Car Hire in Newcastle
This information is correct as of April 2015
Hire a car in Newcastle and get ready for a great adventure. Visit Roman ruins, explore the English countryside, or fill your boot with goodies from the famous Metrocentre. Or just use the car to get around town, ticking off our recommendations for the 8 best things to do in Newcastle without having to rely on public transport.
Where to hire a car in Newcastle
Car hire is available at Newcastle International Airport from a range of top car rental brands including Europcar, Hertz and Budget. You can also pick up your rental car at Newcastle train station. Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz are all based in the station while Avis and Budget are located just a few streets away.
Driving in Newcastle
The roads in central Newcastle can be quite confusing for a newcomer to the city, with lots of one-way streets and pedestrian only areas. It’s a good idea to bring an up-to-date sat nav to make sure you don’t get lost or miss your turn. Bicycles share the road with the cars in Newcastle, and cycle lanes are also often used by buses or taxis. Keep an eye out for cyclists coming up fast on your inside, and always check your blind spot before making a left turn.
Parking in Newcastle
There are more than ten thousand parking spaces in central Newcastle, although it can sometimes be tricky finding one. If you don’t want to drive in town there are several Park & Ride car parks on the outskirts of town.
Newcastle City Council run eight multi-storey car parks in the city centre, as well as 48 surface car parks. The city offers free parking in most pay and display bays as part of their Alive after Five initiative to support local business and encourage people to come into the city centre. The only car park where this doesn’t apply is the one beside the stadium.
You can use the Park and Pay by Phone Service at all Newcastle City Council car parks. This way you don’t need to carry change around with you, and you can extend your ticket by mobile if your time is running out.
Great day trips from Newcastle
There are lots of places to visit Hadrian’s Wall near Newcastle, but the town of Hexham (about 30 minutes by car) is one of the best. Corstopitum, Housesteads and Chesters are all good sites within striking distance of the historic market town. While in Hexham you can also visit the Moot Hall and Old Gaol, which are now museums charting the history of the border regions between England and Scotland.
This charming cathedral city is half an hour drive from central Newcastle. Durham is full of beautiful sights, including a fantastic Norman castle, a university which boasts the world’s oldest student accommodation, and the famous cathedral offering amazing views across the countryside from its 66m high tower. There’s also an excellent covered market, some fantastic art galleries, and a lovely botanical gardens.
An absolute must-visit for shopaholics, this sprawling mall is located in Gateshead and is a short 15 minute drive from Newcastle itself. There are more than 340 shops to browse, and the recent refurbishment has enticed more high-end brands into the centre. At Metrocentre you get the best of the British high street, with none of the bad weather.