Great North Run 2021 travel information

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Event update - 2021 route change

This year's race, on Sunday 12 September, will start and finish in Newcastle with runners crossing the Tyne Bridge twice. The route will take in Newcastle City Centre on the return leg, before finishing on the Great North Road with the finishers village being built on the Town Moor. Find out more here.

Travel guide

The Great North Run is the busiest Sunday of the year for public transport in Tyne and Wear and this year the run is expected to welcome thousands of runners and spectators, who are all advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

To plan your journey call Nexus on 0191 20 20 747 or use our live travel map 

Information about travelling by Metro on Great North Run day is here. 

There will  be temporary road closures in and around Newcastle city centre, Details about travelling by bus are attached below. 

Travelling to the race start on Newcastle's Central Motorway

The race start is about a 15 minute walk from Haymarket in Newcastle city centre.

  • There’s a Metro station at Haymarket, about a 15 minute walk from the race start
  • Bus information is attached below, listed by bus company and bus number.
  • Parking is free all day on Sundays at the Metro stations marked with a ‘P’ on the Metro map (except at Heworth, which is £1.20 all day). PaybyPhone parking is available at Metro's main car parks. Find out more at nexus.org.uk/park.

Information for Arriva bus customers heading towards Newcastle: customers can transfer onto Metro at Regent Centre (ticket acceptance will be in place between Regent Centre – City Centre up until 8.15pm). Alternatively, customers may also transfer onto Arriva services 46, 54 at Regent Centre or Gosforth High Street, or services 46, 54 & 55 from Blue House roundabout/Jesmond Dene Road for onward travel to City Centre.

Details of opening arrangements at Metro stations are here.

Metro trains, buses and traffic will be extremely busy, so please leave plenty of time to get to the race start.

Advice for spectators

For spectators planning to see friends or relatives take part in the Great North Run, we advise customers to select one location to see them - either at the start and finish areas either side of the Town Moor, or at a midway point, as public transport will be busy all day. 

Getting home from the race finish on Newcastle's Great North Road

  • There’s a Metro station at Jesmond, about a 15 minute walk from the race finish area
  • Bus information is attached below, listed by bus company and bus number, along with a map of where to catch your bus from if it leaves from Newcastle Civic Centre

Information for Arriva bus customers heading out of Newcastle: customers can use the Metro (from Central Station before 1.00pm or from Central Station/Haymarket after 1.00pm) to Regent Centre Interchange.  Alternatively, customers can use Arriva services 46, 54 or 55 from the Civic Centre car park and then connect with other services at Great North Road/Blue House roundabout, Gosforth High Street (46 & 54 only), or Regent Centre Interchange (46 & 54 only).

Information for Stagecoach customers: To access bus services that would normally use Blackett Street, customers are advised to use temporary bus stops on Newgate Street. For bus services that would normally use Pilgrim Street or Market Street, customers are advised to use stops around the Central Station area.

Details of opening arrangements at Metro stations are here.

Metro and buses will be very busy, so please be prepared to wait on the way home.

Tickets

Buying tickets on the day

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Day Rover+-£7.80networkonetickets.co.uk
Explorer North East#-£10.90networkonetickets.co.uk

+If you are travelling by more than one form of public transport within Tyne and Wear, buy a Day Rover ticket. They provide unlimited travel all day on Metro, any bus in Tyne and Wear, Shields Ferry and the Sunderland - Blaydon rail line.

# If you are travelling by more than one form of public transport, including journeys outside Tyne and Wear, buy an Explorer North East ticket. They provide unlimited travel all day on Metro, any bus in Tyne and Wear, most buses from the Scottish Borders in the north, to Richmond in the south and Carlisle in the west, the Shields Ferry and the Sunderland - Blaydon rail line.

Children with an Under 16 Pop card should buy a Child All-day Ticket (CAT) for £1.10. For other child tickets, see the ticket finder on nexus.org.uk.

Take the kids for free :Up to three children aged 11 and under can travel for free on Metro and the Shields Ferry all day, every day when accompanied by a fare paying adult. Find out more here

For information about public transport throughout Tyne and Wear

including Metro, buses, and the Shields Ferry, go to our Live Travel Map or call 0191 20 20 747 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm).

Arriva bus services - arrivabus.co.uk

Go North East bus services - gonortheast.co.uk

Stagecoach bus services - stagecoachbus.com

And keep up to date on the day by following @My_Metro, @StagecoachNE and @gonortheast on Twitter.

 

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