The QuayLink are two electric bus services (Q1 and Q2) that travel to the Quayside from both sides of the River Tyne. You can get an all day ticket (get on and off) for only £2, which is ideal for seeing all the main central attractions.
The Quayside service is frequent and runs up to every 10 minutes during the day. You can expect to wait up to 30 minutes in the morning and evening.
The Q1 QuayLink travels between Newcastle Central Station and Gateshead Interchange via the Quayside.
The journey takes you into Newcastle City Centre via the fabulous architecture of Grainger town.
It turns right down Grey Street, passing the newly refurbished Theatre Royal before it ventures over the Swing Bridge across to Gateshead Quayside.
In Gateshead, it stops at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the Sage Gateshead music centre. The journey takes about 15 and commences at Gateshead Interchange.
The Q2 QuayLink bus circles a route on the Newcastle side of the River Tyne; it does not cross over the water into Gateshead.
The route takes you from Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station, around Newcastle City Centre, passing by Eldon Equare Shopping Centre, The Gate, Laing Art Gallery, Grey’s Monument and the Theatre Royal on the way down to the Quayside. The bus then proceeds left, underneath the Tyne Bridge, and along the Quayside, stopping at the Law Courts, Millenium Bridge (you can walk across to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead from here), Mariners Wharf, the Ouseburn Valley and many more, before returning back along the Quayside to Newcastle City Centre.
Timetables, Tickets, Information
Go North East has the contract to run the QuayLink bus service for the next 5 years. You can get more information about bus timetables, tickets and travel advice direct from the Go North East QuayLink page on their website.
QuayLink Route Map
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