Getting around in Tyne & Wear
With all the things to do in Newcastle and the surrounding areas transport is a primary factor. Travelling around by car is quite simple, with major roads running throughout Newcastle taking you to all directions of the compass, and the Coast Road taking you to the beaches at the mouth of the Tyne river, or head to the north and west to visit the Northumberland countryside and attractions such as Hadrian’s Wall.
For people looking to leave the car behind Newcastle has a wide variety of public transport which has led to Newcastle being voted as Conde Nast’s “easiest city to get around in England”. Metro links are dotted throughout the city and the surrounding area, taking you from the heart of Newcastle city centre to Newcastle Airport, Gateshead, Sunderland and Tynemouth, with many locations in between. Busses run regularly throughout Tyne and Wear, and all information and timetables can be found through the Nexus services, or with travel kiosks at the major interchanges at Eldon Square and Haymarket.
Walking around Newcastle is a fantastic way to experience what the city has to offer. Grey Street runs south of Grey’s Monument and was voted “Best Street in the UK” for 2010 and features beautiful Victorian architecture and the Theatre Royal. Northumberland Street provides wide aisles and access to a range of high street brands and an entrance to Eldon Square for those wanting to shop out of the way of the elements.
For those looking to take a leisurely method of travel the Tyne ferry provides 1-3 hour long river cruises along the Tyne river through May to September, or more regular travel across the Tyne between North and South Shields.
Newcastle Central Station is currently being revamped and provides a major thoroughfare for travel from London’s King Cross to Edinburgh and everywhere in between for those looking to go beyond the Tyne & Wear area.