Car Hire at Newcastle International Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Newcastle upon Tyne, commonly known as simply Newcastle, is a bicycle-friendly city, but driving is a convenient and less tiring way for long-distance journeys. The interesting nearby cities near Newcastle are quite far; for example, Carlisle is about 75 minutes of driving away, while Edinburgh and Glasgow can be reached by driving in two and three hours respectively.
Where to hire a car at Newcastle International Airport
It is highly recommended to do your research on car rental companies beforehand via Skyscanner. It is much more convenient to book your rental vehicle online prior to arriving at your destination in order to increase the chances of you getting the vehicle of your choice. The car rental companies with desks at Newcastle Airport are Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Interrent. The desks are located on the ground floor opposite domestic arrivals, and can be contacted 24 hours a day.
What to expect when hiring a car from Newcastle International Airport
Newcastle upon Tyne lies at the joining of the A1, the main East Coast route starting from London to Edinburgh, and the A69, the major east-west route to the city of Carlisle and the M6 motorway. The A167 road runs through the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne (where it becomes the A167(M) Newcastle Central Motorway) via the Tyne Bridge from North to South.
It is most likely that your car rental company will require you to return the rental vehicle with a full tank. There is a Skyway Filling Station right at the airport, making this an easy feat to achieve. There is also a Shell station just a couple of minutes away.
Driving around Newcastle International Airport
The airport is located 9.3 km northwest of the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. It only takes about half an hour to reach the centre. Don't worry since the city is well-posted, though traffic can be heavy during the peak hours. On the way back to the airport, the principal north/south road A1 bypasses the centre and connects with the A696, which leads directly to the airport.
Getting to your destination
The town of Darlington is best known for its role in the development of the railway during the 19th century. It contains the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, which features some of the earliest steam locomotives in the world. There is also a shopping centre and bars and restaurants. From Newcastle upon Tyne, take St James' Blvd, A184, and A1 to Ai(M). Follow A1(M), then at junction 58, take the A68 exit to Darlington.
Durham contains the Durham Castle, which dates back from 1073, and the Durham Cathedral with the striking Norman design, both of which are very important structures in the city. Other attractions are The Treasures of Saint Cuthbert, the Botanical Gardens, the Durham University Campus, the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery, and the Durham Indoor Market. The city can easily be reached from the A1(M).
It is actually possible to reach the capital of Scotland from Newcastle upon Tyne. Edinburgh features interesting landmarks like the castles of Edinburgh and Craigmillar, and St Giles' Cathedral. It also contains the Museum of Scotland and Royal Museum, the National Gallery of Scotland, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The city can be reached via the A1. Follow the length of A1 and turn left onto Milton Rd/A1. From there, get onto Willowbrae Rd/A1, then turn left onto London Rd/A1.