Public transport

A dedicated website Traveline can help you identify which services will be the best for you on your visit.


All Metro stations are accessible by level access, ramps or lifts. There are also low floor buses with powered or manual ramps for easy access and dedicated wheelchair space. The Shields Ferry connects North Shields and South Shields. Please view our metro map to find your nearest metro.

How to get here

By car

Travelling from the north on the A1, take the A19 (Tyne Tunnel) and follow the signs to either the A191 (Whitley Bay) or the A1058 (Tynemouth). From the south on the A1 take the A194 and then the A19 (Tyne Tunnel). Once through the Tyne Tunnel take the A1058 towards Tynemouth. There is a toll at the Tyne Tunnel. Pay your toll by midnight the day after your journey online at, via the TT2 app, using the automated telephone payment line on 0191 574 0030 or at any PayPoint retailer. You can also purchase your journeys in advance. To plan where you might park please use our parking map


The Northbound Tyne Tunnel is closed for 36 weekends between 7 June 2024 and 3 March 2025.

Closures will begin at 8pm on the Friday of each scheduled weekend with normal operation resuming on the following Monday at 6am.

On maintenance weekends, the Southbound tunnel will be bi-directional – a single lane carrying traffic north and a single lane going south.

This is to allow for mid-term maintenance to take place and to ensure the longevity of the tunnels for generations to come.

For more information and updates, please visit:

By air

Newcastle International Airport is around 30 minutes away by car. There is a Metro Station too - the journey time to the coast is around 45 minutes (change at South Gosforth).

By rail

Newcastle Central Station is on the East Coast Mainline with regular services to and from London, Edinburgh, York and beyond. Take the Metro to the coast or hop in a taxi.

By cycle

If you're doing the Sea to Sea or North Sea click the links for further information. You can also visit the Sustrans website.

By coach

National Express coaches have a pick-up / drop-off point on Park Avenue in Whitley Bay.

By sea

DFDS Seaways operate a daily service to and from Ijmuiden - the port of Amsterdam - and the Port of Tyne in North Shields is where the ferries arrive. A short taxi or Metro (Percy Main, 20 minutes walk) journey takes passengers to local accommodation or attractions like Royal Quays Outlet Centre (walking distance), Tynemouth village, Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum or local accommodation. The Port also welcomes many cruise ships from around the world every year. Within walking distance of the Port you'll find Royal Quays Outlet Centre, Brewer's Fayre pub and a place to stay - Premier Inn.