Escape to Newcastle upon Tyne for a holiday to remember
Explore northeast England with a trip to the fantastic city of Newcastle upon Tyne. More commonly known as Newcastle, you’ll have a blast in this quintessential English city. Wander through museums and galleries, stroll along the River Tyne, or take the kids to experience the science centre. Spend an evening out and catch a play at one of the city’s theatres, dine in one of the many delicious restaurants, or hit the town to experience the incredible nightlife Newcastle has to offer.
A trip to Newcastle will be one you’ll be talking about for years to come. Hiring a car in Newcastle upon Tyne and the entire county is your oyster. What better way to spend a holiday than exploring an area rich in history, culture and the arts.
Begin your holiday by booking a rental car with Airport Rentals
Hiring a car for your holiday can often be the last thing on your mind. Bump it up your to-do list and check it off in minutes by booking with Airport Rentals.
We work with an extensive network of suppliers to bring you the best deals on a wide variety of rental brands. Simply pop in a few of your travel details such as dates and age of driver, and view all of the suitable vehicles available on those days. Easily narrow down your options by using handy filters for car type, transmission, group size and more.
Whether you’re after a luxury SUV, a people carrier, or a compact car, you can find it all for a great price at Airport Rentals.
A brief guide to Newcastle International Airport
Fly into Newcastle International Airport from major cities around the United Kingdom, including Aberdeen, London Heathrow, Cardiff, and Bristol. Stay for a drink and a light meal at the cafe, get in some shopping at one of several stores, or upload your travel photos using the free WiFi. Rental car companies Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Interrent, Enterprise, Alamo, and National have pick-up kiosks located on the ground floor, opposite the domestic arrivals gate. Pick up your keys and be on your way.
Driving from the airport to Newcastle upon Tyne
After loading your luggage into your hired car, navigating to the centre of Newcastle is easy. The airport is located just 6 miles northwest of the city and will take you approximately 9 minutes to drive there, and vice versa. From the airport, take the A696 which turns into the A167, and follow the signs to the CBD. If you’d prefer to pick up your rental car from the city, you can hop on a bus from the airport. The trip will take around 30 minutes.
Driving in England is pretty straightforward, however it’s always important to know the road rules before getting behind the wheel. Take note of these helpful tips.
● Motorists in England drive on the left hand side. Acquaint yourself with this change if you are flying in from an international location.
● Roads in England can be quite windy and narrow at times. Always drive carefully around corners, especially in the countryside.
● At a roundabout, always give way to your right.
● Distance and speed are measured in miles. In urban areas, the speed limit is 30mph, and on the motorways up to 70mph.
Where to park at Newcastle Airport and in the city
Newcastle International Airport has three available car parks: short stay, medium stay and long stay. There is also an Express Car Park for picking up and dropping off. All car parks are situated just outside the terminal building, and rates begin at £2.50. Newcastle Airport encourages travellers to book a car park with their secure online booking form.
Finding a park in Newcastle upon Tyne is not difficult; there are 8 multi-story car parks, and 44 uncovered ones. Most of the car parks are ‘pay and display’, however street parking requires the use of ticket machines, with the option to pay by mobile phone. Ticket machines do not give change, so it’s good to have coins in your pocket if paying with cash. Always double check the time restrictions before you park your hired car.
Laugh until your belly hurts with comedy events, or eat your way through fusion food festivals; Newcastle has every type of event you can imagine. Scattered throughout the year, Newcastle proudly hosts fantastic annual events which are not to be missed.
Museums, science centres, art galleries and poetry halls are just some of the things you will experience in Newcastle upon Tyne. Also nearby and easily accessible by rental car is the town of Gateshead, where there are multiple attractions well worth a visit.