Newcastle Metro System

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Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Using the Metro Nov 08, 2017
The easiest way for a visitor (or anyone else) to get around Newcastle and the Tyneside area is to take the Metro. The system is easy to use, clean, reliable and generally efficient. There are just two lines – the green one runs between the Airport to the north west of the city and South Hylton on Wearside, while the yellow runs in a “loop with a tail” to connect the coast with the city centre.

You need to buy your ticket in advance from the machines in the station. The stations are arranged in three zones and you pay according to how many zones you’ll be travelling through. As a guide, the cost in October 2017 was £2.90 for a 1-zone Day Saver (for unlimited travel) or £4.00 for two zones. A single fare for one zone is £1.70 and for two, £2.60. If you’re going to be in Newcastle for some time you might like to get a POP pay as you go ticket, which caps travel in a single zone at £2.60 and in two at £3.70, saving a potential 30p a day.

The main stations in the city centre are

Haymarket – for the Civic Centre, some good pubs (including our favourite, the Crows Nest) and the top end of Northumberland Street (start of the shopping district)

Monument – for the shops of Eldon Square and many others, the Theatre Royal and shuttle buses to the Quayside and Metro Centre

Central Station – as the name suggests, for the Central Station and mainline connections, also a fairly easy walk to the Quayside

St James – for the football stadium and also Chinatown

For a bit of extra fun, especially if travelling with small children, try to get the seat at the front of the train – you’ll get a great view ahead down the tracks and the kids can pretend to drive the train!

The only downsides to the Metro that I can see is that it doesn’t run on Bank Holidays and also that it stops running rather early at night – the last train from the city centre is before midnight even on a Saturday, and this is in the so-called “party capital” of Europe!
Metro train, Newcastle
At one of the Metro stations
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
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Newcastle Metro System Oct 06, 2012
More of a suburban rail network, than a 'proper' metro system. Really two lines joined together, one from the airport running to Sunderland and beyond, and the other from South Shields into a circle line via Whitley Bay.

Plenty of stations around the city centre, but they seemed so close together you'd be quicker walking between them than to go down and wait on a train.

Also doesn't go down by the river, understandable given how steep it is.

Opened in 1980, and has been built up in stages, with some stations added to already existing routes. Stations all seem relatively new and, while we were there, it was an open system for travelling, although it looked at two of the stations they were in the process of setting up automatic ticket barriers.

Fares based on a zonal system, over 3 zones, and for us the option for a 2 zone journey was £2-40 single ticket or £3-30 for an all day ticket (bit of a no brainer considering we had to get back :D ).

Trains were small, just two carriages, and service level seemed to be every 12 minutes, which halves at section where the lines run parallel. At peak times on week days that goes down to 3 minutes.

Wallsend Station is unusual though, as it must be the only train station in the UK with the signs in Latin, due to the proximity of Segedunum, but still a nice touch.

Worth considering for getting to and from the airport, or just travelling a bit further afield, but not worth using in and around the city centre.
Newcastle Metro Sign
Manors Station
Newcastle Metro Information
Newcastle Metro Train Directions
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