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Newcastle (North Shields) Ferry Port Information

About The Port

The Newcastle ferry port is located just outside of the city centre in North Shields, on the north bank of the River Tyne. It is one of the most popular entry points into Europe from the north of England and Scotland. There is one ferry route that operates from the Port of Tyne: Newcastle to Amsterdam.

The Port of Tyne history dates back at least an astonishing 2000 years, serving everyone from the Romans to kings and queens to everyday folk. The heyday of the port came in the 18th century with the industrial revolution as the port served the rest of the country with coal, armaments and other supplies.

The Newcastle to Amsterdam route from North Shields, Newcastle is operated by DFDS Seaways.

Directions For Getting There

If you are travelling by car, there are a few handy direction instructions to have a look at:

From Newcastle City Centre: Take the A1 towards Morpeth and then the A19 towards the Tyne Tunnel. On approach to the Tunnel, follow the International Ferry symbol onto the A187 towards North Shields. Continue along this road to the roundabout, take the second exit to the International Ferry Terminal, Royal Quays.

From the North: Head for the Tyne Tunnel via the A19, then follow the directions as above.

From the South: Approach via the A19 towards the Tyne Tunnel. Once through the Tunnel, join the A187 and proceed as above. Please Note: Allow extra time during the summer months when the tunnel can be extremely busy for passengers driving from the South.
Outside the main ferry terminal there is a secure car park for short and longer term stays.

If you are travelling by train, there are regular services from all over the UK that operate into Newcastle Central Station. From there you can take the Metro to Percy Main which is the nearest station, or get a local bus or taxi. A special DFDS Seaways bus leaves from Newcastle Bewick Street (opposite Central Station) before each sailing and takes you to the International Ferry Terminal (and back). There are two DFDS Seaways bus departures for each sailing; the first one leaves at 14:45 and the second leaves at 15:45, 1 hour 15 minutes before departure. Book in advance or pay the driver when you board.

If you are travelling by coach/bus, there are a number of National Express services from all over the UK that operate into Newcastle City Centre. From here, you can get a local bus, the dedicated DFDS bus service as mentioned above, the Metro service or a taxi.

Port Contact Details

International Passenger Terminal, Royal Quays, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 6EE

Phone: 0191 455 2671

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