Public transport


  1. Overview
  2. Metro
  3. Ferry
  4. Trains
  5. Buses


South Tyneside is in a prime position for accessing the cities of Newcastle and Sunderland. A fantastic range of transport links are available, including a rail network, Metro system, regular buses and cross-river ferries to North Tyneside


Metro line closure

No metro trains will run in either direction between South Shields and Pelaw between Monday 12 September and Saturday 3 December 2022

This is to allow for major improvement work to the metro service between these stations.

A frequent replacement bus service will be in operation.

Bus service 900 will call at all affected stations on the route and the X900 will provide an express service between South Shields and Heworth.

The service between South Shields and Pelaw will return on Sunday 4 December.

Find out more at Nexus: Metro line closure between South Shields and Pelaw (Metro Flow project).

The Metro system is the ideal way to travel between the city and the seaside and has been rated as one of the UK's most efficient modes of transport, serving Tyneside and Sunderland.

The Metro provides a fast and frequent service in and around Tyne and Wear. 

For more information, visit the Nexus TravelShop at South Shields Transport Interchange.

Metro stations in South Tyneside include:

Yellow line:

  • South Shields
  • Chichester
  • Tyne Dock
  • Simonside
  • Bede
  • Jarrow
  • Hebburn

Green line:

  • Fellgate
  • Brockley Whins
  • East Boldon

For up to the minute travel information and to book tickets, please visit Nexus.


The Shields Ferry provides a convenient link across the Tyne from South to North Shields (journey time: 7 minutes). The Ferry landing is a short walk from South Shields Transport Interchange.

Ferry timetable
South Shields - North ShieldsAt 15 minutes past and 45 minutes past the hour
North Shields - South ShieldsOn the hour and at 30 minutes past the hour

Park and Ride is available at North Shields ferry landing and bicycles are permitted on the ferry at no extra charge.


Newcastle's Central Station is on the main East Coast railway line between London and Edinburgh and there are regular services from the Midlands and the West. The station is located in Newcastle city centre and is the regional hub for both long and short distance rail services.

Central Station Metro station is located within the rail station and offers a direct connection to South Shields Transport Interchange (journey time: 26 minutes).


South Shields Transport Interchange is in the centre of South Shields and serves routes to Gateshead, Newcastle and Sunderland. Stagecoach and Go North East bus operators serving the Borough sell discounted return tickets.