An aerial shot of Newcastle

Accommodation and travel

It’s quick and easy to get to Newcastle, whether you're travelling by car, train, air or sea. With an international airport, fast and frequent rail connections, an international ferry terminal and a number of major road routes, the North East is probably closer than you think. Once you arrive, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to get around Newcastle. Choose from an array of public transport options including an efficient Metro network and wealth of bus services, or 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, or less from destinations such as Edinburgh and Leeds. 

Alternatively you can 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 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 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. If you are going to need a visa letter from us you must register for the conference by 31 March 2020. We aren’t legally allowed to provide general letters of invite to the conference.

Requests for letters in registrations made after the deadline will not be processed and visas are unlikely to be issued in time. Please ensure you allow a minimum of 3-4 months for any visa application to be processed by the British Embassy, or consulate, where you make your application. Please also ensure you follow the application instructions very closely.

03 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.