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If you’re planning on travelling to Newcastle for the Great Exhibition of The North then, in our opinion, there really is only one way to travel.

Getting here couldn’t be simpler, with direct services from London, York and Edinburgh. You’ll be able to fly through the countryside and be relaxed and ready to explore the Great Exhibition of The North as soon as you step off the train.

If you’re travelling from London there are 31 direct services per week day, getting you here from 2hrs 49mins.

If you’re travelling from York there are even more direct services, with 34 trains per week day taking just over 1hrs on average.

And if you’re travelling from Edinburgh it’s from 1hrs 27mins, with 26 direct services per week day.

See, it really is that simple.

What’s more, the booking window is open six months before you travel  (if you’re travelling during the week) and three months before you travel (if it’s on a weekend). So what are you waiting for?


As International Gateway to the Great Exhibition of the North, flights from all the major airports and hubs across Europe and the UK land at Newcastle International Airport every day.

Car hire is available at the airport, and the city centre is about a 30 minute drive away. You can also take the Metro direct from the airport too, straight into a number of stops in the city.

Last year, Newcastle International was named Best UK Airport for the second successive year by, awarded Airport of the Year at the North of England Transport Awards and was placed fifth in a list of happiest airports in the world. Most recently, it was named best in its category for customer satisfaction in Europe at Airport Council International’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards and best-value UK airport by Skyscanner.

Newcastle Airport website







If you’re heading over to us from Liverpool, Manchester or Leeds in the west, just get onto the M62 and keep on going until it turns into the M1. If you’re on the west coast, take the scenic route across the A69, coming in from the west of Newcastle.

If you’re coming up from London and the south you can take the M1 / A1, passing our Angel Of The North and then straight into the city. Cross the iconic Tyne Bridge that links NewcastleGateshead and you’re here.

If you’re driving from Scotland and the north you can head down the A1 and hit Newcastle via the North or West roads.

Make sure you check your route on the AA’s route planner before you head off too.

Car Parking

There are a number of car parks and on street across Newcastle and Gateshead. If you know which venues you’re planning to visit you can view the nearest car parks on this map.

More information about parking in Newcastle 

More information about parking in Gateshead




Possibly our favourite way to travel, DFDS operate ferry crossings to our International Passenger Terminal at the Port of Tyne from Amsterdam, taking passengers with cars as well as those on foot.

Taxis from the ferry terminal into the city centre cost about £10, and regular buses run into the city too.



You can catch the coach to and from NewcastleGateshead, with services running all over the country to Newcastle Bus Depot. National Express; will have you in NewcastleGateshead from London in under 8 hours by coach. StageCoach Buses also run a service where you can arrive direct from Kings Cross St Pancras.

A little bit closer to home, Nexus operate buses throughout the North East region.

And of course there’s our famous Metro system – the tube for North East. Perfect for scooting around NewcastleGateshead in double quick time.