Travel

NewcastleGateshead has all the transport links you would expect from a major European City

Air

Newcastle International Airport has daily direct flights from Dubai, Amsterdam, London, Brussels and Paris amongst 80 destinations worldwide. The route from the airport to the city centre is one of the fastest in Europe, taking only 23 minutes on the Tyne and Wear Metro. Metro trains run every 5-15 minutes. Taxis to the city centre cost around £15.

Sea

The North Shields International Ferry Terminal at Port of Tyne is the North of England’s main sea link with Northern Europe. DFDS Seaways operates daily sailings to and from Amsterdam. Taxis to the city centre cost around £13 from the ferry terminal.

Rail

There are direct services to NewcastleGateshead from most major cities in Britain. High-speed links mean it is less than three hours from London and just 90 minutes from Edinburgh and Leeds.

Road

The A1(M) passes through NewcastleGateshead linking the area to the South, Scotland and major routes across the country.

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Central NewcastleGateshead is compact and easy to explore on foot, allowing you to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy its beautiful landmarks and attractions.

Metro

An ideal way to get around as it connects to Newcastle Central Station and Newcastle International Airport.

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Quaylink Buses

A high frequency accessible and easy to use service around central NewcastleGateshead.

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Accommodation

There are more than 7500 city centre bedrooms, just a short distance from the main Games venues. Team Managers will be selecting appropriate accommodation for teams before registration opens and they will advise participants in due course.

Did you know?

Rough Guides named Newcastle as the number one place that should be on travellers’ radars for 2018.

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Welcome to NewcastleGateshead

Stitched together by seven awe-inspiring bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a cultural hub This vibrant and inclusive visitor destination is home to a host of icons including the Angel of the North and the towering figure of Earl Grey, a former UK prime minister, inspiring heritage, acclaimed architecture, world-class culture, award-winning dining and fantastic shopping.

The locals, known as Geordies, are famous for their friendly personalities and their legendary warm welcome and the host city will no doubt roll out the red carpet for competitors. The games will take place at some truly fantastic sporting venues across the destination from Gateshead International Stadium – home to European Athletics and Sport Central at Northumbria University – the state-of-the-art home to the Newcastle Eagles Basketball team.

NewcastleGateshead is known far and wide as a must-see, chic destination. The stunning Quayside at its very heart is a bustle of cultural venues (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead) and is packed with award-winning restaurants. 10 minutes walk away is the Ouseburn Valley, once the cradle of the industrial revolution on Tyneside, this vibrant cultural quarter is home to a range of creative venues (The Cluny, The Biscuit Factory, Northern Print, Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books, a farm and stables as well as quirky cafes and cosy pubs.

The destination is home to many fantastic FREE attractions (Great North Museum, Discovery Museum, Laing Art Gallery, Shipley Gallery). There’s also a varied retail offering mixing independent boutiques with high-street names and boasting one of the UK’s largest city centre malls Intu Eldon Square and Fenwick department store: while Gateshead’s Intu Metro Centre is Europe’s largest shopping centre.

Stay a little longer…

There’s so much to see and do in the city and with great history, a stunningly beautiful coast, rugged countryside and an incredible collection of castles – eight within ten miles – in close proximity, you just might want to stay a little longer.