Public transport


The nearest metro station to Northumbria Students’ Union is: Haymarket, which is in Zone A.
Passengers using the line from Tynemouth may wish to alight at Manors, and walk through City Campus East to the Students’ Union (5 minutes walk).

Metro services run between Haymarket and the Airport, the Coast (Longbenton, Whitley Bay, North Shields & Wallsend), South Shields or South Hylton (Sunderland) every 12 minutes during the daytime, and every 15 minutes in the evening. Services run between South Gosforth and Pelaw every 3-4 minutes (peak) and every 6-8 minutes (off-peak).


Local services operated by Arriva or Go North East (from the North and East) terminate at Haymarket Bus Station, which is less than 10 minutes walk from the Students’ Union.
Local services operated by Go North East, Stagecoach or Arriva (from the South and West) terminate at Eldon Square Bus Station, which is 10 minutes walk from the Students’ Union.

Most regional bus services in the North East also terminate at Eldon Square Bus Station.

Cross-City services operated by Stagecoach stop on Sandyford Road (outside the Civic Centre), John Dobson Street (outside City Pool) or Blackett Street (next to Old Eldon Square), and are all within 10 minutes walk of the Students’ Union.

Coach Links

The nearest coach station is: Newcastle Central Bus Station.

National Express operates a regular coach service to and from their Newcastle Central Bus Station, which is about five minutes walk from Central Station. Megabus services arrive and depart from the coach bay outside Central Library.

Rail Links

The nearest railway station is: Newcastle Central Station.

The station on the east coast main line, and provides excellent rail links to London, Edinburgh and other cities throughout Britain.
Local services from Middlesbrough,  Hexham, Carlisle and Morpeth all stop at Newcastle. Passengers using the line from Chathill, Morpeth and Cramlington may wish to alight at Manors if the train stops there, and walk through City Campus East to the Students’ Union (5 minutes walk).

A number of train companies operate to and from Newcastle, including Cross Country Trains and TransPennine Express.

The station is about 20 minutes walk from the Students’ Union or five minutes by Metro.

Walking directions

Newcastle Central Station is undergoing major redevelopment outside the main entrance. Leave Central Station through the main doors, and turn immediately right inside the tunnel. Cross over the taxi rank to get to the pedestrian lights, then cross Neville Street and bear left towards the steps down to the Metro. You’re now on Grainger Street, so walk straight up; you’ll need to cross at the traffic lights near The Mile Castle, but keep walking up the hill, past Yates. Where the road crosses Newgate Street / Bigg Market (Boots, Greggs & KFC on the corners), cross at the traffic lights, and keep walking straight on until you come to the pedestrianised area, where you need to cross the road at Barclays Bank. Walk up the pedestrianised area, passing Subway, Dr Martens, Calvin Klein, Urban Outfitters and other shops until you come to Monument.

At Monument, walk around it to the right (so keep the Monument on your left, and you’ll pass on your right – in this order – Pret A Manger, the entrance to Monument Metro, Basement and the Charles Grey) and you’ll end up on Blackett Street, which is also pedestrianised. Cross over where you can (it’s a single lane with vehicles – anything other than a car – going in both directions, so be careful), and keep walking eastbound until you come to Northumberland Street.

Northumberland Street is pedestrianised, so walk all the way to the very top, and go past Haymarket Metro Station on your left. On your right will be Lloyds Bank, turn right here onto St Mary’s Place. Walk along this road past Greggs, Get Stuffed & Munchies and you’ll come to The Five Swans, where you can use the traffic lights to cross over John Dobson Street. Keep walking along St Mary’s Place, and cross College Street at the traffic lights. Keep walking along the footpath straight ahead – you’ll pass the phonebox and the library building on your left – and you’ll enter Northumbria University’s Quad. The Students’ Union building is now directly in front of you – it’s recognisable by the massive glass entrance structure, head for this to get inside!

Air Links

Newcastle International Airport operates domestic services to major cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Aberdeen and Glasgow. There is a Metro station in the airport terminal building.

By Taxi
Taxis are available outside the airport at all times every day of the week. A taxi to the Students’ Union should cost around £15 per journey; however it is normal to ask how much the journey will cost before you get into the car. You should be given a price which would normally not vary by more than one or two pounds. If you use airport taxis – see link above – you can pay by cheque, cash or all major credit cards. If you use another taxi company you would normally have to pay cash so please ensure you have sterling with you.

Taking a taxi is simple – just step outside the airport and there should be taxis waiting. Alternatively, you can ask at any airport information desk and they will help you.

By Metro
Newcastle airport is on the city’s Metro line and has a Metro station within the airport itself, putting it just 25 minutes from the city centre. The metro services are frequent – trains run every 12 minutes on average, and are the quickest and least expensive way to get to Newcastle.

By Bus
There are regular bus services from the airport terminal to Newcastle city centre. Full timetables for Metro and bus services can be found on the Nexus website.

Sea Links

Car ferry services operate to Tyneside from Scandinavia and Germany. The North Shields International Ferry Terminal at Royal Quays (Tyne Commission Quay) is seven miles east of Newcastle. Bus services run from the terminal building to the city centre.