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Travel Information for North of England and the Scottish Borders

Travel to the North of England and the Scottish Borders

It’s very easy to get to Northumberland, Newcastle, and The Scottish Boarders. It is served by three airports and excellent road and rail links.

Rail to the North of England and Borders

The region is only a three-hour train journey from London King’s Cross, and under an hour from Edinburgh. Various rail companies provide services from all parts of Britain and you can travel to: Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnmouth (near Alnwick), Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh. On the east – west route Northern Rail carries services from Newcastle through Hexham and Haltwhistle to Carlisle. The rail service to and from Newcastle – Carlisle passes through Hadrian’s Wall Country.

Bus services in Northumberland

Bus company Arriva operates services in Northumberland, including Northumberland’s Coast and Castles route, an excellent an inexpensive service that allows users to see the best of coastal Northumberland. Arriva also runs a service from Newcastle through to Hexham and Haltwhistle.

In and around Alnwick Rothbury Motors provides coach trips and coach hire. In and around The Scottish Borders Munro’s of Jedburgh covers bus service between the Borders towns and North Northumberland.

National Express coaches travel to The Scottish Borders and Northumberland from across Britain.

You can travel around Hadrian’s Wall Country on the aptly-aptly named AD122 bus. The service is season and operates until Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. The timetable is here.

You can find more information on local bus services here:

Road networks – North East England and Scottish Borders

Excellent motorway and trunk road links bring you to Northumberland and The Borders. From the west use the M6, and at Carlisle head east at on the A69, or north east towards Hawick on the A7. The M1/A1 leads to Northumberland and runs through the county and into Scotland.  The A68/696 runs through Northumberland and crosses into The Borders at Carter Bar.

Flight information for Newcastle Airport, Edinburgh Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport

Newcastle Airport and Edinburgh Airport serve the region, and a third airport further south, Durham Tees Valley, complements air services.  Each receives flights from across the UK, Europe and around the world. Specifically the airports receive direct flights from the more than 10 European countries, the US, Canada (seasonal), the Emirates.

Newcastle Airport is physically connected to the Tyne and Wear Metro via an indoor walkway. The station is the northern terminus of the green line with frequent, direct services to Newcastle upon Tyne (22 minues). From there you can take the train north.

The airport is connected to the A1 trunk road by the A696 dual carriageway. There are regular bus links to and from the airport into the city and other locations. Stagecoach services X77/X78/X79 are Monday to Saturday daytime services only, with the last journeys being made at around 18:00 hours. Service 74A operates a limited service to Newcastle City Centre at other times.

At Edinburgh Airport work is currently underway on a light rail link from the airport to Edinburgh city centre on the Edinburgh Trams network. The new system will run from an airport station across the western suburbs of Edinburgh on a segregated track; when the trams reach Haymarket railway station they will switch to street-running mode and travel through the city along Princes Street. Edinburgh Trams are expected to begin operation around 2011 or 2012.

Ferry services to Newcastle and Rosyth

Visitors can arrive at Rosyth, north of Edinburgh, from Zeebrugge, and once in Rosyth can use a national bus service or rail service to travel to Inverkeithing rail station and on to The Borders and Northumberland via bus, rail or car. At Newcastle’s Royal Quays ferries arrive from the Netherlands and the terminal is connected to Newcastle’s Central Station by bus.

Note: please check travel information and connecting services before making your journey. We cannot be responsible for services changes or cancellations.

Northumberland, Scottish Borders and Newcastle Gateshead map

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