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Newcastle

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Practical Info about Newcastle

Getting around the city

Newcastle has an excellent public transport system, with plenty of buses, trains and taxis available. It may be worth phoning ahead for a taxi at the weekend, as the city can get quite busy. Newcastle is also home to the UK's first light rapid rail transit system, the Tyne and Wear Metro, a fast and efficient means of transport that operates within the city and connects Newcastle and Gateshead. There are plenty of car rental agencies in the city, though exploring Newcastle on foot is perhaps the best way to take in all the sights and sounds. There are also several cycling paths and bike rental options.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Electricity

The electrical current in the UK is 230 volts, 50Hz. Flat three-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The currency is the British Pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.

Communication

The international country dialling code for the UK is +44. Mobile phone coverage is extensive, using GSM 1800 networks which may not be compatible with some dual-band US cell phones. Internet cafes are available in all major towns and cities, train stations and airports and wifi is widely available.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 999/112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2015 2016
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
New Years Holiday (Scotland only) 2 Jan 2 Jan
St Patricks Day (Northern Ireland only) 17 Mar 17 Mar
Good Friday 3 Apr 25 Mar
Easter Monday 6 Apr 28 Mar
May Day 4 May 2 May
Spring Bank Holiday 25 May 30 May
Orangemens Day (Northern Ireland only) 12 Jul 12 Jul
Summer Bank Holiday 31 Aug 29 Aug
St Andrews Day (Scotland only) 30 Nov 30 Nov
Christmas 25 Dec 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Newcastle's climate is temperate, and although typical of the United Kingdom, it can be highly changeable. Due to the Gulf Stream, temperatures are usually warmer than in the rest of the UK and as Newcastle is in the rain shadow of the North Pennines, it is also one of the UK's driest cities. Summers are usually sunny and warm, with an avergare high in July of 68°F (20°C), while winters are cold, with occasional snow and average temperatures between 32°F (0°C) and 44°F (7°C).

Newcastle International Airport

www.newcastleairport.com

Getting to the city

The Metro system connects the airport to Newcastle Central Station, and other parts of the city, leaving every few minutes. Buses also leave regularly for the Eldon Square Bus Concourse.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside the terminal.

Facilities

Newcastle Airport has shops, bars and restaurants. Other facilities include a bank, bureaux de change, ATMs, left luggage, baby care rooms, and a children's play area. There is a business facility in the main terminal building equipped with fax, photocopier and internet access. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs are advised to inform their airline or travel agent in advance.

Parking

The short-stay and express parking lots are located directly opposite the terminal. The medium-stay lot, just beyond, offers 15 minutes free parking for picking up or dropping off passengers. The long-term lots are located furthest from the terminal and offer the cheapest daily and weekly rates. Discounted rates are available for bookings made via the airport website.

Internet

Free wifi is available for 30 minutes at various restaurants amd coffee shops, after making one purchase.