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There are numerous methods of travel within the city. The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive coordinates an extensive bus network throughout the Newcastle-Gateshead area with buses being operated by Go North East, Stagecoach Newcastle, Arriva and QuayLink.
Walking is a good option in the city centre, which is quite compact. Streets are usually well-lit and safe to walk down, and is fairly flat (until you try to get to the Quayside).
The city also has a light rail system called the Tyne and Wear Metro. One line goes from the city’s airport to South Hylton (Sunderland) via the city centre, while another goes from St James' via the North Tyneside Coast loop to South Shields. Travel is zoned and currently costs £1.40 for 1 zone, £2.20 for 2 zones and £2.90 for 3 zones one-way. Return tickets and day passes are much better value for money, these all being available from the automatic machines in stations. The Metro is run on an honour system in that tickets are not checked before you board the train. Frequent inspections occur on both trains and at exits from platforms.
To get between North and South Shields, two towns located at the mouth of the river Tyne, but on opposing sides, use the Shields Ferry. It runs dozens of trips between the two shores seven days a week for a combined 21,000 trips a year, and is worth trying just for the experience. Also worth a look is the Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel between Howdon and Jarrow, which was built in the 1950s as an easy means of getting to work in the shipyards that lined the river on both banks (it has a cycle lane too). It no longer has huge crowds, but again it's an interesting experience to walk under the river.
Just outside North Shields, there is an international ferry terminal with regular car ferries to/from: