International Passenger Terminal, North Shields

​DFDS' cruise ferries sail from the International Ferry Terminal in North Shields.

Located just outside of Newcastle city centre, Amsterdam, and continental Europe are served by ferries from Newcastle.


International Passenger Terminal,
Royal Quays,
North Shields,
Tyne & Wear,
NE29 6EE

Facilities at the port include:

  • Café
  • Bureau de Change
  • Car Park
  • Shop
  • DFDS office
  • Arcade Games
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities


  • Shopping Centre
  • Swimming Pool

Getting to the port by car:

From Newcastle City Centre:

Take the A1 towards Morpeth and then the A19 towards the Tyne Tunnel.

On approach to the Tunnel, follow the International Ferry symbol onto the A187 towards North Shields. Continue along this road to the roundabout, take the second exit to the International Ferry Terminal, Royal Quays.

From the North:

Head for the Tyne Tunnel via the A19, then follow the directions as above.

From the South:

Approach via the A19 towards the Tyne Tunnel. Once through the Tunnel, join the A187 and proceed as above. Please Note: Drivers approaching from the South should allow extra time during the summer months when the tunnel can be extremely busy.

Getting there by Bus:

Newcastle Central Station is about 20 minutes by bus from the port. A special DFDS bus leaves from Newcastle Bewick Street (opposite Central Station) before each sailing. From only £3.80 per person each way, you can ride the DFDS Bus from Newcastle Bewick Street (opposite Central Station) to the International Ferry Terminal (and back). The easy way to get to your cruise ferry.

There are two DFDS ​bus departures for each sailing; the first one leaves at 14:45 and the second leaves at 15:45, 1 hour 15 minutes before departure. Book in advance or pay the driver when you board.

Getting to Newcastle by train:

With regular train services from major cities across the UK, Newcastle is within easy reach. For train times and fares please visit

From Newcastle centre to Ferry Terminal by Metro

From the city centre (or Newcastle Central Station) take the Tyne & Wear Metro to Percy Main; do not alight at North Shields as this is not the nearest station.

Getting to the Newcastle Ferry Terminal by Taxi:

Need to get to the ferry terminal? One of the most convenient ways is by taxi - You can book a taxi online with DFDS preferred taxi provider 'East Coast Taxis' by clicking on the following link: Book a Taxi online


​​​​​​Prices are subject to availability. Telephone booking fees apply. ​Terms & Conditions apply.


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