Situated only 3 miles south of the Scottish Border in North Northumberland, Berwick has to be the ideal car-free destination, accessible by train and bus, and a springboard for long distance walking and cycling routes. Getting to Berwick is easy and best done by rail allowing you to sit back and enjoy a journey through some beautiful country when coming from either the North or South.
London North Eastern Railway (LNER) operate on the East Coast Mainline linking Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London. Cross Country Trains connect Scotland, the North-East and the South-West of England. Both companies operate regular trains calling at Berwick and services from Edinburgh and Newcastle are hourly taking just 45 minutes. Trains from London Kings Cross take approx. 3hrs 30 minutes.
Berwick is well served by various bus companies, you can plan you journey here or, if you know which service you require, click on the correct service provider for links to their websites;
Arriva North East (North East Coast inc; Bamburgh, Seahouses, Alnwick, Newcastle)
Border Buses (Berwick Town service, Holy Island, Wooler, Scottish Borders, Edinburgh)
National Express (National coaches)
Travelsure (Duns, Eyemouth)
Visiting Holy Island from Berwick-upon-Tweed
The bus service to Holy Island from Berwick runs on most Wednesdays and Saturdays through the winter, increasing to a daily service during Easter School Holidays and during the Summer months, for times please check Border Buses website.
Berwick lies immediately adjacent to the A1 and sits midway between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Both cities are just over 65 miles away and driving from either one will take a little over an hour.
Newcastle and Edinburgh Airports are well served by a range of airlines including a number of low cost operators. Newcastle airport has a direct metro connection to the city centre and train station while Edinburgh Airport has a regular shuttle bus service to the city centre and Waverley Station. (See By Train above).
Berwick has FREE parking in the town centre (all Northumberland County Council Car Parks.) Short stay car parks require display of a parking clock, which you can buy and use in Northumberland for £1 (available at Berwick TIC, many shops and in most car park machines.)
Car hire is available in Berwick-upon-Tweed from a local company;
East Coast Rental, 11 Silver Street, Berwick - 01289 307611
If you are arriving by air and looking to hire a car from the airport, there are many national companies available, including Rhino Car Hire.
There are numerous taxi companies in Berwick-upon-Tweed, with taxi ranks at the Railway station and in the town centre. For a complete list please download the taxi list here.
With Berwick Hoppa Bus it is now easier than ever to get around town. From Berwick Holiday Park to Tweedmouth West End, the service operates on a 'hail and ride' basis allowing visitors to hop on and off wherever it is safe to do so (operates Thursday-Sunday).