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This may sound really silly, but how do I get from Newcastle Airport to Durham? I'm assuming that there will be buses, trains and taxis. I would love to take a taxi, but I'm not sure if it can fit all my luggage.

Will it be able to hold 4 suitcases? (Samsonite Oysters) + my Mum and I.

Oh, and how much should the journey cost?

I can't imagine taking a bus or train with this amount of luggage, yet if its going to cost zillions just to take a taxi, I may well have to settle for those options.
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I read it costs about £25 for a taxi from newcastle to durham after a night out, well if its a normal black cab then i would guess ur cases will fit in quite easily, i wouldnt go on the bus, but the train may be possible as there might be people to help you if ur lucky
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Taxi is your best bet I think. If you phone in advance to let them know how much luggage you'll have, they should be able to sort out an estate or something. At a guess I think you're looking at £30 or so since the airport is bit outside of Newcastle proper.

Train might be do-able if you and you mum are ok with the luggage. There's a direct metro from the airport to Newcastle Central but as far as I can remember there isn't a lift at the station which makes it very difficult to get to the platform level. It would def be cheaper though (about £5 each to get to Durham plus another £3 for a taxi from the station to college).
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Thanks so much for the advice!

I'm okay with 30-40 pounds for a taxi. After paying so much for airfare and lodging, I'd do anything to get to college in one piece, without having to suffer too much. Plus, since we're not very strong and we're unfamiliar with the place, I think taxis are the best bet.

Do you have any numbers I can call and do they levy surcharges for calling? Or will there be some kind of taxi stand there?

Thanks once again.
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Thanks so much for the advice!

I'm okay with 30-40 pounds for a taxi. After paying so much for airfare and lodging, I'd do anything to get to college in one piece, without having to suffer too much. Plus, since we're not very strong and we're unfamiliar with the place, I think taxis are the best bet.

Do you have any numbers I can call and do they levy surcharges for calling? Or will there be some kind of taxi stand there?

Thanks once again.
I've never been to newcastle airport, but everyother similar place i have been has a taxi rank outside the front where you can just get in and go
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we crammed my luggage (think big) and 2 others lot into a taxi in ibiza, along with us 3, and we were fine. If all else fails try ur charm with the cabby 'oh ur a big man, im only weak and girly heehee!' if ur lucky he'll carry it up to ur room for u!
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we crammed my luggage (think big) and 2 others lot into a taxi in ibiza, along with us 3, and we were fine. If all else fails try ur charm with the cabby 'oh ur a big man, im only weak and girly heehee!' if ur lucky he'll carry it up to ur room for u!
If I was as pretty as you, it wouldn't be a problem
Now that I'm almost certain I'll take a taxi, I'm not too worried about my luggage. I'm probably bringing 2 suitcases, and 3 boxes. My mum's stuff will be in her own suitcase.
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Thanks so much for the advice!



Do you have any numbers I can call and do they levy surcharges for calling? Or will there be some kind of taxi stand there?
You won't need to call as there will be plenty of taxis around the airport.
You may get lucky and get a mini van- I once had a whole minivan to myself and if you see one waiting I'm sure you can go for that one even if they're not first in the line.

I'm warning you though, not all taxis from Newcastle will know exactly where your college is (what is it?) so you'll need to get directions in advance. Durham isn't the easiest of places to get lost in with a car!!
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As some one who recently took a taxi from Newcastle Airport, I can tell you that you would certainly fit a lot of luggage in the boot/back of the cab. It can easily fit what you require. Also, there is a taxi rank just outside the arrivals lounge after you come through customs etc. This is naturally a 24hr service and there is a kinda "marshall" bloke who radios certain taxis to come if you need a larger one and none are available at the rank.

However, bear in mind that this is going to cost you the thick end of £60 to get to Durham. Ok, that's maybe a bit too much, perhaps £50, but I doubt any less.

You could always get the Metro (like an underground/tube thing) from the Airport to Newcastle Central Station, then, having gotten off the metro, get the lift (2 trips perhaps) up to the railway station, and if you phone ahead (will PM you telephone number if you want it), they will get someone to meet you to help with your luggage. then you could always take the train to Durham (about £7 in total per person so far), and get a taxi from Durham station to college.

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Just to say we all think ure preety flo!

Were cramming all our stuff into a ford fiesta. Not sure if it can be done yet. With my mum's driving im certainly sitting amongst the duvets and pillows though!
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hey.

just wondering if any southerners are planning to fly home at the end of term.. its just im looking in to it. As its only slightly more expensive than the train and a darn sight easier..
xPx
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£60 for a taxi from Newcastle airport sounds too expensive, wonder if that's only if you use a taxi from the airport as opposed to booking one in advance

would say £40 maximum though

Pratt's is the biggest taxi firm in Durham - 0191 386 0700 or 0191 386 4040
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cheapest way is to take an airplane. shop around. only if newcastle airport flies there and durham have an airport.
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Hi,
this is a relevant thread,
i wud be arriving @ Newcastle airport on the 28th morning
is there a plane that goes from newcastle to durham?
if not, is the metro close enuff?
pls. help me with this one....

Thanks

Vikram K
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Hiya Vikram,

I highly doubt there are planes from Newcastle to Durham since the only thing even remotely resembling a landing strip in Durham would be the little patch of grass between the Cathedral and Castle.

You can take the metro to Newcastle train station and then a train from there to Durham which will take about 10 minutes. This is cheap and quick, but can be a pain if you have a lot of luggage. The only reasonable option I see is a taxi which will take you all the way to the front door of your college.

Just to make sure - have you informed your college about arriving so early?Because if you haven't, they might not be able to give you a room yet!! So make sure to do that. The international induction doesn't begin until the 30th and Freshers' Week in most colleges starts on the 3rd so college will not expect students to arrive that early on.

But I'm sure you have got that figured out
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Woah Thanks for the many helpful replies

Looks like taxi it is for me. The flight from Brunei to Durham has already costs us loads, so an extra 50-60 pounds is worth it, especially after such a long and tiring flight.

I'll just ask around when I reach Newcastle Airport and get the most convenient taxi option available.

xoxo
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Woah Thanks for the many helpful replies

Looks like taxi it is for me. The flight from Brunei to Durham has already costs us loads, so an extra 50-60 pounds is worth it, especially after such a long and tiring flight.

I'll just ask around when I reach Newcastle Airport and get the most convenient taxi option available.

xoxo
yep, may as well - you'd still need one from the train station in Durham anyway, and you will save a lot of time

no airport in Durham btw, Newcastle and Teesside are the only ones nearby
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yep, may as well - you'd still need one from the train station in Durham anyway, and you will save a lot of time

no airport in Durham btw, Newcastle and Teesside are the only ones nearby
Yeppers, I know.. That's why I'm flying from Brunei, transitting in Dubai, Heathrow then Newcastle. Haha, will take me more than a day to get there.
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im transitting in dubai as well...
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im transitting in dubai as well...
Woah What airlines are you taking anyway? And your journey is even further than mine lolz.
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