How to get around Newcastle during the Rugby World Cup at St James' Park

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Newcastle is playing host to the Rugby World Cup for three matches:

  • South Africa v Scotland - Saturday, October 3rd - 16:45

  • New Zealand v Tonga - Friday, October 9th - 20:00

  • Samoa v Scotland - Saturday, Oct 10th - 14:30

Use this guide to help you plan the best way to get to and from St James' Park during the tournament's time in Newcastle.

Road closures:

  • Barrack Road

  • Strawberry Place

  • Pitt Street

  • Leazes Terrace

  • St Andrew's Street - only Taxis will have access

Road closures will begin at 12:45 on October 3rd, 16:00 on October 9th and 10:30 on October 10th. Click here to see a full size map.

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  • There is no set-down or pick-up allowed at the venue on match days

  • Spectators should advise their driver to use the preferred set-down and pick-up points at Strawberry Lane/Gallowgate or the bus station and rail station


  • Newcastle Central Station is the closest to St James' Park

  • Organisers have warned spectators not to leave it to the last train on the day of the New Zealand v Tonga match on the evening of Friday, October 9th as many others will be doing the same

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  • Nearest Metro Stations: Haymarket, Monument or St James

  • For further information click here


  • Use Haymarket for services from Northumberland and the north

  • Use Eldon Square for services from County Durham and the south

  • These are located adjacent to each other on Percy Street, next to Haymarket Metro station


  • Newcastle Airport is five miles from the stadium

  • It is around a 25 minute journey from the Airport to St James' Park via the Metro. The service runs approximately every 12 minutes

  • A taxi takes about 15 minutes and costs approximately £20-25

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  • The stadium is a 10 minute walk (about 500 metres) from the city centre, bus and rail stations and the Fanzone


There is no dedicated spectator car parking at the stadium other than for blue badge holders. Others should use:

  • Newcastle Falcons (NE13 8AF), which is open 05:00-00:00

  • Once parked one can take the Metro from Kingston Park to Haymarket or Monument Station

  • Metrocentre Coach Park (NE11 9YG), which is open all day

  • From there several bus services provide a direct link to the stadium

  • Park & Ride spaces are limited so spectators are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment

  • There are also a limited number of pre-bookable spaces available within 15 minutes’ walk of the stadium. They cost £15 for 1 day and £20 for 2 days and can be booked by emailing -

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