Getting to your vaccination centre by public transport
Please wear a face covering and follow distancing rules on your journey to your vaccination centre as well as on your journey home after having the vaccine. Please continue to not make any non-essential journey on public transport before or after this while travel restrictions are in place.
You should only attend a vaccination centre if you have been contacted by the NHS.
Concessionary Travel Passes and Metro Gold Cards
If you have a Concessionary Travel Pass, you can travel free on public transport before 9.30am if you are going to or from a coronavirus vaccination appointment.
This means that if you have proof of an early morning appointment, such as a letter, email or text, your journey to get your vaccine on local buses in Tyne and Wear – and Metro if they have a Metro Gold Card – will be free. This works the same as showing a ‘hospital appointment’ card or letter already does.
CT Passes and Metro Gold Cards can of course be used to travel free after 9.30am on weekdays and all day at weekends and public holidays.
By Metro: Central Station is the nearest Metro station to the mass vaccine hub at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. Leave the station via the Neville Street entrance, before heading west along Neville Street to the Centre for Life, which is approximately 250 metres away.
By bus: Many bus services from across the region stop outside or near to Central Station, see the map here for details. Simply walk west along Neville Street or Clayton Street West to see the Centre for Life ahead of you. And a dedicated bus stop is now in place directly outside this mass vaccination hub - find out more here.
- Go North East service 50 stops at the NHS Nightingale Hospital on its route between Durham and South Shields. The hospital is the stop after the NIssan factory if you're heading towards South Shields; the stop before Nissan if you're heading towards Durham. Full route and timetable details for the 50 are here
- Go North East's service 56 (Newcastle - Sunderland) would normally be able to stop at the NHS Nightingale, but can't currently because of a diversion. We recommend that you get off the 56 at Washington Concord bus station and use the new Connector Shuttle to get to and from NHS Nightingale. 56 timetable is here
- NEW Go North East's Connector Shuttle - providing a frequent service to the NHS Nightingale Hospital from Stand C at Concord bus station, feeding into and out of buses there. Full timetable details are here. The shuttle is timed to connect with the 56, and runs every 15 minutes. Look out for the specially branded blue bus.
- NEW Go North East's Metro Shuttle will provide a frequent service to the NHS Nightingale Hospital from Heworth interchange, connecting with the Metro and many other bus services. Full timetable details are here. Look out for the specially branded yellow bus.
- NEW Sunderland Shuttle from Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland, calling at Pallion Metro station, Hylton Retail Park and Castletown.
Passengers can travel free of charge by showing a NHS Nightingale Hospital appointment letter/text/email - their carer or small children who need to travel with them can travel for free too - until Tuesday 9 February. From Wednesday 10 February, fares will be: adult single £3; adult day £5; under 18 single (without an Under 16 Pop card) £1. CT Passes will be accepted, and Under 16 Pop cards can be used.
- Timetable attached below.
- Travel for free on these Shuttle buses by showing the ticket from your earlier journey on other buses or the Metro, plus proof of your vaccination appointment (letter, email or text).
- See the map attached below to see the route of the service 50, the Connector Shuttle, Metro Shuttle and Sunderland Shuttle.