network offers fast, efficient travel around the city and Tyneside.
We have maps of the city and campus to help you find your way around.
Travel planning websites
- Transport Direct offers free information for travel by public transport and car
- Traveline: UK Public Transport Information helps you plan journeys by public transport
- BBC Tyne provides travel information for Tyneside
Accommodation in Newcastle
The tourist information site NewcastleGateshead provides an accommodation database and free booking service.
The location of our buildings can be found on our campus maps. If you're travelling using a route planner or sat-nav, our postcode is NE1 7RU.
Newcastle is easily accessible by road via:
- the A1 - running north/south
- the A69 - running west/east
We are unable to offer parking on campus, although we do have a limited number of spaces for visitors with mobility issues. If you have been able to reserve on-campus parking (this must be arranged for you by a member of staff) or are arriving by taxi, use the entrance on Claremont Road. The taxi drop-off point is on King's Road.
City centre car parks
There are many car parks in walking distance of campus. The nearest NCP car parks are:
- John Dobson Street (NE1 8HL)
- New Bridge Street (NE1 8AB)
- Carliol Square (NE1 6UL)
Some of our events offer a 20% discount for the NCP car parks. You will usually need to validate your parking ticket on the day.
Park and ride
As the city centre is a busy place to park, you may prefer to park at a Metro station and travel in by Metro. Parking is available at the following Metro stations. If you choose to park here you will need to pay for parking and buy a return ticket (two zones) to Haymarket, which is directly opposite the University.
Four Lane Ends Metro - convenient for those travelling from the north
Newcastle upon Tyne
Heworth Metro - convenient for those travelling from the south
Find out more about the Metro.
The main coach station for long distance journeys is on St James Boulevard in the centre of the city. Most inter-city coaches stop here. The coach station is about 15 minutes walk from the University.
Coaches from London
You can join a coach or bus for Newcastle at Gatwick and Heathrow airports, and from Victoria Coach Station.
Newcastle Central Station is on the east coast main line linking England and Scotland. It is a direct route from London King's Cross, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The journey from London King's Cross takes about three hours.
Central Station has its own Metro stop. Taxis are available directly outside the station.
To walk, it takes about 10-15 minutes from Central Station to the University campus. It's about 5-10 minutes to walk to Grey's Monument and the main shopping areas.
Trains from London
Rail travel links
- East Coast Rail - route information from London King's Cross, Glasgow or Edinburgh
- Cross Country Trains - Cross Country trains serve many UK destinations, including Newcastle
- Northern Rail - trains serving the North of England
- TransPennine Express - serving the North and cross-country routes
- National Rail - journey planning, live arrival and departure boards for UK stations
- BBC travel information - travel information and links
- Metro - Tyne and Wear local rail service
It may be possible to fly direct to Newcastle International Airport from locations across Europe. Indirect flights typically change in London, Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris. Connecting flights from London to Newcastle fly from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.
Talk to a travel agent about the various ways of getting to Newcastle by air.
Transport links from the airport
The airport is about seven miles north west of Newcastle city centre.
Official airport taxis pick-up and drop-off outside the terminal. You can book a taxi in advance or from inside the airport terminal.
If you have booked any other taxi, they will pick you up or drop you off just across the road from the terminal. You may be able to pick up a non-booked taxi here, but this isn't an official taxi rank. A taxi into the city centre should take about 15 minutes.
The airport Metro station is connected to the terminal. The journey to Haymarket (the nearest stop to the University) takes about 25 minutes.
Buses run to Newcastle city centre and the University from the airport entrance. To plan a bus journey from the airport see the Traveline website.
The International Ferry Terminal at North Shields is approximately seven miles east of Newcastle. Ferries travel daily to and from Amsterdam, operated by DFDS Seaways.
You can also sail from the Netherlands and Belgium to Hull with P&O Ferries. To travel from Hull to Newcastle by car or train takes around two and a half hours.
Arriving by sea without a car
If you're a foot passenger arriving at the North Shields ferry terminal, there are bus services to Newcastle city centre. The bus journey takes approximately 30 minutes. Taxis are available outside the ferry terminal.
The nearest Metro station is Percy Main, about a 20 minute walk from the terminal building. The Metro journey into the city centre takes 20 minutes.