With road closures as well as limited parking, public transport is the best way to get to or from the Great North Run for both runners and spectators. There will be extra bus services, Metro trains and ferry trips throughout the day to help you get around as quickly and easily as possible.
Race start - Newcastle
Travelling to the race start
The race start is about a 15 minute walk from Haymarket in Newcastle city centre.
- There’s a Metro station, and bus station at Haymarket, as well as buses going to nearby Eldon Square bus station and many on-street bus stops.
- Shuttle bus services will also be running to Haymarket (St Mary's Place and Percy Street) and Barras Bridge from the finish area in South Shields - see the race start map attached below for details.
- 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). Find out more at nexus.org.uk/park.
Metro trains, buses and traffic will be extremely busy, so please leave plenty of time to get to the race start.
Details of opening arrangements at Jesmond, Haymarket and Manors Metro stations are detailed here and shown on the race start map attached below. Closing times may vary depending on the operational requirements on the day.
Advice for spectators
If you want to see friends or relatives take part in the run, we recommend that you just choose one place to see them - at the race start in Newcastle, or somewhere on the route, or at the race finish in South Shields. It is almost impossible to see a runner in more than one location, as public transport will be very busy, and because it takes time to reach the route.
If you're heading to the race finish:
- Take the Metro from Haymarket or Monument to South Shields - there will be a train every 7½ minutes once the race has started.
- Shuttle bus services will also be running from Haymarket (St Mary's Place and Percy Street) and Barras Bridge to the finish area - see the race start map attached below for details.
- The Shields Ferry will operate extra crossings between North Shields and South Shields and will start at 8.45am. Shuttle buses will connect North Shields Metro station and ferry landing.
Race finish - South Shields
Getting home from the race finish
Metro, the Shields Ferry and buses will be very busy due to the number of people travelling, so please expect a significant wait on the way home.
Avoid the queues by having a meal or drink in South Shields before you head home.
- The new South Shields Metro station is about a 15 minute walk from the finish line - there will be a train every 7½ minutes after the race.
- Shuttle bus services will run to Newcastle and South Shields - see the race finish map attached below for details.
- The Shields Ferry between South Shields and North Shields will operate extra crossings and will run until 6.00pm. Shuttle buses will connect North Shields ferry landing and North Shields Metro station.
Details of the opening arrangements at Chichester Metro station are detailed here and shown on the race finish map attached below. Closing times may vary depending on the operational requirements on the day.
Buying tickets in advance
Arriva, Go North East, Stagecoach North East, Metro and Nexus will all be on a public transport stand at the Great North Run Event Village on Gateshead Quays on Saturday 7 September. You’ll be able to buy tickets and wristbands for travel on bus or Metro as well as get advice and information.
& Sunday 8
& Sunday 8
|Metro wristband*||£5.20||£3.50||£5.20||£10.40||-||nexus.org.uk** or Nexus TravelShop^|
|Metro ticket*||-||£5.20||-||-||Metro station ticket machine or Nexus TravelShop^|
|Go North East m-ticket||-||£6.00||-||£11.00||gonortheast.co.uk|
|Stagecoach North East m-ticket||-||£4.20||-||-||stagecoachbus.com|
& Sunday 8
|Metro wristband*||£1.40||90p||£1.40||£2.80||nexus.org.uk** or Nexus TravelShop^|
Buying tickets on the day
|Adult tickets||Single trip||All day||Find out more|
|Explorer North East#||-||£10.50||networkonetickets.co.uk|
|Go North East R1 shuttle bus||£3.50||£6.00||gonortheast.co.uk|
|Stagecoach 552 shuttle bus (South Shields Ferry - South Shields Metro)||£1.50||£4.50~||stagecoachbus.com|
|Stagecoach 553 shuttle bus (Newcastle - South Shields)||£3.50||£4.50~||stagecoachbus.com|
*Valid in all zones on Metro, on the Shields Ferry and Northern trains between Newcastle and Sunderland. Child versions of these tickets are also available. See nexus.org.uk for details.
^Nexus TravelShops open Monday to Friday. The TravelShop at Haymarket Metro station will be open on Saturday 7 September. See nexus.org.uk/travelshops
+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 (including special Great North Run services), 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 (excluding Go North East's special Great North Run services), 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.
~A Dayrider Plus - unlimited travel all day on all Stagecoach buses across Tyne and Wear, including special Great North Run shuttle buses.
** These are on sale online until Sunday 2 September. After that, you can buy them in a Nexus TravelShop (see ^ above), or visit us at the Great North Run Event Village on Saturday 7 September.
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, 8.00am - 6.00pm).
Arriva bus services - arrivabus.co.uk
Go North East bus services - gonortheast.co.uk
Stagecoach bus services - stagecoachbus.com
Staying for the weekend
There’s lots to see and do in Tyne and Wear if you’re staying for the weekend. Get around using our great bus and Metro network. Find out more about how to get to places of interest on nexus.org.uk - and see the tables above for the best ticket to buy for convenience and to save money on fares.