Newcastle

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Getting Around

The city centre is compact, so it is easy to walk around. For journeys outside the central business district there are several options available, which consist of the bus and underground metro, which link the universities to the train station and international airport. Newcastle International Airport flies to several destinations in Europe and offers connections elsewhere via London. It is 30 minutes away from the city centre by metro and is also connected to the city by bus.

The Metro is mapped out into zones ranging from one in the city centre to three on the outskirts. Special passes are available for students at a rate of £44 per month, which offers unlimited travel across all areas. For information go to a Nexus travel shop with proof of enrolment and a passport photo.

The other option for international students is a £189 term-time student bus card, available from Arriva, which can be used on services across the whole of the north east of England. Buying an annual ticket works out at £11 per week and congestion is kept to a minimum thanks to designated bus lanes. Haymarket Bus Station services generally head north of the city and buses from Eldon Square go south, while St James Boulevard coach station sells tickets further afield.

Newcastle Central Station is the hub for rail travel outside the city, principally using the East Coast Main Lane train track. Manors is the only other station in the city with limited services. There is a metro platform inside the station, bus stop and taxi rank for connections. Buying a young person’s railcard can slash train prices by a third. International students can check Traveline to plan their way around.