Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Newcastle Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
Don’t sleep near the bathroom. The door bangs and woke me up everytime someone needed to go. -Stef
NCL Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Newcastle International Airport.
What to Expect
Newcastle Airport (code: NCL) has a large, modern terminal that handles European and international routes. Facilities include several shops and eateries as well as free WiFi. A landside eatery, Greggs, is open 24 hours. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter two airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Airport staff seem to have no problems with overnight campers. There are some comfortable couches and chairs in the 24 hours landside eatery. Beyond that, armrest-free is fairly limited, so look around for some or opt for the floor. Bring a blanket and earplugs to combat chilly temperatures and standard airport noise. For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are on airport premises in walking distance of the terminal. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Newcastle Airport Guide.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Newcastle Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle International Airport – (5 minute walk from the airport) Adjacent to the airport. Day rooms are offered based on availability. » Check Rates
- Novotel Newcastle Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Britannia Hotel Newcastle Airport – (5 minute walk to the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Newcastle Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Passes Aspire Lounge – Location: Airside, Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Passes AspirePlus Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, Level 1. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes.
If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.
British Airways Lounge – Location: Airside, Lower Level.
Free WiFi is available at Newcastle Airport. Connect to the “_NCLFreeWiFi” network. A faster premium service can also be purchased for £5. If you wish to upgrade, follow the instructions from the “_NCLPremiumWiFi” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Travelex machines which dispense Euros and British Pounds. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.
Baby Care Facilities – Four baby-change facilities are available, two landside and two airside.
Baggage Porters – Baggage porter service is available at a cost of 12£ for up to 4 bags and 5£ for each additional suitcase. More information on the baggage porter desk in the arrivals hall.
Currency Exchange – Travelex operates locations both Landside and Airside. Hours: Vary depending on the day of the week but open as early as 3:30AM and close as late as 9:00PM.
Disabled Services – A Changing Places toilet is now available at the airport to assist travellers who require extra space and facilities. Location: Landside.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available at the airport as well as a small selection of shops such as WH Smith (4 locations), etc. Hours: all shops operate from 4:00AM – 8:00PM with the exception of the Duty Free and WH Smith locations which are open from the first to the last flight.
Fast Track Service – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Cost: £3.00, book online.
Food & Drinks – A the time of this update, Gregg’s (Landside) is open 24 hours. The airport offers 10 restaurants/coffee shops (Landside and Airside) which are open on varying schedules. The M&S Food to Go (Landside) might be a good option for last minute snacks and drinks.
Games Room – Namco Games offers dance mats, slot machines, air hockey table, soccer machine and more. The Flying Hippo restaurant, located airside, has a child-friendly area.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Landside beside WH Smith. Hours: 24 hours a day. Fee: £8 per piece per 24 hours.
Luggage Wrapping – Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags by having their covered in plastic wrap. Cost: 5£ for standard size suitcase; 8£ for large suitcase.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Pharmacy – Boots is available according to flight schedules. You can also pre-order baby food (24 hours ahead) and pick it up at the location after security.
Prayer Room – Hours: open 24 hours. Location: Level 2, main terminal building.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside of the terminal. Once you are airside you can smoke in a designated area outside – accessed via Bar 11 (you must be a patron).
Spa Services – AeroSpa offers a variety of spa services. You can book your appointment online to save time. Location: Airside. Hours: unknown.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The following car rental agencies are available onsite, on the ground floor opposite Domestic Arrivals: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Interrent • National.
Tyne and Wear Metro light rail system links the airport to stops at Haymarket, Monument and Central Station in Newcastle city center, and a metro stopn Sunderland. Trains depart daily every 12 minutes between 5:44AM (6:27AM on Sundays) to11:58PM, with a one-way journey time of 25 minutes between the airport and Newcastle city center. Connections to long-distance trains on the North East rail network are available from Central Station in Newcastle.
Arrow Cars is the official taxi service provider for Newcastle Airport, and the only taxi company authorized to pick up and drop off passengers directly outside of the terminal. Taxis can be booked at the service desk located near the Domestic Arrivals area, or at the taxi rank in front of the terminal. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
Last updated: 2020-06-17
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.