Car Hire at Newcastle Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
You can explore the north-east at your leisure when you hire a car at Newcastle Airport. From long days of shopping at the Metro Centre to historic days out at Hadrian’s Wall, you’ll find plenty of ways to put your motor to good use.
Where to hire a car at Newcastle Airport
Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget and Interrent all operate from Newcastle Airport. The desks can be found outside domestic arrivals, on the ground floor of the terminal.
Petrol stations near Newcastle Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There’s a 24 hour Shell petrol station just outside the airport so you can fill up immediately before handing your car back.
Driving around Newcastle Airport
The airport is just off the A696 dual carriageway so you don’t need to worry about fast moving motorway traffic. The road leads into Newcastle (south) and up to Northumberland National Park (north).
Getting to your destination
Famous for the lively nightlife shown on Geordie Shore, Newcastle is one of Britain’s top stag and hen do destinations. It also has plenty in the way of arts and culture, with lots of great art galleries and museums. Take a look at our guide to the best things to do in Newcastle.
It takes less than 15 minutes to drive into downtown Newcastle from the airport. There are more than ten thousand parking spaces in the centre of Newcastle, with eight council run multi-storey car parks and 48 surface car parks. Free parking is available in the evenings as part of the Alive After Five initiative to bring more people into the city centre. If you’re staying for a few nights, check out our hotels in Newcastle: lots of them have guest parking spaces.
Famous for its breathtaking cathedral, ancient castle and excellent university, Durham is a charming destination for a short break in the north-east.
It takes about 40-50 minutes to drive to Durham from Newcastle Airport, depending on traffic. There are four council run surface car parks in Durham, and four privately owned multi-storey car parks. Expect to pay £1.40 for up to two hours in the council run car parks: private car parks are more expensive.
Once an industrial powerhouse, Sunderland is now a lively university city with a buzzing nightlife and plenty of great restaurants.
The drive to Sunderland takes about 40-50 minutes. You go through the Tyne Tunnel, which has a toll of £1.60 for cars of less than 3m and £3.20 for cars over 3m tall. Bear this in mind while choosing your hire car. You can park in the city for free after 3pm on Thursdays. There are lots of car parks dotted around the city, as well as pay and display parking bays. Most bays charge 80p per half hour, although in some areas it drops as cheap as 50p.
Prices subject to change