London to Newcastle-upon-Tyne by Train, Bus, Car and Air

Here's how to get from London to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Newcastle's Millennium Bridge
Newcastle's Millennium Bridge. Getty Images

Travel directions from London to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to help you plan your trip. Use this information to compare transportation options, weigh up all the factors - speed, price, comfort, and convenience - and make a smart travel choice between transportation options.

Read more about  Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

How to Get There by Train

Virgin Trains East Coast have direct train services between  London King's Cross and Newcastle Station leaving every half hour.

The journey takes approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours with round-trip advance fares starting at about £68 if purchased at least a month in advance and as two single/oneway tickets. This is a particularly costly service if you miss the Advance Fare window so make sure you book your tickets well ahead of time.

UK Travel Tip The cheapest train fares are those designated "Advance" - how far in advance depends upon the journey as most rail companies offer advance fares on a first come first served basis. Advance tickets are usually sold as one-way or "single" tickets. Whether or not you buy advance tickets, always compare the "single" ticket price to the round trip or "return" price as it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets rather than one round trip ticket.

It can still be confusing to try to match up cheap tickets with rail times and travel dates. Simplify your life and let the National Rail Enquiries computer do it for you. Use their Cheapest Fare Finder search tool. If you can be flexible about times and dates that's even better. Tick the boxes marked "All Day" in the extreme right of the tool to get the absolute bottom dollar available fare.

By Bus

National Express Coaches operate a regular bus service between London Victoria Coach Station and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Coach Station. The journey takes 6 1/2 to 8 hours and costs start at about £20 each way . Bus services can be booked online.

UK Travel Tip National Express offers a limited number of "funfare" promotional tickets that are very cheap (£6.50 for a £39.00 fare, for example). These can only be purchased on line and they are usually posted on the website a month to a few weeks before the trip. It is worth checking the website to see if "funfare" tickets are available for your chosen journey. Use the National Express Online Fare Finder to find the cheapest tickets. And, as always, a bit of flexibility about dates and time can save you money.

By Car

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is 285 miles northeast of London via the M1, A1(M), M194 and M167 motorways. It takes about 7 1/2 hours to drive and these roads - particulary the M1 - can become clogged with semis and lots of traffic. Keep in mind too that gasoline, called petrol in the UK, is sold by the liter (a little more than a quart) and the price is usually more than $1.50 a quart.

By Air

If you need to get to Newcastle in a hurry, you can always fly. A two airlines fly from London airports to Newcaslte :

Flights take about an hour and 15 minutes. There's a Metro station at Newcastle International Airport that delivers passengers to the city center in 25 minutes. The A1 motorway passes through both Newcastle city center and the airport so If you drive or take a taxi the trip should take about 15 to 20 minutes.