Why book trains to Newcastle?
Perched on the banks of the River Tyne around 300 miles north of London, the city of Newcastle is the regional economic hub for northeast England and boasts a long history, fine architecture, great shopping opportunities and beautiful scenery. Famed for its distinctive Geordie accent and sense of humour and the friendly people, Newcastle and Gateshead is one of the UK’s trendiest cities and one of the most popular destinations for short city breaks.
Advance fares and split tickets to Newcastle
Booking train tickets to Cardiff up to three months before you travel or splitting your train tickets could save you up to 80% on the cost of fares bought on the day of departure. Here are just a few of the cheap Newcastle fares you could get by booking early
|Journey||Walk up fare price||Advance fare price||Advance Saving|
|London – Newcastle||£120.90||£29.00||£91.90|
|Leeds – Newcastle||£49.00||£11.50||£37.50|
|Wolverhampton – Newcastle||£ 108.50||£34.70 (advance split tickets)||£73.80|
|Nottingham – Newcastle||£82.50||£23.70 (advance split tickets)||£58.80|
|Manchester – Newcastle||£64.90||£14.30 (advance split tickets)||£50.60|
|Glasgow – Newcastle||£60.90||£11.25||£49.65|
|Exeter – Newcastle||£180.10||£63.50||£116.60|
Walk on fares shown are a mixture of super off-peak, off peak singles and anytime singles where off peak tickets are not available. The Advance fares shown are all advance singles for standard class travel, sold subject to availability before the date of travel & checked on 27.02.16.
Getting trains to Newcastle
- Newcastle lies on the East Coast Mainline, which links London with Edinburgh via a number of major stations including Peterborough, Newark, York, Durham and Leeds.
- Virgin Trains East Coast services run regularly from London King’s Cross with a journey time of just under three hours. Direct trains also run from Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Sheffield.
- The Tyne and Wear Metro connects Newcastle upon Tyne with Gateshead, Tyneside and Sunderland consists of two lines and provides transport into the city’s suburbs and a link to Newcastle Airport
What to Visit
Newcastle began as a fort on Hadrian’s wall and gained its name when William the Conqueror asked his son to build a ‘new castle,’ so why not climb the Norman castle to admire the panoramic views from the battlements! Other major attractions in the city include the Life Science Centre, Great North Museum and The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Spend some time in St Nicholas’ Cathedral and admire the architecture in Grainger Town, the historic heart of the city. Football fans will enjoy Newcastle United’s home stadium St James’ Park or the Stadium of Light, home to Sunderland AFC and whatever your interests, Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, Britain’s largest landmark, is well worth a visit. The River Tyne is spanned by seven bridges amongst them the iconic Tyne Bridge with its famous arch and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Newcastle also boasts three shopping centres with a mixture of independent boutiques, high street favourites and designer stores. The city’s thriving nightlife needs no introduction but there arare clubs and pubs in the city centre and the modern Quayside area and regular performances and events at the Sage Gateshead and the Theatre Royal.
Tips For Finding Cheap Trains To Newcastle
1) Cheap train tickets to Newcastle are released in very limited numbers and on a first come, first served basis so plan ahead and book well in advance as soon as you know you’ll be travelling.
2) Advance fares are frequently sold until 6pm the night before travel, cheap train tickets offering savings of up to 30% on the cost of tickets bought on the day, may still be available even if you leave until the last minute to book.
3) Advance train tickets will limit you to travelling on the trains booked so even if you’re unable to commit to travelling on a specific train, avoid rush hour travel– off peak trains are cheaper. It’s also worth searching for slower ‘overtaken’ trains to find cheaper rail fares.
4) Where two or more companies run services along the route or there is more than one way to get to your destination e.g. going via, or avoiding London, comparing the prices of different train companies and different routes could be a money saver.
5) Last but not least if there are no advance rail fares on your route or you need flexible rail tickets, split ticketing or breaking up a journey into several bits with a separate train ticket for each leg could reduce the cost of your train travel.