Metro, Newcastle upon Tyne

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    An easy way to get around

    by toonsarah Updated Jan 4, 2007

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    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!

    Finding your way on the Metro Metro train

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    The Metro

    by Fen Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    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.

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    Stand Clear of the doors Please !

    by dazherg Updated Feb 20, 2004

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    Metro's are very frequent in Newcastle and will cost less than £5 for a day ticket 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 Metro System

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  • Back to civilisation: An underground system!

    by sabsi Written May 4, 2003

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    After a week in England while waiting for the Metro in Newcastle I suddenly felt like being in a big city again ;)

    Looks like the city has quite a good underground system connecting Newcastle with Gateshead and Sunderland.

    We still could have walked faster though...

    Waiting for the Metro

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    Metro from the Airport to the City

    by zadunajska8 Written Mar 18, 2012

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    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).

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    It's a part of everyday life

    by sourbugger Updated Sep 7, 2004

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    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)

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    Metro all day rider after 9am

    by jhorsfield30 Written Jun 4, 2005

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    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.

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    Tyne and Wear Metro

    by MDH Written Aug 19, 2003

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    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.

    For a map and more pictures, check out:

    The Metro stops at an above ground station
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  • Getting around the city centre

    by stephenshephard Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    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

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    The Metro

    by EasyMalc Written Jun 13, 2015

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    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.

    Monument Station Latin sign to Wallsend Bus Station (Segedunum)

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    'The Metro' - officially...

    by steventilly Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    'The Metro' - officially called 'The Tyne & Wear Metro' it has taken over 20 years for it to finally reach Wearside. The Metro covers Central Newcastle, Central Gateshead, both banks of the Tyne heading out to the coast, the Northern suburbs of Newcastle and the Airport. It does not head West and in particular does not actually go to 'The Metro Centre', one of the largest shopping and liesure complexes in Europe. To get here you must take a bus or a train (destination Carlisle). The extension to Sunderland will open at the end of 2001, all being well.

    You buy your tickets from machines before passing through the barriers to board the train. The trains are quite comfortable and they do get you around rather quickly. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes during the daytime and every 15 mins Evenings & Sundays.

    In central Newcastle it's almost as easy to just walk everywhere, as it's a fairly compact city centre.

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    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 22, 2015

    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.

    Metro trains Metro train
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  • Day metro ticket

    by Robin020 Written Jun 27, 2011


    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

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  • Metro - our local underground

    by fizzb Written Dec 31, 2002

    The Metro provides a useful means of transport around the Newcastle locality. There are relatively few stations centrally, but then the city centre is compact, so it doesn't cause a problem.
    The Metro runs out to the coast (Whitley Bay & Tynemouth), and to the airport (takes about 40 minutes from the centre). A recent extension means that you can now get to Sunderland too.
    The trains are clean (usually....) and safe to use. Fares are a bit expensive over short distances, but longer journeys are better value for money. Stations are indicated by a big black "M" on a yellow background.

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    by iaint Written May 20, 2015

    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.

    Kingston Park on board tickets
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