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How to get here

By Air

Air travellers are spoilt for choice. Set in the southern part of North East England, and in the North of Yorkshire Middlesbrough is easily served by 3 airports.

Durham Tees Valley International Airport is only 20 minutes away from Middlesbrough by car.

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Newcastle Airport to the north is just over 1 hour away from Middlesbrough by car.

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Leeds Bradford Airport to the south is just over 1 hour away from Middlesbrough by car.

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By Road

The A1 (M), A19 and A66 run through the region from the North to South and East to West and are usually congestion free. Motorway routes allow quick and stress free travel.

Video of the A19 at night is courtesy of Michael-Adam Goodwill.




By Transporter Bridge

The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge has been a symbol of the area since it was opened in 1911. Middlesbrough proudly celebrated its centenary in 2011. There are only two other Transporter Bridges still in existence in Britain. These bridges are at Newport (Gwent), opened 1906 and Warrington, opened 1916.

In December 1993, the bridge was awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' highest honour, The Heritage Plaque, for engineering excellence. Its historical importance was also recognised in 1985 by its listing as a Grade II* Listed Building.

The Middlesbrough Transporter is a total of 851 feet (259.3 metres) in length, the largest of all Transporter Bridges operating worldwide.

The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge is fully operational and provides a regular service between Middlesbrough and Port Clarence, on Monday - Saturday. It provides a valuable public transport service, crossing the river in two minutes.

By Rail

Middlesbrough railway station, is managed by train operating company First TransPennine Express (FTPE), with around 1.4m passengers using the station every year. The station is a Grade II listed building.

Opening times

Monday - Saturday:
05:20 - 23:30

07:40 - 00:30

The station is served by a number of lines: the Tees Valley Line from Bishop Auckland & Darlington to Saltburn (Northern Rail), the Esk Valley Line to Whitby via Nunthorpe and Grosmont (Northern Rail), the Durham Coast Line to Newcastle via Hartlepool and Sunderland (Northern Rail), the North TransPennine line to Manchester Airport via York and Leeds (First TransPennine Express).

The station car park is currently closed due to redevelopment. Customers are advised to use the parking facilities located on Wood Street or the Zetland multi-storey car park.

Middlesbrough Railway Station on TransPennine Express Website

Middlesbrough Railway Station on Northern Rail's Website

Platform Arts at Middlesbrough Railway Station

Platform Arts is a registered charity and provides affordable studio space for visual artists in the Tees Valley.

Platform Arts occupies purpose built studios within Middlesbrough Railway Station, a Grade II listed building. Housed in the old British Rail Parcel Store and Fish Quay, Platform Arts is the latest addition to Boho (Middlesbrough's creative and cultural quarter).

Artists within the new studios include contemporary painters, printmakers, sculptors and craftspeople.

Many of the self employed artists work on commissions and exhibit nationally and internationally whilst also facilitating community and educational projects both locally and nationally.

Platform Arts online

Platform A Gallery at Middlesbrough Railway Station

Founded as an extension to Platform Arts Studios in 2011, Platform A is a gallery dedicated to innovative developments in contemporary art through its diverse programme of exhibitions and is located on Platform 1 of Middlesbrough Railway Station.

Platform A represents emerging and established artists. Platform A is committed to working creatively, exploring new approaches to arrive at the best outcomes to provide the highest calibre exhibition programme.

Platform A Gallery

By Bus and Coach

Middlesbrough Bus StationMiddlesbrough Bus Station opened in 2002 and is the major transport hub within the Tees Valley providing local bus services to and from cities, town and villages around the Teesside area going as far afield as Scarborough, Darlington and Newcastle upon Tyne.

As well as local services the bus station also provides a newly refurbished, dedicated coach lounge where National Express run regular coach services from Middlesbrough to London, as well as other destinations including Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and more.

The bus station is located in the heart of the town centre and serves as a thoroughfare between two of the town’s major shopping areas – The Hillstreet shopping centre and Captain Cook Square and is in close proximity to the Cleveland Centre and Dundas Shopping.

In addition, the station itself houses 11 shop units, offices and public toilets including Middlesbrough’s first Changing Place facility.

The building receives in excess of 36,500 visitors a day and is open from 05:00am to 00:30am daily to accommodate the intercity coach services as well as 120 local buses per hour at peak times.

Shops within the Bus Station

Talk Talk Mobile Phones, Superstitch, Milligans Café, Occasions Newsagents, MEC Bike shop, Regal Amusements, Arriva Travel Shop, Bells Butchers, Appleyard Locksmiths, Karisma fashion and Elegance Florist.

Map of Bus Station stands

Visit the Connect Tees Valley website for a map of Middlesbrough Bus Station as well as stops in the town centre. 

Contact information

For National Express travel enquiries call 08717 818178* (0044 8717 818178 from overseas). Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

*Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras.

National Express

Public Transport Information

Stagecoach Buses

Arriva Buses

By Cycle

Middlesbrough features an extensive network of cycle routes to encourage journeys by bicycle. It now hosts a section of National Cycle Network routes NCN1 around the River Tees, and the start/end point of NCN65 at the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge.

Cycling links

Middlesbrough Cycle Centre

Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit

By Sea

P&O Ferries sail daily from Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge and DFDS Seaways sail from Newcastle to Amsterdam. Ferries are a convenient option when you want to take your car with you.

For further information contact:

P & O Ferries Call 08705 202020 or visit

DFDS Seaways Call 08705 333000 or visit

For Business

In the Tees Valley, you are directly connected to local, national and international markets. We have a great reputation as a hub for logistics operations.

Big names in UK wholesale and distribution already here include ASDA, Argos Direct, Aldi and Tesco.

Tees Valley Unlimited Logistics Handbook

Useful links

Connect Tees Valley