A thriving coastal city in northeast England, Newcastle Upon Tyne has cast off its former role of a major centre for shipbuilding to become a vibrant hub for tourism, culture and nightlife, all suffused with its distinctive Geordie ambiance. Today's Newcastle is an attractive city with handsome Georgian buildings, a revitalised quayside development, and a modern transport system.
Newcastle International Airport (NCL), situated some 10 kilometres from the city centre, receives regular flights from Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, and from many domestic locations. The fastest way into the city is on the Tyne and Wear Metro system which runs to the downtown Monument Station in around 20 minutes. A slower option is to take a bus operated by Stagecoach.
Excellent rail links making it easy to travel to Newcastle upon Tyne by train. East Coast runs services from major cities such as London and Edinburgh, Cross Country Trains connects with Birmingham, and Transpennine Express travels from Leeds and Manchester. Trains arrive at Newcastle Central Station. Located in the southern part of Grainger Town, it’s also a stop on the Tyne and Wear Metro which offers fast and convenient onward transport.
Buses offer a comfortable way to travel to Newcastle upon Tyne with the 2 major carriers National Express and Megabus offering services from major UK cities. National Express operated 5 daily direct services from London Victoria with the journey taking between 6:30 hours and 7 hours and 55 minutes. Coaches arrive at Newcastle Upon Tyne Coach Station centrally located at the southern end of St James' Boulevard and a short walk from Newcastle Train Station. Megabus runs 4 daily departures from Victoria arriving at John Dobson Street adjacent to Newcastle City Library, across from the Laing Art Gallery.