London to Newcastle

From London to Newcastle is a journey of just under 300 miles (480 kms). Despite the distance it is straightforward to get there, whether by bus, train, or by driving. There are two bus services and they both stop in the city centre. There are fast direct trains services from London too, and the drive should take about five hours.

Newcastle Quayside at Sunset

Driving to Newcastle from London

It is a direct drive from London to Newcastle, which is about 300 miles (480 kms) due north of the capital. Under normal traffic conditions the journey should be possible in about five hours.

Directions: Leave London heading north on the A1, and stay on it! The A1 goes all the way to Newcastle, and for certain stretches is of motorway standard, when it becomes the A1(M). An alternate route is to take the A41 and then the A406 through north west London, until you reach the M1. You can then take the M18 for a short stretch to join the A1(M), which takes you to Newcastle. In our view the A1 route is simpler, especially if you’re not familiar with driving in the UK, and it is usually less prone to traffic delays.

London to Newcastle by Train

There are frequent direct fast trains from London’s King’s Cross Station to Newcastle. In busy periods there are two trains per hour. Journey time varies from just under to just over three hours. Newcastle Station is right in the city centre. You can often find the best train ticket prices online at the RailEasy website.

London to Newcastle by Bus

National Express has several direct bus services a day from London to Newcastle upon Tyne. The journey time is between 6 hrs 30 mins and 7 hrs 30 mins, depending on the route, so try to book on one of the faster coaches. Buses leave from London’s Victoria Coach Station, and arrive in Newcastle at the coach station on St James’ Boulevard in the city centre. Check times and fares on the National Express website.

Megabus also operates coach services to Newcastle from London’s Victoria Coach Station. The Megabus arrives in Newcastle in Neville Street, which is also in the city centre. There are slightly fewer services per day than with National Express, the journey times are similar, but fares are usually cheaper, especially if booked in advance on the Megabus website.

Flights from London to Newcastle

The budget airline Flybe hastwo daily return flights to Newcastle from London's Stansted Airport. 

Newcastle Airport is about 7 miles northwest of the city centre with good connections by bus, train, taxi and the Tyne and Wear Metro light rail system.

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