The Festival welcomes local people and visitors from outside the region. A map showing all the Festival venues can be viewed and enlarged opposite. Festival venues in Newcastle and Gateshead are all within walking distance. Information about travel to individual Festival events outside Newcastle and Gateshead (at Seaton Delaval Hall in South East Northumberland and Jarrow in South Tyneside) can be found on those event pages.
For information about where to eat, sleep, and drink during the Festival go to:
See our tickets page for information about the easiest way to buy tickets for the Festival.
For all general enquiries about visiting the Festival email:
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TRAVEL: Getting to Newcastle
General information about traveling to Newcastle can be found here:
The main airport for direct domestic and European flights is Newcastle International Airport:
A Metro train operates between Newcastle International Airport and central Newcastle (7 miles).
Check National Rail Enquiries for all national and local train timetables:
The following national services run trains to Newcastle:
East Coast mainline from London and
First TransPennine Express from North West England:

CrossCountry from Penzance to Aberdeen:
The A1(M) links with Scotland; the M6 links with Scotland and the West of England; and the M1/M6 links with the South. Typical journey times are approximately: 2 hours from Edinburgh, 3 hours from Manchester and 5 hours from London.
DFDS Seaways operate a daily ferry service between Amsterdam and Newcastle.
TRAVEL: In the North East
For Metro and buses in Tyne and Wear:

The Tyne and Wear Metro has 60 stations serving Newcastle and Gateshead. Approximate Metro journey times are 5mins between Newcastle and Gateshead.
For public transport in the whole region: