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One of the country's largest cities, Newcastle sits on the banks of the River Tyne, hence its full name. A vibrant northern metropolitan area, Newcastle was once a Roman fort and then from Tudor times a centre for coal exports. The city really started to boom in the 19th century, when it became central to the UK's heavy engineering and shipbuilding industry. Seven bridges cross the river, the most famous being the Tyne Bridge from a design that was based on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Trains running on the London to Newcastle route will soon be replaced by a new fleet of high-spec Azuma trains, operated by London North East Railway (LNER). For more information on Azuma trains, take a look at our Azuma trains page.

Visiting Newcastle

Newcastle has a metro system allowing widespread access to all areas of the city. Visitors can also take a cruise on the river and get a different perspective of both Newcastle and, on the southern side, Gateshead.

The Discovery Museum has in its entrance hall, the Turbinia, one hundred feet long and the first steam turbine powered ship in the world, built by a local engineer. The Newcastle Story exhibition is a walk through the fascinating history of the city and uses animated characters to bring the tales alive.

The interactive Life Science Centre uses the latest in entertainment technology to explain the scientific secrets of life. Imaginative games and 3D motion-simulator rides both entertain and educate. In winter an enormous open-air ice rink opens to the public from November to February.

Art lovers can browse through the Laing Art Gallery, the premier art collection in the North East. The permanent collection exhibits classics of British art, including work by Burne-Jones, Holman Hunt, Ben Nicholson and Gillian Ayres, as well as international representation from Gauguin and Bomberg.

Sculptor Anthony Gormley's monumental Angel of the North can be seen to the south of the city, and from some trains, and has parks and green around it making an excellent picnic area for families.

Why not try First Class?

Did you know can travel in First Class without breaking the bank? That’s right! You can knock the pounds off even the most expensive of train tickets when you book through us and make use of our top tips for saving money on your rail fares. From booking well in advance to using a Railcard, there are so many ways you can save on UK train tickets. Try searching for First Class tickets during Off-Peak hours in our Journey Planner right now! And don’t forget, if you don’t already have our app make sure to download it. You’ll be able to buy mobile tickets while on the go and take a big deal of the stress out of travelling. Whether you want to travel like a rock star or treat that special someone to a First Class experience, we’ve got you covered.

To book First Class, simply search for your route as usual in our Journey Planner and look out for the First Class tickets (they'll appear to the right-hand side of the 'Standard' tickets).

Learn more about First Class train tickets, including what awaits you onboard.

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Newcastle

There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Newcastle to help you save money and explore the city. Whether you are getting a train to Newcastle for work or leisure, our Journey Planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Newcastle is by using a national Railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible Railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in the city. To see the different types of Railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy a card online, check out our Railcards page. Railcards cater to different age ranges and circumstances so, from the Senior Railcard, to the Disabled Persons Railcard and the newly-introduced 26-30 Railcard (Millennial Railcard), you'll be sure to find your match.

Another way to save money on train tickets to Newcastle is by purchasing an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Newcastle. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops or have a night out on the town in mind, simply look out for the “Advance ticket” type when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.

You could also travel at Off-Peak periods, buy Return train tickets instead of two singles and catch the train with 3-9 friends and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our types of train tickets page and see useful ways to get the best value train fares.

Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.


Frequently asked questions

What's the main train station in Newcastle?

The main train station in Newcastle is Newcastle station, which is located just south of the city centre.

Which train companies run trains to Newcastle?

There are a number of trains companies in the UK that operate trains to Newcastle, including LNER, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express.

How can I get cheap train tickets to Newcastle?

It’s easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Newcastle. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.

Are trains running to Newcastle?

Trains run frequently almost every day to Newcastle, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Newcastle.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Newcastle?

Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Newcastle, these include:

  • Two-Together Railcard (Great for couples and friends who always travel together)
  • 16-17 Saver (You can save up to 50% with this one)
  • 16-25 Railcard (Ideal for students)
  • 26-30 Railcard (Also known as the Millennial Railcard)
  • Senior Railcard (For those aged 60 and over)
  • Friends & Family Railcard (Great for families of up to 4 adults with up to 4 kids)
  • Disabled Railcard (If travelling with another adult they can save too)

Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too. 

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