Getting to Newcastle
Newcastle Intl Airport is just outside of Newcastle — a 20 minute metro ride will get you into the city centre, alternatively there are loads of taxis. A number of low-cost airlines fly into Newcastle — an easy way to find cheap flights from your given originating airport is to use SkyScanner. In particular, there’s a great “month view” that shows you a barchart of the various flights, so you can work out whether it’ll be cheaper to stay an extra day.
Many of the trains into Newcastle are run by Great North Eastern Railway. In particular, there are wireless-enabled trains up from London which take approx. 3 hours from Kings Cross. We use The Trainline to search for fares — there are some nice cheap advance fares if you know exactly when you’ll be coming and going.
The main roads into Newcastle are the A1 and the A19. If you’re coming from the South, depending on the time of day, it can take quite a while to get into the centre of town. For more detailed directions from wherever you’re driving from, we’d suggest Google Maps.
Getting Around Newcastle
In and around Newcastle there’s a good network of buses and the ubiquitous metro. There are cheap daysaver tickets for the buses or metros available, or if you prefer a taxi there are plenty around as well! The closest metro station to the Assembly Rooms is Central Station, although Monument is only approx 15 mins walk away.