Map &

Been here?
Rate it

Top Tours

The York Pass
From GBP38.00
Hexham Abbey Guided Tour Including Lunch or Afternoon Tea at the Refectory
From GBP14.00
Private Guided Snowdonia and Conwy Day Trip from Conwy Valley
From GBP500.00

Metro Tips (22)

The Metro

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.

EasyMalc's Profile Photo
Jun 13, 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.

iaint's Profile Photo
May 20, 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.

Britannia2's Profile Photo
Apr 22, 2015

Metro from the Airport to the City

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).

zadunajska8's Profile Photo
Mar 18, 2012
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near Newcastle upon Tyne

Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 2AN, United Kingdom
Show Prices
73 Osborne Rd. Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2AN, United Kingdom
Show Prices
Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 2EY, United Kingdom
Show Prices
13-15 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 2AE, United Kingdom
Show Prices
Stone Cellar Road, High Usworth Washington, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle, NE37 1PH, United Kingdom
Show Prices
5 Osbourne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2AA, United Kingdom
Show Prices

Day metro ticket


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

Jun 27, 2011

The Metro

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

toontraveller's Profile Photo
Apr 04, 2011

Metro tickets

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".

Jul 17, 2007

An easy way to get around

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!

toonsarah's Profile Photo
Jan 04, 2007

Top 5 Newcastle upon Tyne Writers

toonsarah's Profile Photo


"A city and its river"
View Member
stevezero's Profile Photo


"Many Bridges To Cross"
View Member
sourbugger's Profile Photo


"It's a different land"
View Member
sandysmith's Profile Photo


View Member
dazherg's Profile Photo


"The Toon"
View Member

Good Links

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.

Nov 22, 2005

Metro all day rider after 9am

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.

jhorsfield30's Profile Photo
Jun 04, 2005

It's a part of everyday life

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)

sourbugger's Profile Photo
Sep 07, 2004

Stand Clear of the doors Please !

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...

dazherg's Profile Photo
Feb 20, 2004

Things To Do Near Newcastle upon Tyne

Things to Do


Tucked away behind the popular Gate entertainment complex is this lovely peaceful haven amid the bustle of the city. A grassy square dotted with traces of ruined buildings is surrounded on three sides...
View More
Things to Do

Centre for Life

The Centre for Life opened in Newcastle back in the year 2000, but we have only just got round to visiting. Our perception had been that this is largely a place for children and families, rather than...
View More
Things to Do

Grey Street

The image of Newcastle as a shipbuilding city with a party town atmosphere tends to hide the fact that it has some wonderful classical buildings, especially in the area known as Grainger Town....
View More
Things to Do


Also known as The Response, this is one of the most impressive war memorials in the country. It was commissioned by a local couple, Sir George and Lady Renwick, and given to the city of Newcastle in...
View More
Things to Do

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Newcastle is one of the most famous theatre’s in the country and in its 170 year history has played host to the biggest names in dance, drama, music and comedy. Theatre Royal presents...
View More
Things to Do

St Andrew's Church

I spotted this church when I was visiting Newcastle. It is not far from St James’ park (home of Newcastle United) Greek Orthodox services are held here once a month. This is the oldest church in...
View More

Getting to Newcastle upon Tyne


We don't yet have an address for this Transportation. Help us improve our info!


We don't yet have hours for this Transportation. Help us improve our info!