Northumberland Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Northumberland offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire, coaches and ferries.

Local bus services in Northumberland provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the county town of Morpeth and a number of other towns and villages in the county including Hexham, Haltwhistle, Bellingham, Rothbury, Alnwick, Amble, Belford and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at Northumberland Bus

Trains in Northumberland serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Morpeth Station is on the East Coast Mainline, the station has services to London Kings Cross station with a journey time of 3 hours 30 minutes. There are services available from Morpeth to Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York, Leeds, Derby , Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Train services are provided by a number of train operators including Cross Country; Northern Rail and East Coast

Other railway stations in Northumberland include Berwick-upon-Tweed, Chathill, Hexham, Wylam and Stocksfield.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Northumberland that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

Northumberland is connected to the road network via the A1 and A697. London to Morpeth by car via the M1, A1(M) and A1 is a drive of approx 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A1068, A696, A68 and A69.

Parking in Morpeth town centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in and around Morpeth town centre include Dark Lane, Newmarket East, Dacre Street, Back Riggs North, Matheson's Gardens, Low Stanners and Whalebone Lane.

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the city and town centres. It is recommended visitors ensure they fully understand the local parking rules before parking and help avoid unnecessary fines and worry.

The port of North Shields in Newcastle is located less than 20 miles from Morpeth, there are regular ferry services between Newcastle and Amsterdam. From Newcastle it is approx 35 minutes by car or train to Morpeth. Ferry services are provided by DFDS Seaways

Northumberland is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Northumberland from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Morpeth is approx 6 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours 30 minutes depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Skegness, Cleethorpes, Grantham, Spalding and Boston. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Megabus has services from London Victoria coach station to Newcastle-upon-Tyne with a journey time of 6 to 7 hours. From Newcastle railway station there are services to Morpeth station with a journey time f 25 minutes.

Whilst travelling by coach to Northumberland is usually more time consuming than using rail and road, it is usually more cost effective.

Newcastle Airport is located approx 15 miles from Morpeth offering good access to the Northumberland region. The airport has domestic and international flights.

Durham Tees Valley Airport is located 1 hour 10 minutes drive (56 miles) from Morpeth via the A1(M) and A1.

For more information on public transport in Northumberland including information on public transport and timetables please see: Northumberland Transport from Northumberland County Council

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