Newcastle Travel Kit

Useful Information to Help You Start Your Trip to Newcastle

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    Our Newcastle Travel Kit lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in the UK. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips.

    It’s all compiled in this Newcastle Travel Kit. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England.

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    Best time to travel to Newcastle (weather-wise)

    Newcastle has an Oceanic climate with average temperatures ranging from 3ºC in winter to 15ºC in summer.

    • Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with an average of 9-12 rainy days per month.
    • July-August is peak tourist season, with hotel and flight prices rising accordingly. As for weather, it’s the best time to visit Newcastle, though. Heat waves can be expected.
    • May-June and September-October are great times to visit, the weather is mostly pleasant, you’ll avoid the peak season’s throngs, and flight and hotel prices are more affordable. Keep a jumper just in case, though.
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    Newcastle basics

    • Primary languages: English
    • Plug Types: G
    • Electricity: 220-240 V
    • Currency: Pound sterling (£)
    • International Dialling code: +44 191
    • Emergency telephone number: 999
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    Getting into the city

    Newcastle International Airport

    Newcastle International Airport sits 6 miles north of Newcastle city centre as the crow flies. One of the busiest airports in Northern England, it features 1 terminal and 1 runway. Newcastle Airport is home to dining and shopping options as well as facilities including banking and currency exchange services. There are several transfer options to reach central Newcastle:

    • A taxi takes around 15-20 minutes and costs roughly £20-55. The Airport Taxis counter can be found next to the domestic arrivals hall. There’s also a taxi rank in front of the terminal.
    • You can also use Uber at Newcastle Airport.
    • The Metro can take you to the city centre in around 20 minutes. It costs roughly £3. The Metro station is inside the terminal.
    • Various buses can also take you downtown for a few pounds. Bus stops are located right opposite the terminal and a short walk away, on the road B6918.
    • Car hire companies’ desks can be found in the terminal.


    If you come to Newcastle by train

    As implies its name, Newcastle Central Railway Station sits in the city centre, a short stroll of the River Tyne. Opened in 1850, it’s a major transport hub home to a few coffee-shops, refreshment facilities, public Wi-Fi and ATM machines. From here, you can get anywhere in Newcastle by metro, bus, taxi or hired car.

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    Getting around Newcastle

    Travel tips

    Getting around Newcastle on foot is the best way to discover the city centre, which is rather compact. Within 1 sq mile you’ll find most of the city’s landmarks and attractions, such as the Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle Castle and the Quayside. Central Newcastle also hosts lively dining and shopping scenes. For longer journeys, Newcastle upon Tyne has a good choice of public and private transport services at hand to get you around the city.

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    Tyne and Wear Metro

    • The Tyne and Wear Metro company operates metro, bus, train and ferry networks. They offer the most convenient and affordable ways to travel around Newcastle.
    • The price of a single metro ticket varies depending on the length of your journey. It starts from £1.80 for a single ride in 1 zone. A 1-day metro ticket in 1 zone costs £3.
    • A 1-day bus ticket valid in all zones costs £7.50.
    • A single ferry ride costs £1.60
    • Tickets can be purchased on the bus/ferry and in metro stations. 
    • You can also apply online to get a prepaid Pop Card which can be used on all public transport networks in Newcastle.

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    Taxi

    • Many taxi and black cab companies operate in Newcastle. You can directly call companies, such as LA Taxis (0191 287 7777), Blueline Taxis (0191 262 6666), and Walker Taxis (0191 265 2237), just to name a few.
    • Many taxi ranks can be found across the city.
    • Taxis can be hailed on the street, unless a taxi rank is nearby. 
    • Payment of the fare by credit card is usually possible but it’s better to ask the driver before you start the journey.
    • Popular apps such as Uber as well as local taxi apps can be used to hail a taxi in Newcastle.
    • Taxi fares are set by the Newcastle City Council, but private companies can apply other rates. The standard meter charge starts at £2.40, then it’s £0.20 for every 200 yards. Rates are higher at night and on weekends.
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    Cycling around Newcastle with Mobike

    • Newcastle features a bike sharing scheme called Mobike. 
    • It offers a cool, affordable and healthy way to explore the city on clear days. 
    • You need to download the Mobike app, register and place a £15 deposit.
    • Mobike’s pricing is based on the amount of time you use the bike.
    • Docking stations can be found throughout Newcastle and Gateshead.

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    Annual events to look out for

    Newcastle Mela

    • What: Discover Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures through music, games, stalls and exhibitions. It’s a free festival held for over 20 years.
    • When: August
    • Where: Exhibition Park


    Great North Run 

    • What: One of the UK’s most popular half marathons. The 13-mile run starts from Exhibition Park in central Newcastle.
    • When: September 
    • Where: Newcastle to South Shields 


    Tyneside Irish Festival

    • What: Performances of some of the best traditiona Irish folk bands.
    • When: October
    • Where: At the Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, NE1 4SG

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