Great North Run 2022: How to get to start line by Metro, bus and car

Runners should plan their travel ahead given road closures and a busy Great North Run start line

Great North Run 2022 participants can get to the famous A167 start line easily by Metro, bus or car.

The summer has flown by and now there are less than two weeks until the iconic Tyneside event returns.

Over 65,000 people will take part in this year's event, which is set to raise more than £25 million for charities.

It's vital that runners plan their travel ahead of race day with a significant number of road closures halting traffic in the city centre and across Gateshead and South Tyneside all the way to South Shields.

The start line for the Great North Run 2022 is on the A167 and can be accessed via Claremont Road. It's in the heart of Newcastle, and therefore very easy to get to.

The Elite Men and Masses start at 10:45 am with the event site open from 8 am and a mass warm up beginning at the precise time of 10:33 am.

What ticket should I buy to get to the Great North Run start line?

The Great North Run start line in the city centre (Image: Getty Images)

If you're using public transport to get to the start line, you'll be best off getting a multi-use travel ticket.

Nexus, Stagecoach, Arriva and Go North East have teamed up to offer a £6 ticket that will work across the North East public transport network on race day - that includes Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland.

These tickets are available to purchase now, as well as on Sunday, September 11 at Metro stations.

Runners can also buy wristbands online via the Nexus website until 5 pm on Friday, September 2.

Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro

Getting to the start line by Metro is probably the most straightforward way for most in the region. Trains are frequent on the day of the Great North Run and avoid road closures.

Haymarket is the nearest station to the start line and is less than a 20-minute walk to the start.

The distance is 0.8 miles, so does offer the chance of a short warm-up jog.

Bus

Runners wait for the bus (Image: Getty Images)

For those not on the Metro map, the start line is accessible by bus.

Runners should catch a bus to the Newcastle city centre and get off at Haymarket or Eldon Square.

These are two of the best-served bus stops in Newcastle and services are frequent from across Tyneside - you can plan your journey on Go North East here.

Car

The run will return to its usual route this year (Image: Getty Images)

If you need to get to the Great North Run start line via car, be aware that there is no specific parking for the event.

There is a significant amount of public parking in the city centre with nine multi-storey car parks, 52 off-street car parks and around 2,200 street parking bays. These will, of course, be highly sought-after on race day.

If coming by car, it may be easiest to be dropped off by friends or family where possible.