There are direct train services from most cities in Britain to Newcastle. National rail enquiries: 08457 484950. It is served by East Coast trains 08457 225225, Virgin Cross Country and Regional Railways 0871 977 4222.
It takes 2 hours 45 minutes from London, and 1 hour 20 minutes from Edinburgh.
To book train seats between Edinburgh and Newcastle, call either Virgin 0844 556 5650 or East Coast 08457 225225, or phone the national rail enquiry service on (see above) with any other queries.
Newcastle is easily accessible. The A1(M) goes through the middle of it. If you are coming by car, there is limited parking at Newcastle station, and the charge is £7 a day. There’s also the 635-space Tyne Square Car Park nearby, which does special rates for five or seven day parking of around £5.50 a day – 0191 243 8294
The Tourist Information Centre in Newcastle is 0191 277 8000. Edinburgh TIC is 0131 332 2433 or www.visitscotland.com.
Newcastle Airport is only 20 minutes from the city centre and there are regular and frequent links to many European cities, including Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, along with international connections to the rest of the world. There are also direct flights to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Wick, Dublin and Belfast. 08701 221488 or www.newcastleairport.com
The International Ferry Terminal at Royal Quays is the North of England’s main sea link with Scandinavia and Continental Europe and operates regular passenger services from Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. DFDS Seaways 0191 293 6262.
If you do not feel like cycling back to Newcastle after the 200-mile journey, then jump on a train. They are fast, regular and bike-friendly (there’s no extra charge for the bike). To book train seats, see details below.