The North East is probably closer than you think! Whether you're travelling by car, train, air or sea, it’s quick and easy to get to Newcastle. There’s an international airport, fast and frequent rail connections, an international ferry terminal and several major road routes. Once you arrive, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to get around. Choose from an array of public transport options including an efficient Metro network and bus services. Or you can enjoy Newcastle on foot.

01 Getting to the conference

The closest national railway station is Newcastle Central. You can arrive in around three hours from London or Birmingham, less from destinations such as Edinburgh and Leeds.

You can also travel by coach or Megabus. The Megabus stops in the centre of Newcastle on John Dobson Street, beside Newcastle City Library which is a 15-minute walk to The Civic Centre. The National Express Bus Service stops at Newcastle Coach Station which is a 20-minute walk from The Civic Centre.

If you’re coming from further afield, Newcastle has both international ferry and airport terminals. There are direct daily flights from major European hubs including Amsterdam, Brussels, Munich, and Paris, and those further afield, including Dubai. The airport is serviced by the public Metro system making travel into the city, and to the conference venue easy.

The closest Metro station to the conference venue is Haymarket.

Find out more about getting to Newcastle, left luggage facilities and more on the NewcastleGateshead website.

02 Arriving at the airport

If you're arriving at Newcastle Airport, the quickest way into the city is by metro. The airport station is accessed from the airport, just follow the yellow signs. Get off at Haymarket for the conference venue, or Monument/Central Station for most hotels. There is an airport taxi service (Arrow Cars) with a booking desk in the terminal, but it can involve long waits. Local minicab firms that will do airport pick-ups include Budget: 0191 2985050 or Blueline: 0191 2626666.

03 Visas

If you’re coming to the BISA conference from outside the UK, you might need a visa. Check if this applies to you at

Once you have been accepted to present on the conference programme, and you have registered and paid to attend, we can provide you with a letter to confirm this. You will make your request for a visa letter as part of the registration process. We aren’t legally allowed to provide general letters of invite to the conference.

If you are applying for a standard visitor visa (please do not assume this is the correct visa for you – use the link at the top of this section to find out), current government guidance states that the earliest you can apply is three months before travel. Therefore you will need to register and pay for the conference before obtaining your visa. We will issue a refund to any delegate who is turned down for a visa. Please send proof to

Requests for visa letters made after the 4 March deadline unfortunately cannot be accepted.

Please also ensure you follow the visa application instructions very closely.

04 Accommodation

Newcastle has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. From luxury accommodation to budget hotels, serviced apartments or the convenience of an airport hotel. We are working with the NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau who have provided a dedicated hotel booking page where you can book your accommodation. Of course, you are also free to look for alternative places to stay.