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Passport / Visa

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the European Union member-states, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) only require a valid passport to enter the UK. Residents of a further 10 countries do not require entry visas for stays under 6 months: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Nationals of some further countries do not require a visa, but need to hold an entry certificate. Use the UK Government website to check for specific requirements: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.
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Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

Thanks to its strategic position close to the ocean, Newcastle is a city offering warm summers and very cool winters. To skip extreme temperatures, avoid July and January which are respectively the hottest and the coldest months of the year. However, the weather here is rather unpredictable, as it often is in the rest of the UK, so if you want to visit Newcastle when the weather is perfect, choose spring as best time to visit the city: temperatures are warm but not extremely hot and the sunny days make the city take on a special kind of charm.
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Airport

Airport

Newcastle airport is located 11 kilometres from Newcastle city centre. Getting to/from the airport could not be easier, as there is a frequent Metro service that will take visitors to Newcastle Central Train Station and to Gateshead in approximately 25 minutes. www.nexus.org.uk There are several buses connecting the airport with Newcastle and surrounding towns like Ponteland. +44 871 200 22 33 www.traveline.info The airport taxis operate throughout the day and pick up and drop off passengers just outside the entrance. The taxi office can be found near domestic arrivals. +44 191 214 6969 www.airport-taxis.co.uk Several car hire companies can be found at the airport.
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Public Transport

Public Transport

Getting around Newcastle Gateshead is easy, thanks to the city’s extensive Metro system and a range of bus services. You can buy a Day Rover ticket for adults and for children. It is valid on the Metro, ferry and railway services as well as on almost all local buses. Tickets can be purchased from Metro ticket machines, all drivers of the major bus operators’ services and on-board the Shields ferry. If you are staying for a week you can buy the MetroSaver weekly travel card. The card is valid on Metro, Ferry and local rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland. Tickets can be purchased at any Nexus Travelshop, but you need a passport-sized photograph the first time you buy one. There are several Travelshops, including those at the Central Station and Monument Metro stations in Newcastle, and MetroCentre bus station and the Gateshead bus/Metro interchange.
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