Metro, Newcastle upon Tyne
The Metro is a light rail system that operates largely above ground connecting places around Tyneside and Wearside.
The two lines are colour coded green and yellow. The green line runs from the airport through the city centre, Central railway station, Gateshead and on to Sunderland and Wearside, ending at South Hylton. The yellow line runs from St. James’ Park football ground to North Shields, the coast, and then around in a loop to the city centre and on to Gateshead and South Tyneside ending at South Shields. A ferry between North Shields and South Shields can cut the time travelling on the metro if you prefer.
There are 3 zones - A, B, and C. As an example a day ticket for all 3 zones set me back £4.60 (April 2015) which also includes buses and the Shields Ferry.
The metro is an effective and efficient way of travelling around the greater Tyneside and Wearside area and quite indispensable for people who want to travel to places outside the centre of the city.
I used the Metro to get from my hotel (in Kingston Park, out towards the airport) into the city and back. Very convenient. A 10 minute walk to the station. Trains are every 10 minutes and it takes 20 minutes to get to Central.
Cost was £2.70 one way, but I should have bought a day ticket for £3.70.
The Metro has 60 stations in the area. In spite of the name it’s more like the RER in Paris or the S-Bahn in Munich than an underground system. It reminded me of the DART in Dublin.
A good way to travel in the Newcastle area - the limits of the system are the Airport, Sunderland and the coast.
Trains run on most lines about every 12 minutes but are more frequent in the city centre where trains run undergound.
The trains are disbaled friendly and fares reasonable.
There is a Metro DaySaver ticket - tickets can only be obtained from Nexus ticket machines and there are no time limits. Zone A - £2.70. Zone B - £3.70. All zones £4.60. 2015 prices.
Newcastle's light rail Metro system links Newcastle International Airport to the heart of the city in about 25 minutes. The Airport Metro station is linked to the terminal building by a covered walkway which leaves the terminal near the UK arrivals meeting point. Tickets to the city centre cost £3.10 for a single journey (as at March 2012).
Valid for unlimited travel on Metro, Shields Ferry and local rail services (Newcastle to Sunderland) for the whole day. You can one from any ticket machine located on all Metro stations. Simply choose the zone you require (see zone map) on the DaySaver panel.
the price is 4 pounds
The Metro system is a regular underground/overground inner city rail service which now connects Newcastle to the North East coast at Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth, it goes as far as Newcastle Airport to the North West of the city, follows the river Tyne on both sides along to the coast and now connects to Sunderland too. It even stops at my door - just how handy is that?
Prices aren't as cheap as they were but it's a fast and convenient service that usually runs on time. It's easy to use, no where near as complicated as London's Tube and not as crowded either, and it will get you to most places you might want to go.
You can buy a transfare, day rover and explorer tickets which allow you to switch between the Metro, Bus, Trains and ferries and these can get you almost 150 miles away for only £6.
To get the Metro just look for the big 'M' signes
Buying Metro tickets can be tricky. Take coins with you, as notes and cards are not accepted in the machines, and only a few stations have change machines.
Secondly, the ticket machines are nearly 30 years old (even though they've been refurbished to look newer), and they are finnicky about accepting even slightly dirty coins. The best way, I've found, is to rub both sides of the coin on a handkerchief before inserting it.
The machines sell single/return tickets, and two types of day ticket - the DaySaver and Day Rover - allowing unlimited travel within a 1 day period. The DaySaver is valid on all Metro services, the Shields ferry, the yellow Quaylink buses, and train services between Sunderland and Newcastle. The Day Rover is more expensive, but it also gives validity on all buses within Tyne and Wear, and train services to and from the MetroCentre.
A special type of single ticket - called a Transfare - is available if you want to take a Metro to a particular station, followed by a bus to your final destination. This is cheaper than buying two separate tickets. (Transfares are also available from bus drivers, if you're doing it the other way round.)
For longer periods of unlimited travel, weekly, monthly, and annual tickets are available, but they must be purchased from a Travelshop (inside larger Metro stations), and a passport-sized photo must be provided. There are two types: MetroSaver (same validity as DaySaver above) and Network Travelticket (same validity as Day Rover).
Some honesty is expected when travelling, as the Metro is an "open" system. A few stations have ticket barriers, but these haven't actually worked since the 1980s! Just push the turnstile and you'll go straight through.
Regular ticket checks are conducted on trains, so if you think you can get away with not paying, beware. A fine of £20 is charged if you don't have a ticket, and the Metro regularly names and shames fare dodgers on its monthly "loser list".
The easiest way for a visitor (or anyone else) to get around Newcastle and the Tyneside area is to take the Metro. The system is easy to use, clean, reliable and generally efficient. There are just two lines – the green one runs between the Airport to the north west of the city and South Hylton on Wearside, while the yellow runs in a “loop with a tail” to connect the coast with the city centre.
You need to buy your ticket in advance from the machines in the station. These don’t take bank notes or credit cards so you’ll need to make sure you have enough change for your journey. The stations are arranged in three zones and you pay according to how many zones you’ll be travelling through. As a guide, the cost in December 2006 was £2.50 for a 2-zone day return.
The main stations in the city centre are
Haymarket – for the Civic Centre, some good pubs (including our favourite, the Crows Nest) and the top end of Northumberland Street (start of the shopping district)
Monument – for the shops of Eldon Square and many others, the Theatre Royal and shuttle buses to the Quayside and Metro centre
Central Station – as the name suggests, for the central station and mainline connections, also a fairly easy walk to the Quayside
St James – for the football stadium and also Chinatown
For a bit of extra fun, especially if travelling with small children, try to get the seat at the front of the train – you’ll get a great view ahead down the tracks and the kids can pretend to drive the train!
The only downsides to the Metro that I can see is that it doesn’t run on Bank Holidays and also that it stops running rather early at night – the last train from the city centre is before midnight even on a Saturday, and this is in the so-called “party capital” of Europe!
Quickest way around town is by metro as traffic in city has one-way systems causing
congestion. Metro is underground system similar to `tube` and links you to all bus, train,and air terminals. There are plenty of buses in town and taxi ranks too.
Airport is about 10 miles/ 15mins drive away from city centre.
Trains (Central Station) are in city centre.
The Metro is by far the best form of transportation, however, the nexus travel group offer a transfair which is a combination ticket allowing travel on 2 forms of transport. BUS or METRO. FERRY or METRO etc.
Also recommended is the day saver which is best purchased after 9am if possible.
Often reliabable and easy to understand the metro will serve you well.
The Metro was Britain's first rapid light transit system.
The City centre of Newcastle is quite compact, but if you are travelling to the airport, the coast or Sunderland then you will find it to be enourmously useful.
Whilst it retains a distinct feel of 1976 about it, with bold plasticy design features everywhere, it still somehow manages to be efficient, well run, and cheap.
It would be true to say that many locals (I'm trying not to cast any aspertions here) don't bother to pay the fare, but this would not be wise as a tourist. At over three quid for a day ticket, it represents good value for money.
For the trainspotters amongst us : Monument station is the only subway station in the world where the same train enters from two diffrent directions (because it does a loop out to the coast and back)
Metro's are very frequent in Newcastle and will cost less than £5 for a day ticket ...so you can jump on and jump off til your hearts content..
For visitors this is the best way to travel around Newcastle ....visiting Gateshead, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay also...
The Tyne and Wear Metro, is a quick, regular, and reliable method of light rail transport around both north and south Tyneside, with a spur running to Newcastle International Airport.
The system runs underground through central Newcastle and Gateshead, and above ground everywhere else. It connects with main line rail services at Central Station, and with local bus services and taxi ranks at several points. Many Metro stations have car parks nearby.
Newcastle city centre is quite small and mostly easy to get round on foot, especially as the Eldon Square shopping centre connects a fair amount of it providing shelter from the elements. If you are not able to walk very far without difficulty though, you might find the following central Metro stations useful. For some places listed here the station is still a 5-10 minute walk away and there might be another station just as close, so the place will be listed under both stations.
Haymarket - bus station (mainly buses going north), Hancock Museum, Museum of Antiquities, northern end of Northumberland Street, Marks and Spencers entrance to Eldon Square, The Gate
Monument - Grainger Town, Monument Mall, Old Eldon Square, undercover access from Eldon Square, Laing Gallery and Blue Carpet
Central Station - Newcastle Central railway station, Centre for Life, gay village, castle keep, cathedrals
St James - St James's Park, Chinatown, The Gate
Manors - Warner Village cinema, closest metro stop to the Millennium Bridge area of the Quayside, Laing Gallery and Blue Carpet
Newcastle has an excellent bus and subway/above ground train system, which starts in the city's northern suburbs, leads right through downtown, and all the way to the coastline. The transportation is easy, fast, and largely inexpensive.
Simply the best way to get around Newcastle if you don't have a car and don't want to take a taxi.
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