Getting around

You’ll find travelling around Northumberland easy, whether you explore with or without a car, thanks to well-thought out bus and train services in operation.

By Bus

Coastal bus route

Coastal bus route

Arriva’s Coast and Castles service has an excellent bus service with extra routes running during summer months and peak times.

See Northumberland’s main attractions via the following bus routes:


Northumberland Coast and Castles
Arriva’s scenic X18 route runs along the Northumberland coastline from Newcastle to Berwick. It’s an ideal route for walkers heading out to the Northumberland Coast Path. Arriva offers Coast and Castles itineraries too, such as the Birds by Bus day out around Coquet Island or Low Newton-by-the-Sea. 
Travelsure and Perrymans Buses run services between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick as well as the Holy Island bus service, route 477.


Morpeth and south east Northumberland to the coast
Catch Arriva’s X18 service from Newcastle to Berwick, calling at Morpeth, Alnwick, Amble and the coast, while the 418 service covers the Alnwick and Belford. A new Saturday and school holidays route, the X16 travels from Newcastle to Belford and the coast and offers great value family tickets which are transferable on all routes. The X15 offers a similar weekday route.


Wooler and the Cheviots
Explore Wooler and the gateway to the Cheviots with the 267 and 464 routes operated by Glen Valley Tours and Perrymans. The 470 route operated by Travelsure runs on schooldays links Wooler with Chillingham, Chatton and Alnwick.


Kielder Forest & Water Park
Board the 880 bus on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Hexham to Kielder, while the 882 route runs from Hexham to Colwell. Hop on the 714 service from Gateshead Metrocentre and Newcastle to Kielder, a seasonal service on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Look out for special offers and passes like Arriva’s Passport Weekly and Discover Day tickets. Valid in the north Northumberland area, ticketholders enjoy benefits including discounted rates at attractions including Bamburgh Castle and Bailiffgate Museum.

Need help planning your route? Traveline North East provides more information or call 0871 200 2233.
Northumberland County Council lists all bus timetables operating in the county too.

By Car

Explore Northumberland by car, taking in lovely landscapes, dramatic spots and fascinating history along some of the most scenic roads in the country. Drive the Northumberland Coastal Route, a 39-mile stretch spanning the coastline, taking in seaside villages like Seahouses and Alnmouth.

Northumberland’s quiet roads can get busier in peak times, so allow extra time for your journey and finding a car parking space.

Drive around Northumberland

Drive Northumberland's country roads

Approximate journey times are:
Newcastle to Hexham: 30 minutes
Berwick to Alnwick: 45 minutes
Rothbury to Otterburn: 40 minutes


Save money on car parking fees with a handy Weekly Tourist Permit. Costing £17 they can be used at Northumberland County Council car parks across the county.

Free parking has recently been introduced in council parking places in a number of towns and villages.

You need to display a parking disc for short stay parking in Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth. Discs are available from tourist information centres, libraries, council customer information centres and local businesses (check signs when you park for more information on which businesses have discs).

Find out more about parking locations, time restrictions and where charges apply here.

Route Planning

RAC journey planner

AA journey planner

Google maps

Frixo road traffic reports

Fuel prices

Online fuel prices checker

Enter in the postcode of your destination and find the best fuel prices online.

Car hire

Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Morpeth

Free pick-up service available from hotels and train stations in Northumberland

Tel : 01670 501900

Cycle

Cycle around Northumberland

Great cycling routes around Northumberland

Cycling is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the Northumberland countryside. The county is criss-crossed with long-distance cycleways including England’s longest ‘challenge’ cycle route the Pennine Cycleway which runs through Haltwhistle, Bellingham and Wooler. The Hadrian's Cycleway runs the length of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site passing roman forts and temples. The Coast and Castles route showcases some of our best coastal attractions including Holy Island, Seahouses and Bamburgh Castle.

Northumberland has two new cycle hubs, based in the towns or Haltwhsitle and Wooler, which are ideal town cycling bases with cycle-friendly accommodation, bike shops, cycle hire and transport companies. Each cycle hub features 7 routes of varying difficulty for you to explore.

Kielder Water & Forest Park also provides a great base for a cycling holiday with an extensive network of off-road tracks as well as the Lakeside Way, a 26 mile trail encircling the shoreline of Kielder Water.

Train

The main East Coast line passes through Northumberland and has stations at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth and Morpeth. Northern Rail operates a service along the East Coast line with stops between Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Cross Country trains run westward from Newcastle, while the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line provides an excellent service along Hadrian’s Wall. Buy a Hadrian's Wall Country Line Day Ranger ticket and hop on and off all day anywhere between Carlisle and Newcastle and beyond Carlisle along the Cumbrian Coast line to Ravenglass.
Visit National Rail Enquiries and The Train Line for help planning your journey and online ticket bookings.

Rail operators

Northern Rail - regional rail operator

ScotRail - regional rail operator

East Coast - national rail operator

Cross Country Trains - national rail operator

Station information

Acklington

Alnmouth

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Haltwhistle

Hexham

Morpeth

Widdrington

You’ll find travelling around Northumberland easy, whether you explore with or without a car, thanks to well-thought out bus and train services in operation.

By Bus

Coastal bus route

Coastal bus route

Arriva’s Coast and Castles service has an excellent bus service with extra routes running during summer months and peak times.

See Northumberland’s main attractions via the following bus routes:


Northumberland Coast and Castles
Arriva’s scenic X18 route runs along the Northumberland coastline from Newcastle to Berwick. It’s an ideal route for walkers heading out to the Northumberland Coast Path. Arriva offers Coast and Castles itineraries too, such as the Birds by Bus day out around Coquet Island or Low Newton-by-the-Sea. 
Travelsure and Perrymans Buses run services between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick as well as the Holy Island bus service, route 477.


Morpeth and south east Northumberland to the coast
Catch Arriva’s X18 service from Newcastle to Berwick, calling at Morpeth, Alnwick, Amble and the coast, while the 418 service covers the Alnwick and Belford. A new Saturday and school holidays route, the X16 travels from Newcastle to Belford and the coast and offers great value family tickets which are transferable on all routes. The X15 offers a similar weekday route.


Wooler and the Cheviots
Explore Wooler and the gateway to the Cheviots with the 267 and 464 routes operated by Glen Valley Tours and Perrymans. The 470 route operated by Travelsure runs on schooldays links Wooler with Chillingham, Chatton and Alnwick.


Kielder Forest & Water Park
Board the 880 bus on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Hexham to Kielder, while the 882 route runs from Hexham to Colwell. Hop on the 714 service from Gateshead Metrocentre and Newcastle to Kielder, a seasonal service on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Look out for special offers and passes like Arriva’s Passport Weekly and Discover Day tickets. Valid in the north Northumberland area, ticketholders enjoy benefits including discounted rates at attractions including Bamburgh Castle and Bailiffgate Museum.

Need help planning your route? Traveline North East provides more information or call 0871 200 2233.
Northumberland County Council lists all bus timetables operating in the county too.

By Car

Explore Northumberland by car, taking in lovely landscapes, dramatic spots and fascinating history along some of the most scenic roads in the country. Drive the Northumberland Coastal Route, a 39-mile stretch spanning the coastline, taking in seaside villages like Seahouses and Alnmouth.

Northumberland’s quiet roads can get busier in peak times, so allow extra time for your journey and finding a car parking space.

Drive around Northumberland

Drive Northumberland's country roads

Approximate journey times are:
Newcastle to Hexham: 30 minutes
Berwick to Alnwick: 45 minutes
Rothbury to Otterburn: 40 minutes


Save money on car parking fees with a handy Weekly Tourist Permit. Costing £17 they can be used at Northumberland County Council car parks across the county.

Free parking has recently been introduced in council parking places in a number of towns and villages.

You need to display a parking disc for short stay parking in Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth. Discs are available from tourist information centres, libraries, council customer information centres and local businesses (check signs when you park for more information on which businesses have discs).

Find out more about parking locations, time restrictions and where charges apply here.

Route Planning

RAC journey planner

AA journey planner

Google maps

Frixo road traffic reports

Fuel prices

Online fuel prices checker

Enter in the postcode of your destination and find the best fuel prices online.

Car hire

Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Morpeth

Free pick-up service available from hotels and train stations in Northumberland

Tel : 01670 501900

Cycle

Cycle around Northumberland

Great cycling routes around Northumberland

Cycling is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the Northumberland countryside. The county is criss-crossed with long-distance cycleways including England’s longest ‘challenge’ cycle route the Pennine Cycleway which runs through Haltwhistle, Bellingham and Wooler. The Hadrian's Cycleway runs the length of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site passing roman forts and temples. The Coast and Castles route showcases some of our best coastal attractions including Holy Island, Seahouses and Bamburgh Castle.

Northumberland has two new cycle hubs, based in the towns or Haltwhsitle and Wooler, which are ideal town cycling bases with cycle-friendly accommodation, bike shops, cycle hire and transport companies. Each cycle hub features 7 routes of varying difficulty for you to explore.

Kielder Water & Forest Park also provides a great base for a cycling holiday with an extensive network of off-road tracks as well as the Lakeside Way, a 26 mile trail encircling the shoreline of Kielder Water.

Train

The main East Coast line passes through Northumberland and has stations at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth and Morpeth. Northern Rail operates a service along the East Coast line with stops between Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Cross Country trains run westward from Newcastle, while the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line provides an excellent service along Hadrian’s Wall. Buy a Hadrian's Wall Country Line Day Ranger ticket and hop on and off all day anywhere between Carlisle and Newcastle and beyond Carlisle along the Cumbrian Coast line to Ravenglass.
Visit National Rail Enquiries and The Train Line for help planning your journey and online ticket bookings.

Rail operators

Northern Rail - regional rail operator

ScotRail - regional rail operator

East Coast - national rail operator

Cross Country Trains - national rail operator

Station information

Acklington

Alnmouth

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Haltwhistle

Hexham

Morpeth

Widdrington

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