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Why rent a car in Newcastle?

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, or Newcastle, in the Tyne and Wear county in northeast England, is 103 miles south of Edinburgh and 227 miles north of London. The city’s name derives from the river Tyne on the banks of which it is situated.

Whereas the city is bursting with attractions, a rental car in Newcastle will also allow you to also access the remote hills, lakes, fishing villages on the coast, castles and Roman ruins.

How to get to and around Newcastle?

Flights from all major cities in the world arrive in Newcastle International Airport with an easy route to the city centre via the A1. Rent a car at Newcastle International Airport for short drives to other sightseeing destinations, such as South Shields (30 minutes) or Sunderland (32 minutes via the A184) in County Durham and Middlesbrough (50 minutes via the A19) in north Yorkshire.

Alternatively, fly into Durham Tees Valley Airport, from where Newcastle is just over a 50-minute drive on the A1.

What brands are available?

You can rent a car in Newcastle through one of 11 suppliers:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Easirent
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar (open 24hs)
  • Firefly EU
  • Hertz
  • Keddy by Europcar
  • National (closed Sundays)
  • Sixt
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Newcastle

    Keen walkers will not want to miss Hadrian's Wall, a 73-mile Roman engineering feat built between 122AD and 128AD during the reign of emperor Hadrian. It represented the Roman empire’s northern border separating it from the Picts. From Newcastle drive 15 minutes east to Wallsend or west to Heddon-on-the-Wall to walk the 12-mile trail.

    A half-hour drive south of Newcastle on the A1 will take you to Durham, home of prestigious Durham University and the Romanesque Durham Cathedral, a Unesco World Heritage site, with a spectacular interior and breathtaking views from the top of its tower. Further south is Barnard Castle (an hour from Newcastle via the A1 and the A688) and The Bowes Museum, which exhibits the best European fine arts collection in northern England.

    On a weekend, drive east to the mouth of river Tyne (20 minutes) to rummage in the Tynemouth markets or walk along the golden sands of Tynemouth Longsands admiring its rocks, dunes and cliffs. Visit Tynemouth Priory and Castle to learn about its 2000-year history and enjoy the fabulous views of river Tyne and the North Sea.

    Tips and tricks for driving in the UK

    UK car rentals usually offer manual transmission vehicles. If you require an automatic gear one, request it upon booking.

    You will be driving on the right hand side of the car and on the left side of the road. Have a valid driver’s licence and insurance papers with you at all times.

    To avoid getting a ticket for speeding, keep your car’s speed under 70mph on motorways. In country roads the speed limit is much lower, 40 to 50mph, slowing down to around 20mph in city centres. Remember drivers on the right have priority in the UK.

    Ready to plan your Newcastle city break?

    Feel ready to start planning a trip to Newcastle and other parts of the UK? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you organise your trip to Newcastle and other parts of the UK: find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

    Experience the Convenience of Car Rental

    If you drive over the iconic Tyne Bridge to get from Newcastle to its neighbour, Gateshead, don’t forget to take in the view. Just outside the city is Newcastle Arena, which attracts some of the biggest names in pop and rock to come and strut their stuff. It’s the perfect place to let your hair down, and there's plenty of parking, too. Follow the river to where it meets the sea at Tynemouth, and run around on sandy Longsands beach. With a car rental, you’re free to explore further.

    Beyond Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

    Transport yourself back 2,000 years, to the time of the Romans, with a visit to Hadrian’s Wall and the ancient fort of Vindolanda – less than an hour’s drive from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Located in the beautifully wild Northumberland National Park, parking is free. Little more than an hour’s drive to the north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne is the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Linked to the mainland by a tidal causeway, you can drive over at low tide twice a day.



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