Getting there & away
National Express buses arrive and depart from the Gallowgate coach station. You can get to most anywhere, including London (£27.50, seven hours, six daily) and Manchester (£16.60, five hours, six daily). For Berwick-upon-Tweed (two hours, five daily) take bus 505, 515 or 525 from Haymarket bus station.
Local and regional buses leave from Haymarket or Eldon Square bus stations. For local buses around the northeast, don’t forget the excellent-value Explorer North East ticket, valid on most services for £6.50.
Newcastle is on the main rail line between London and Edinburgh. Services go to Aln-mouth (for connections to Alnwick; £6.20, 20 minutes, four daily), Berwick (£15.30, 45 minutes, every two hours), Edinburgh (£39, 1½ hours, half-hourly), London King’s Cross (£105.50, three hours, half-hourly) and York (£21.30, 45 minutes, every 20 minutes). There’s also the scenic Tyne Valley Line west to Carlisle.
Norway’s Fjord Line (296 1313; www.fjordline.co.uk) operates ferries between Newcastle, Stavanger and Bergen. DFDS Seaways (0870 533 3000; www.dfdsseaways.co.uk) operates ferries to Newcastle from Kristiansand in Norway, the Swedish port of Gothenburg and the Dutch port of Ijmuiden, near Amsterdam. For online ferry bookings, check out www.newcastleferry.co.uk.
Newcastle International Airport (286 0966; www.newcastleairport.com) is 7 miles north of the city off the A696. It has direct services to Aberdeen, London, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast, Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris, Prague, Brussels and a number of destinations in Spain.