NEWCASTLE AIRPORT CAR HIRE
HIRE A CAR FROM NEWCASTLE AIRPORT
Newcastle airport is located 7 miles north-east of Newcastle city centre and handles 4 million passengers a year flying to over 70 destinations. The airport charges a minimum of £1 to pick-up or drop-off passengers.
By car - Newcastle within easy reach of Durham, Darlington and Middlesbrough and is easily accessible via the A1(M) from other major northern cities such as Leeds, York and Edinburgh. From the A1(M), turn off onto the A696 - this will lead you directly to the airport. It is well signposted.
Newcastle - mention Newcastle, and the first things people think of are the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle United Football Club, the Great North Run half-marathon and Newcastle Brown Ale. However, Newcastle is the commercial, educational and cultural hub of the North East of England as well as a superb shopping centre (9th in the UK). The main shopping street is Northumberland Street, once ranked as the most expensive shopping street for rent, outside London, in the UK. Despite Europe’s largest indoor shopping complex, the Metro Centre, being just outside the city, the centre still offers an unsurpassed range of shops, restaurants and bars. The city consistently features in the top ten for nightlife. However, for those intending on taking a more sedate visit, there’s plenty to choose from for art, culture, theatre and music lovers.
Airport facilities - Information desk, left luggage, Beauty Lounge, Bureaux de Change, NatWest Bank and cash machines, disabled toilets situated at various points throughout the Terminal building with wheelchairs upon request. Newcastle airport has several shops inside the Terminal building. These include Boots, W H Smith and a tax and a duty-free shop. There are a number of places to eat in the departure lounge: The food village serves a variety of hot and cold meals and snacks. There is also a burger restaurant; and both hot and cold drinks, pastries and sandwiches can be purchased at Costa Coffee (also located in the departure lounge). Alcoholic beverages are available in the Bar des Voyageurs.
Hotels - there are several Newcastle airport hotels available, both on airport and close by. A full range of budget to luxury is available in the city.
NEWCASTLE AIRPORT CAR RENTAL INFORMATION
There are five car hire providers located in the Terminal building opposite the domestic arrivals’ hall at Newcastle airport who should between them be able to provide the car suitable for your need, even executive car hire if you are on a business trip.
Although minibuses and vans are not available from these operators at the airport, booking in advance may help you secure one of you particularly need one. Also, should you need child car seats or a satellite navigation system, you are advised to mention this in advance, as at busy times they might not always be available.
Aside from regular models such as saloons, estates and large family cars, people carriers may be available from some of the operators, but again, it is best to check in advance if you require one of these vehicle types.
You should have you driving licence, secondary ID (passport, to prove it’s you) and a credit/ debit card with you, even if you fill in the details on any forms you complete in advance.
Bear in mind that minimum ages do apply to rentals (different operators have different minimum ages) and the young driver daily surcharge is nearly always applied without exception for under 25’s, although it may differ for each provider. There can also be an airport surcharge fee that the rental operator passes on from the airport. Simply check all your documentation for any ambiguities before signing on the dotted line, and query anything you are unsure of.
If you don’t book in advance, you can always book at the desk or by phone, although it is acknowledged that you will always get the best deal by booking in advance.
Don’t forget the UK drives on the left, which means that approaching junctions, roundabouts and filtering onto carriageways (60mph speed limit) and motorways (70mph limit) will be different to that for drivers used to driving on the right. And make sure you familiarise yourself with car controls that might be different to those you are used to.