Hadrian's Wall has excellent local transport links, with even some of the more remote sites accessible. The AD122 Hadrian's Wall bus service provides a great way to visit the Wall in it's more remote centre section, while the metro in Newcastle provides easy access to most of the Roman sites in Newcastle. (The metro also connects the Airport to the centre of Newcastle and out to both the coast and Sunderland), and there are also local train services between Newcastle and Carlisle passing through Corbridge, Hexham and Newcastle (as does the express 685/X85 bus service).
*** Good News The AD122 the timetable for 2014 has now been published ***
The award winning AD122 bus is going to run from Easter right through to the end of September. Congratulations to all the people at the County Councils, Northumberland National Park and the National Trust who have have pulled this off despite budget cuts.
The service will run on the following days:
Saturday and Sundays from the 12th April to the 28th September
Monday to Friday from the 14th to 21st April, 5th May (bank-holiday) and 26th May to 29th August
The service will run between Hexham and Carlisle (with one service a day for Penrith. Hexham is easily accessable by bus and train from Newcastle.
Please use the service whenever possible so it can continue to operate in the future, as many areas are hard to get to by public transport without this service.
Use Traveline to find out how to get from A to B by public transport. Simply click on the link below to go to the Traveline site. Enter where you want to travel from and to and the date you want to travel on. The site tells you which trains and buses to use, it will even includes walking times between bus stops.
The main buses that you need are:
AD122 - Serves all the Roman sites between Hexham and Carlisle.
685 and X85 - Newcastle to Carlisle. Some services terminate at Hexham.
185 - Haltwhistle to Carlisle via the Roman Army museum and Gilsland
93 - Carlisle to Bowness on Solway. Connects the end of the Hadrians Wall path to Carlisle.
There are frequent buses throughout the area. The main bus station in Newcastle is at Eldon square from where you can get the 685 and x85 bus.<
The AD122 bus runs between Hexham and Haltwhistle - so you may want to get the bus or train to either of these and pick the AD122 up from there. Both Haltwhistle and Hexham have very good rail and bus (X85 and 10 to Hexham) connections with Newcastle and Carlisle.
The service is daily between the 3rd of April and the 27th of September. There is a range of 1, 3 and 7 day passes that can be used on this service; which can be bought on the bus or from tourist information centre's along the route.
You can also buy tickets for the AD122 bus through the Go North East website, which also has details of the fares. Tickets for the AD122 bus service.
Use the links below to get the timetables for some of these services:
The Metro is the best way to get around Newcastle.
One line connects the airport to the central station (AD122 bus as well as trains), with stops at Haymarket (for the museums) and Monument (for Eldon square - city center shops and the bus station).
Another line goes from the central station to Wallsend (for the start of the Hadrian Wall path) and continues on to the coast. Heading the other direction the metro goes to South Shields (for Arbeia - you can also get a ferry across the Tyne at this point linking up with the metro at North Shields).
There is a good local train service with Northern Rail between Newcastle and Carlisle.
This goes via the Metro centre (one of Europes largest shopping centers), Prudhoe (for Prudhoe castle), Corbridge, Hexham and Haltwhistle. Check their website for details and a range of special fares (such as the Hadrians Wall Country Line Day Ranger).Fares can be quite cheap especially with a railcard.
With the reduced AD122 service the train can get you fairly close to the Wall. The nearest stop for Vindolanda is Bardon Mills (about 2 miles), while Haltwhistle also has a pleasant walk along Haltwhistle Burn to the Wall itself.
A taxi to Vindolanda from Haltwhistle is likely to cost about £10 one way and £15 to Housesteads. From Hexham it will cost about £20 to Housesteads
Northern Rail also operate the Cumbrian Coast service. This allows you access to sites such as the Senhouse Roman museum at Maryport along with the West Coast of the Lake District. Check out Northern Rail website for more details.