Travel information for the Great North Run 2016

Great North Run runners
22 August 2016

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.


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 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

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 and Haymarket Metro stations are 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’re seeing friends or relatives off at the start of the race, we recommend that you then head straight to South Shields if you want to try to see them finish. Or, just choose one place to see them - at the race start, or somewhere on the route, or at the race finish.

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 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.

Details of the opening arrangements at Chichester Metro station are shown on the race finish map attached below. Closing times may vary depending on the operational requirements on the day.


Buying tickets in advance

Adult tickets

Sunday 11

single trip

Sunday 11

all day

Saturday 10

& Sunday 11

Friday 9, Saturday 10 & Sunday 11Buy from
Metro wristband*£3.30£4.80£ or Nexus TravelShop^
Metro ticket*-£4.80--Metro station ticket machine or Nexus TravelShop^
Go North East wristband£3.50£
Go North East m-ticket-£6.00£11.00£


Buying tickets on the day

Adult ticketsSingle tripAll dayFind out more
Day Rover+-£
Go North East R1 shuttle bus£3.50£
Stagecoach 552 shuttle bus (South Shields Ferry - South Shields Metro)£1.30£
Stagecoach 553 shuttle bus (Newcastle - South Shields)£3.50£
Shields Ferry£1.50£


*Valid in all zones on Metro, on the Shields Ferry and Northern Rail trains between Newcastle and Sunderland. Child versions of these tickets are also available. See for details.

^Nexus TravelShops open Monday to Friday. The TravelShop at Haymarket Metro station will be open on Saturday 10 September. See

+If you are travelling by more than one form of public transport, 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.

~A Dayrider - unlimited travel all day on all Stagecoach buses across Tyne and Wear, including special Great North Run shuttle buses.

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

For information about public transport throughout Tyne and Wear

including Metro, buses, and the Shields Ferry, go to our journey planner or call 0191 20 20 747.

Arriva bus services -

Go North East bus services -

Stagecoach bus services -

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

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 - and see the tables above for the best ticket to buy for convenience and to save money on fares.


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