Newcastle Port of Tyne Cruise Parking Guide

If you’re planning to take a cruise (or even a ferry) from Newcastle’s Port of Tyne, then it’s a good idea to plan your car parking in advance.

Parking at the Port of Tyne is easy, but it can be quite expensive. However, I do have some options to save you some money.

Port of Tyne

In this guide, I’ll show you all of the options for parking near Newcastle Cruise Terminal, so you can decide which is the best for you.

Where Do Cruise Ships Dock in Newcastle UK?

In Newcastle, cruise ships dock at the International Passenger Terminal in North Shields. This is located 9 miles from Newcastle City Centre, on the north bank of the River Tyne.

Newcastle cruise port address: International Passenger Terminal, Coble Dene, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE29 6EE

Here’s a map…

As well as handling cruise ships such as Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral and Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition, the International Passenger Terminal also handles ferry passengers heading from Newcastle to Amsterdam with DFDS.

Now, let’s take a look at the three options you have for Newcastle port parking for a cruise…

1. Parking at Newcastle Port

The most convenient place to park your car when you cruise from Newcastle is the Port of Tyne car park. This is located just a few minutes walk from the terminal.

Car parking at the Port of Tyne costs £12 per day.

Port of Tyne Parking

You cannot reserve or pre-pay for parking at the Port of Tyne. You must pay by credit or debit card or in cash when you return. There are pay stations inside the terminal and at the car park entrance.

Port of Tyne vehicle check in

You’ll want to make sure that you keep your ticket safe during your cruise, as lost tickets are charged at £15 per day.

If you book Fred Olsen cruise parking Newcastle, then it’s Port of Tyne where you’ll be parking your car.

Indeed, cruise lines such as Fred. Olsen and Ambassador Cruise Line can sometimes arrange Port of Tyne parking at a discounted rate. It may be worth asking your cruise line (or travel agent if you used one) whether they can arrange parking for you.

2. Cheaper Car Parking Options

Car Parks Near the Port of Tyne

If you don’t want to shell out £168 to park your car for a 14-night cruise, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are some cheaper car parks near Newcastle Port.

Using websites such as and to look up the nearest car parks to the port, I was able to find secure parking within one mile for £21 for 14 nights. That’s a saving of £147!

Even on shorter cruises, there are some good savings to be made.

How To Use Parking Booking Websites

  1. Select ‘Hourly’ parking
  2. Enter ‘Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal’ into the search box
  3. Enter your dates and times
  4. Hit ‘Search’

You can filter your search results to show only parking spaces that have features such as CCTV, electric vehicle charging and disabled access.

Some of the cheapest options are to park on private driveways for hire, although you’ll find lots of secure car parks on these websites too.

Remember that depending on where you park, you may need to factor in the cost of a taxi or Uber to get to the port.

As these two websites feature different car parks, I always like to check both to find the best deal.

Parking at Newcastle Airport

Many cruisers like to park at Newcastle International Airport because the car parking at the official airport car park is extremely secure with barriers, CCTV and 24-hour staff patrols. It’s also surprisingly cheap, especially when you book it through a site such as

Using this site, I found parking at Newcastle Airport for 14 nights for only £86. That’s a saving of £82 compared to parking at the cruise port.

The airport is 14 miles from the cruise port, so you’ll need to factor in the cost of a taxi, Uber, or Metro ride.

Fares from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle Cruise Port (each way)

  • Taxi – £40
  • Uber – £25
  • Metro – £3.25

The nearest Metro station to Newcastle Cruise Terminal is Percy Main. This is 1.2 miles away, so it would take around 25 minutes to walk to the port.

Free Parking on Residential Streets

Locals have reported that there is lots of free parking on the residential streets around Meadow Well metro station. This is about a mile, or a 20-minute walk, from Newcastle cruise port.

Meadow Well Metro Station
Photo © Andrew Curtis (cc-by-sa/2.0)

While it’s not illegal to park your car on a residential street for long periods of time, you may wish to think twice about doing this, particularly if you’re worried about your car being damaged while you’re away. You may also wish to check that this is covered by your car insurance.

3. Hotels With Parking Near Newcastle Port

If you plan on driving for more than a couple of hours to Newcastle, then it’s a good idea to stay in a hotel the night before your cruise. This will enable you to wake up fresh, ready to start your holiday, without worrying about tackling the rush-hour traffic around Newcastle.

A hotel and cruise parking deal can actually work out much cheaper than parking at the port, meaning that your hotel stay is essentially free!

The nearest and best hotel near the Port of Tyne is the Premier Inn North Shields.

Depending on your dates, you can get a double room for less than £50, with free parking.

Premier Inn North Sheilds
Premier Inn North Sheilds

Some hotels offer a shuttle service to take you to the cruise terminal, but even if you have to pay for a taxi, this can still be a good deal.

List of Newcastle Hotels With Cruise Parking

  1. Premier Inn North Shields – 0.5 miles
  2. Grand Hotel Gosforth Park – 10 miles
  3. Holiday Inn Newcastle Gosforth Park – 11 miles
  4. Travelodge Newcastle Airport – 12 miles

If you’re considering this option, I recommend that you check out my full guide to The Best Hotels Near Newcastle Cruise Port With Parking.

Parking Recommendation for Cruises from Newcastle

Which is the best parking in Newcastle for your cruise depends on what your priorities are.

If the price isn’t of concern and you just want the easiest option, then the on-site Newcastle cruise terminal parking costs £12 per day.

While the cheapest option would be to park on the road for free, this probably isn’t a great idea. So use and to find the cheapest secure parking spaces nearby.

If you’d like to stay in a hotel before your cruise, Premier Inn North Shields is the nearest as it’s within walking distance from the port. On-site parking is free, but you’ll want to call the hotel to check that it’s available throughout your cruise and to get a quote.

How To Get to Newcastle Cruise Terminal

Here are the driving directions to reach Newcastle Cruise port…


  1. Head north along the A1(M) and onto the A194(M)
  2. Continue under the A184 onto the A194.
  3. At the junction with the A19, turn left towards the Tyne Tunnel
  4. At the next roundabout take the first exit into the Tyne Tunnel. There is a charge of £2.20 per car which you pay on your phone – don’t forget or you’ll get a fine!
  5. When you exit the tunnel, keep right and pass through either of the two toll booths furthest to your right. Keep right onto the roundabout for the A187
  6. Take the first exit at the roundabout and the third exit at the next roundabout
  7. Continue ahead at the next roundabout and take the second exit at the next roundabout onto Coble Dene
  8. Continue ahead at the roundabout and take the third exit at the next roundabout
  9. The International Passenger Terminal is situated at the end of this road


  1. Exit the A1 southbound at junction 80. At the end of the slip road turn left onto the A19
  2. Remain on the A19 over three roundabouts. Then, leave the A19 following signs for Royal Quays. At the end of the slip road take the first exit onto the A193
  3. At the next roundabout take the third exit and continue on to the next roundabout, taking the first exit onto the A187
  4. Continue ahead at the next roundabout and take the second exit at the next roundabout onto Coble Dene
  5. Continue ahead at the roundabout and take the third exit at the next roundabout
  6. The International Passenger Terminal is situated at the end of this road
Port of Tyne

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6 thoughts on “Newcastle Port of Tyne Cruise Parking Guide”

  1. Thanks for the great information. Regarding passengers whose cruise ship docks at the International Passenger Terminal in North Shields for one day and who would like to be picked-up by a rental car company or by an Uber driver, what would be the usual place to be picked-up from?
    Thanks a lot.

    • You can get picked up right outside the terminal door. I got a taxi from there and it came right to the terminal, it’s not very big.

      • Thank you.

  2. Thanks very much, really useful advice to help plan our parking arrangements for a cruise.

  3. Very interesting information. While I was talking with my cousin living in New Castle, when mentioned that KLM has direct flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam, then a short flight to New Castle, then he mentioned about the ferry service in between Amsterdam to New Castle. Once crossed the English channel from Dover to Calais which was a very interesting short journey. 16.45 hours trip from Amsterdam to New Castle will be very enjoyable.

  4. Thanks for the info!

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