Public Transport: Planning a Journey

Planning a journey by public transport has never been easier. In addition to more old school bus and rail timetables, online journey planning tools and apps allow you to easily identify where to travel from and to, at what time, and on what service.

Online Journey Planners

Online tools are a really easy option for planning your bus or train journey. Generally, they offer live updates on services making them really useful when service options are changing. All you need to do is enter where you want to travel from and to and your preferred travel time. The journey planner will do the rest.

Nexus have a great online journey planning tool for journeys made across Tyne and Wear. Plan your route from A to B, view live departure information and compare the options available whether you’re looking to travel by bus, train, Metro or a combination of all three.


It’s a good idea to look at timetables if you aren’t sure exactly when you’ll be travelling but would like to know the frequency of services.

The best way to view a timetable for services in Newcastle and around Tyne and Wear is on the Nexus website, or alternatively on the operator’s website, with the main operators being Arriva and Go North East.

Below you’ll find information and links to the timetables of key services at Newcastle Great Park.

Q3 – Go North East
This service links NGP with Wallsend, with stops in Gosforth and Newcastle city centre.

46 – Arriva
This service runs from Featherstone Grove, at NGP, to Newcastle bus station via Gosforth.

To the south of the site (for residents at Greenside) you can also make use of services operating along Kingston Park Road, here’s the main service:

X47 – Stagecoach
This service runs from Kingston Park to Newcastle, via Kenton Bar.


Bus operator apps are fast becoming the go to place for planning (and paying for) bus journeys. Not only do they let you plan a journey between A and B, but they also show you the location of your bus in real-time on a user friendly map. Gone are the days of waiting around at the bus stop waiting for your bus.

Make sure you’re making the most of the apps available now by checking out our handy guide, or visit the Arriva, Stagecoach and Go North East websites to download the app today.

Apps also provide a great way to plan a journey by train. In a similar way to bus apps, they allow you to easily plan a journey between any two stations, whilst also providing direct access to live updates, station information, booking facilities and much more. We’ve provided links to our favourite rail apps below.

You can also get live updates on services with the Metro App. As well as pulling live travel alert data direct from Tyne and Wear Metro Control room the app incorporates official timetable and connection information.