Newcastle airport, Newcastle upon Tyne
It's great when it takes you a maximum of 20 minutes to get from your house to the airport...
Newcastle is well connected with European cities through scheduled flights, and also has a number of tour operators with flights to the islands, Cyprus, Turkey and Mexico.
As a bonus, it's well-connected with the Tyne & Wear Metro system.
Newcastle International Airport is located some miles to the northwest of the city, at the far end of one of the Metro lines. It is small by international standards but recently expanded and refurbished, and very pleasant to use. It has flights to and from many European destinations (Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Turkey among others) plus long-haul flights from Dubai, and package flights to Toronto, Orlando, Cancun, Dominican Republic and Sharm El Sheikh. There are also plenty of UK flights, so it’s possible to fly into one of the London airports and transfer to a domestic flight to Newcastle.
At the airport you will find all the usual facilities: duty free shops, bars and restaurants etc. There are a range of parking options, from 15 minute drop-off bays, through short and medium stay to long stay car parks, and several off-site car parks too. There are four car hire companies based at the airport.
The best-value way to travel to and from the airport though is by Metro. The airport is at the end of the green line, and you can be in the city centre in about 25 minutes with no need to change trains. What’s more, the Metro is wheelchair and buggy friendly, with lifts at every station, which comes in very handy for anyone with heavy luggage too. At current (summer 2010) prices the ride should cost you less than £5. Alternatively you can pre-book one of the official airport taxis, or just pick one up at the taxi-rank outside.
Getting There By Rail
The nearest railway station is Newcastle Central, which has excellent connections to Scotland and the Midlands. From Newcastle Central in the City Centre the Metro then takes you directly to the airport in 23 minutes. The Metro also links Gateshead, South Tyneside, the coast and North Tyneside to the airport.
Getting There By Bus
Numbers 76, 76A, 77, 77A, 78, 78E, and 79 bus run to and from Newcastle City Centre (Eldon Square Bus Concourse) to the Airport entrance approximately every 20 minutes during the day and less frequently during the evening Monday - Saturday and all day Sunday. Call 08706 082 608 for more details. National Express runs coaches to and from Newcastle from the rest of the UK.
By Air : Newcastle Airport is 6 miles north-west of Newcastle town centre and has direct services from London and European airports.
By Rail :InterCity 225 electric trains from London go to Newcastle in under three hours.
By Road :
Excellent motorways and trunk roads link the region with the rest of Britain.
Newcastle Airport has good links with the world travelling via London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.
A superb extension to the air terminal has just about been completed.
For details of flights into the city, the airport has a good website: http://www.newcastleairport.com/
Good city centre access via the metro system.
Newcastle has it's own airport so if you are planning to stay in the city alone or just see the surrounding area, this may be a good option. Newcastle is a major station on the rail network, linking Scotland with England. You can get a ferry from the Netherlands too, leave via the Hook Of Holland.
'The Metro' light railway makes the most sense - it is cheap, quick and convenient. The city centre is compact but hilly so walking is an option for those who can hack it! Parking isn't too easy in the centre so perhaps leave your car at home or out of town. Newcastle covers a large area, contaning many old towns which have been swallowed up by it.
Metro is the cheapest way to get to the city centre in less than 30mins.The ticket costs £2.50 for a single trip.