Your best options are to take the train or to fly between Newcastle upon Tyne and Bath. By the time you’ve added in the extra time and expense of travelling to and from the airport at each end, there isn’t much difference between them. There are five National Express buses per day from the bus station on St James Boulevard in Newcastle upon Tyne, and two overnight services. The journey takes between 10-13 hours. A single journey costs about 60 GBP or a return is 57 - 75 GBP. For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Bath see our guide to Bath Bus Station.
After booking online, you will be issued with an e-ticket, which you need to print out and take with you, or an m-ticket, which is sent to your mobile phone. If you buy a ticket for a specific bus time, the ticket is normally honoured for 24 hours from your original departure time should you be delayed.
It takes 5 ˝ hours to get to from Newcastle to Bath by train and there are five trains per hour. You need to change at Bristol Temple Meads (and some services also change at Birmingham New Street). A single ticket costs around 59 GBP or a return off peak costs 116.70 GBP. For more detailed information, including maps, national and trains from Bath see our guide to Bath Train Station.
You get the best fares by booking up to three months in advance. You can buy your tickets online, at the station ticket counter, or from the ticket machines. If you book online you will need to collect your tickets from the ticket machine using the same credit card you used to book your tickets online.
Easyjet flies from Newcastle to Bristol Airport. There are 2-3 flights per day, which get you there in 1 hour 5 minutes. If you book well ahead you can get a single flight for 16 GBP, but you can pay up to about 75 GBP depending on the day and time you travel. Be careful – there are a number of extra charges that can give you a nasty surprise. It costs 6 GBP to check one 20kg bag into the hold. Easyjet automatically add 5 GBP travel insurance unless you remove that option during the online booking process. They will also suggest you buy a Speedy Boarding pass for 7.50 GBP, but this is uneccessary. To get to the airport, catch the Metro from Central Station. It leaves every 7 minutes and takes about 25 minutes and costs 2 GBP one-way. You need to check in at least 40 minutes before departure, and show your passport, otherwise you will be denied boarding. They sell a limited selection of sandwiches and refreshments onboard, but you might prefer to take your own.
On arrival, take the Bristol Flyer express coach from Bristol airport to Bristol Temple Meads station. They run every 15 minutes at peak hours. It takes around 30 minutes and costs 7 GBP one-way. For your onward journey to Bath, there are 4 direct trains an hour from Bristol Temple Meads Station and the journey takes about 10-15 minutes. A standard single ticket is 5.80 GBP, or you can buy an off peak return for about 14.20 GBP.
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