Open for Entries Reminder Service Reminder Service 13 September 2015 NewcastleGateshead 13.1 miles
Open for Entries Reminder Service Reminder Service 13 September 2015 NewcastleGateshead 13.1 miles

Travel & accommodation

Accommodation Race Transfers Public Transport Travel by Car

It is important to plan your journey before the day of the event, with up to 56,000 runners and their supporters making their way to the North East, roads and public transport will be very busy. The information below is aimed to help you plan your journey and accommodation needs, you may be interested in our race transfer service if you don't fancy the drive yourself or you may be looking for more information on how to use the Metro.


Nirvana Europe Ltd
Nirvana Europe Ltd are the official accommodation and race day travel agent for the Bupa Great North Run and are delighted to have a whole host of accommodation options on sale for runners and spectators.

Ranging from the Official GNR Campsite to the 4* Official Race Hotel, all options can be booked on a stand alone basis, or including the Nirvana Europe Race Day Transfers, to and from the event.

For further information and to book your accommodation online, please click here: Bupa Great North Run Accommodation Booking

Please visit the Nirvana Europe website to book online, or alternatively do not hesitate to give them a call or send an email…very knowledgeable on the event and living in the area, they are perfect to take away the stress and strain from your travel arrangements.

Telephone: 0191 257 1750 - The Bupa Great North Run Helpline!
Office Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm (Monday - Friday)

Race Transfers

Nirvana Europe Ltd
As the official travel partner of the Bupa Great North Run; Nirvana Europe Ltd are able to offer a number of race day transfer services to help take the stress and worry out of your run day preparations.

With the event starting and finishing in two separate locations, Nirvana Europe are delighted to offer the following transfer services:

Coach and Run
Exactly what the title says... Coach & Run your way to success at the Bupa Great North Run!

This new product provides the perfect solution for those who prefer to experience the Bupa Great North Run all in one day, eliminating the need for overnight accommodation and travelling up on the morning of the event, returning after you have ran yourself to glory!!

The Coach & Run Service currently operates from the following locations & costs £49.00 per person:

  • York
  • Leeds
  • Edinburgh
  • Carlisle
  • Doncaster

Coach, Sleep & Run
There are 2 'Coach, Sleep & Run' products available to book:

1. Coach, Sleep & Run (North West)
servicing Manchester, Preston and Lancaster.

2. Coach, Sleep & Run (Midlands)
servicing Birmingham & Nottingham locations.

The itinerary of the product is detailed below:

  • Coach to Newcastle on Saturday 6.9.14, the day before the race.
  • Arrive and stay for 1 nights Accommodation at one of Newcastle’s Universities
  • Wake up, breakfast included, and then a 10 minute walk to the start line of the race.
  • Run the Great North Run!
  • Coach straight back from the finish line to your North West or Midlands pick up location.

To book – please call Nirvana Europe on 0191 2571750 or book online here: Bupa Great North Run Coach and Run Transfer Service

Return Run Day Transfers
Open for both runners and spectators, the GNR Run Day Transfer service provides you with a transfer to the start of the run, returning you after the event, to where you were collected from, or Newcastle City Centre.

Inner Zone - Cost: £29 per person (Return)
Newcastle, Durham, Gateshead, Morpeth and Sunderland

Outer Zone - Cost: £35 per person (Return)
Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Teeside, Hexham

Run Finish to Newcastle City Centre – Cost: £15.00 per person
Operating from the run finish in South Shields to Newcastle City Centre.
For further information and to book your run day transfers online, please click here:

Bupa Great North Run Run Day Transfers

Telephone: 0191 257 1750 - The Bupa Great North Run Helpline!
Office Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm (Monday - Friday)

Public Transport

The Bupa Great North Run is well serviced by numerous public transport networks including the National Rail, Tyne and Wear Metro and local bus services. We strongly advise that all participants allow plenty of additional time to get to the Start before using the facilities and starting the run.

Newcastle has direct rail links with London, the Midlands and Scotland via the East Coast mainline as well as local stations. You may be able to travel to the event on the Sunday morning however it is recommended you check with National Rail or service provider's to ensure your journey isn't affected by weekend engineering works. Some operators will provide earlier services to ensure you are at the start line on time. For more information visit

East Coast will be running two additional early morning trains of the morning of Sunday 7 September.

An extra service will depart from Darlington at 07:25 calling at Durham and arriving in to Newcastle at 08:07. For those travelling from Yorkshire an additional service will run from Leeds at 05:55 and call at Wakefield, Doncaster, York, Northallerton, Darlington, Durham arriving in to Newcastle at 08:12. Tickets are now on sale for the additional train services, which can be booked online by visiting or from a mobile

Network One Day Rovers will enable you to use just one ticket for any bus service in Tyne & Wear, including special Great North Run services, the Metro and the Ferry.

At the reduced price of £6.80 for one day, £13.60 for two days and £19.50 for three days this is the easiest way to get around Tyne & Wear over the Great North Run weekend.

Special offer only available online for advance purchase. Tickets can be purchased on or before 7 September 2014.

These tickets can be purchased from

We also have a special mobile ticket that's available on our app this year. More information on this ticket and our services are available at

Metro is the quick and easy way to get around.
Regular trains from every 6 mins, linking you to 60 stations across Tyne and Wear.

  • Extra Metro trains running throughout the day between Newcastle and South Shields
  • Please leave extra time as trains will be very busy
  • Start Line-Newcastle . Nearest Metro station- Haymarket (approx a 15min walk to the start)
  • Finish Line-South Shields. Nearest Metro station - South Shields (located on King Street, approx a 15 min walk from the finish)

Metro travel wristbands
Avoid queuing for a ticket on the day and buy your travel wristband in advance at or come and see us at the Bupa Great North Show.

Buying your ticket on the day? You should buy a Metro DaySaver (return) from ticket machines located at every station. Machines may only accept coins (£4.20 for all zones).
Please expect a significant wait on your way home, due to the high volume of people travelling.
Keep up to date with latest travel information on the day and visit
Twitter: @My_Metro

Whether you're travelling to see the start, the finish or even both, there'll be a Go North East bus to help you on your way, plus we've got buses to get the runners from one end to the other too.


If you're staying in one of the Quayside's many hotels, you can use our QuayLink routes.

Buses on Q1 link Newcastle's Central Station with Gateshead Quayside for hotels such as the Hilton, Jurys Inn & Ramada Encore.

Buses on Q2 link Newcastle's Haymarket bus station with Newcastle Quayside for hotels such as the Vermont, Premier Inn, Travelodge, Malmaison & Hotel du Vin.

Getting to the start from South Shields
R1 buses run from South Shields Bents Park Road to Newcastle Haymarket.

0615, 0630 then a frequent service until 1030.
The race start is about a 15 minute walk from Haymarket in Newcastle.

Getting to the Finish of the Run

R1 buses run from Newcastle Haymarket to South Shields Bents Park Road.

0700 then a frequent service until 1200.

Service 27 runs from Gateshead or Heworth Interchanges, running every 20 minutes to South Shields town centre.

Getting Home after the race

R1 buses run from South Shields Bents Park Road to Newcastle Haymarket, calling at Heworth Metro.

1230 then a frequent service until 1700

X27 buses run from South Shields Keppel Street (Stand A), calling at Jarrow Bus Station, Hebburn Victoria Road, Heworth Metro, Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Haymarket.

1300 then a frequent service until 1700

Additional buses will also run on service 27, running every 20 mins from South Shields town centre to Heworth and Gateshead Interchanges.

Bus Fares & Tickets

£3 per single journey on R1 buses
£5 for an all day* Great North Run M-ticket
£10 for a Great North Run weekend* M-Ticket

Day tickets and weekend tickets are valid on all Go North East buses including the R1 special buses on race day. Tickets can be bought from the Go North East free mobile ticket app available from mobile app stores.

*Day tickets valid Saturday 6 or Sunday 6 September and weekend tickets valid between Friday 5 and Sunday 7 September 2014.

Tickets are available in the "Savers" section of the M-ticket app.

Concessionary passes are not valid on R1.

Shields Ferry
The Shields Ferry between North and South Shields will operate extra crossings and will run from 8.45am to 6.00pm. For more details visit

Travel by Car

If you do decide to travel to the event by car it is important to note that no event parking is available at the start. We advise you to use one of the following options:

  1. Drive and park at the finish, then catch a Metro or shuttle bus from the Leas or Bents Park Road to Haymarket Metro and the start. Parking is available on the seafront and in South Shields town centre. Please note parking
    charges will apply so please bring loose change.
  2. Park in one of the designated parking areas in Newcastle city centre, do not park in areas which have police restrictions in place. You can then catch either the metro or a shuttlebus back from South Shields to the city centre after your run.
  3. Get dropped off at the start and collected from the finish.If you are being dropped off at the start we recommend that you are dropped off near to Haymarket Metro Station. If you have someone coming to collect you from the finish and you normally get picked up on the Leas, please be aware that to speed up exit from the car parks here there will be no entry after 1400. Hence please ask the driver to be parked up in the Leas prior to this (other car parks in the Town Centre or seafront are unaffected). It is key to plan your journey in advance, stay relaxed and aim to get to the start in plenty of time (Study the maps for details). If you follow this advice you’ll be able to relax on the morning of your run and make your day all the more enjoyable.

Leaving South Shields after the run

Additional routes will be opened as the race progresses and junctions on exit routes are cleared but please be patient, 75,000 people exit South Shields after the race, please stay in line.