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Getting Here on Open Day

Northumbria University has two separate campuses - Newcastle City Campus and Coach Lane Campus, both located within Newcastle upon Tyne.

Newcastle upon Tyne is a regional capital and is just under three hours away from London by the fastest rail service, whilst Edinburgh (Scotland's capital) is only an hour away. Newcastle has its own International Airport, whilst regular ferry services operate to and from Northern Europe. Road travel, by coach or car, is particularly easy as Newcastle stands on the premier north-south route in the UK. Once in Newcastle itself, the extensive local public transport system, including the Metro* (Tyneside's own underground), makes getting around very easy.

The A1(M) passes through Newcastle upon Tyne linking the area to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across the country. The A69 links west to Carlisle, the Lake District and, via the M6, to the South and West of England.

Car Parking for City Campus 

The public car parks listed below are all within easy walking distance of the campus.

Please use the following postcodes:  

MEA House public car park Ellison Place NE1 8SX
119 spaces, 7 disabled

College Street public car park College Street NE1 8JG
73 spaces, 5 disabled

Civic Centre public car park Sandyford Road NE2 1DF
280 spaces, 5 disabled

Manors public car park Trafalgar Street NE1 2LA
634 spaces

Journey Planner

Use the following online tools to help you plan your journey to Newcastle upon Tyne.

• Google maps

Journey information from destinations within the UK 

Location Distance - km Distance - miles
Aberdeen 402 250
Birmingham 341 212
Bristol 486 302
Cardiff 518 322
Carlisle 93 58
Edinburgh 192 119
Exeter 600 372
Glasgow 243 151
Hull 227 141
Leeds 153 95
Liverpool 278 173
London 444 276
Manchester 230 143
Nottingham 267 166
Plymouth 666 414
Sheffield 208 129
Southampton 528 328
York 142 88

All journey times and distances are approximate. Northumbria University makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information but cannot accept responsibility for any error or change of details after this date.

There are two major bus stations in the city centre, Haymarket and Eldon Square. 

Arriva mainly operates from Haymarket Bus Station providing services to the north of Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside. Go North East operates from Eldon Square Bus Station, providing services south of the river in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham. Stagecoach is the primary operator in the city centre, with cross-city services between both the West and East ends.

Stagecoach also operates the number 1 bus which staff and students can use free of charge with their University pass to travel between our City and Coach Lane campuses.

Newcastle upon Tyne is also well-connected by long-distance coaches to other major cities in the UK. National Express operate from Newcastle Coach Station, located on St James' Boulevard in the city centre, a five-minute walk from the city's railway station and Central Station on the Tyne and Wear Metro. Megabus operates from John Dobson Street, a 5 minute walk from Northumbria University City Campus.

Direct rail services run from many UK cities to Newcastle Central Station. Virgin East Coast operate the East Coast mainline from London King's Cross to Scotland via Newcastle, and the CrossCountry route links the region with Scotland, the Midlands and the South West. Northern Rail operate from Carlisle, Teesside and beyond, while TransPennine Express services run from Manchester, Liverpool and stations across Yorkshire.

Newcastle Central Station is within easy walking distance of many central destinations and is well connected by Metro, QuayLink, bus and taxi. Station facilities include travel information, left luggage, toilets, cafés, a bar and cash machines.

Onward travel to Northumbria University

To reach our City Campus by foot will take approximately 15 minutes or you can take the Metro to Haymarket. To reach our Coach Lane Campus, take the Metro to Four Lane Ends, which is a 10 minute walk to the campus.

If you are planning a trip to Newcastle upon Tyne and looking for trains times and information please click on relevant train operator links above.

Journey information from destinations within the UK

Location Travel time
Aberdeen 4h
Birmingham 2h 50mins
Bristol 4h 30mins
Cardiff 5h 10mins
Carlisle 1h 20mins
Edinburgh 1h 25mins
Exeter 6h
Glasgow 2h 30mins
Hull 2h 20mins
Leeds 1h 25mins
Liverpool 3h
London 2h 50mins
Manchester 2h 20mins
Nottingham 3h
Sheffield 1h 45mins
Southampton 4h 45mins
York 1h

All journey times and distances are approximate. Northumbria University makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information but cannot accept responsibility for any errors.

Newcastle International Airport is located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) from the city centre on the northern outskirts of the city, and is the largest airport serving the North East region. It is connected to the city via the Metro light rail system, and a journey into Newcastle city centre takes approximately 25 minutes.

If you are planning a trip to Newcastle upon Tyne and looking for flights visit the Newcastle International Airport website for more information.

From Newcastle International Ferry Terminal, at North Shields, Danish DFDS Seaways run a service to IJmuiden (near Amsterdam).

Metro is the North East's urban transit system. With 60 stations spread across the heart of Tyne and Wear you can easily travel from Sunderland, Gateshead and across Newcastle to visit Northumbria University.

Visitors by car should take the A1058 Coast Road, which runs between Newcastle and Tynemouth: the Coach Lane Campus exit is sign posted. The campus is approximately 1 mile from the Coast Road turn off.

The University address for our Coach Lane Campus is Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7XA.

Please note that SATNAV devices using the above postcode will direct travellers to a nearby residential estate.

In order to arrive promptly, please refer to this map not SATNAV once you are approaching the campus.

Coach Lane Campus is 3 miles east of Newcastle in the suburb of Benton.

The nearest Metro (Newcastle's light rail system) Station is Four Lane Ends which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the campus. There are Metro Stations at Central Station and Newcastle International Airport. If you are travelling to the campus from the Airport, you will need to change Metros at South Gosforth. The nearest Metro Station to the City Campus is Haymarket.

The Number 1 bus runs every 8-10 minutes and has pick-up points opposite Central Station and outside the Civic Centre (opposite the City Campus). This bus stops either inside Coach Lane Campus or just outside, depending on the time of day.

During Open Days a free shuttle bus will run for visitors between City Campus and Coach Lane Campus.

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