Sunderland travel guide

Sunderland Tourism | Sunderland Guide

You're Going to Love Sunderland

With a population of 177.965, Sunderland is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom.

Where to Eat in Sunderland

If you’re looking for affordable options, San Marino at Hanover Place (San Marino at Hanover Place) and The Engine Room (High St W) are great picks.

When to visit Sunderland

Sunderland in November
Estimated hotel price
$121
1 night at 3-star hotel
Sunderland in November
Estimated hotel price
$121
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Sunderland

Plane

Although Sunderland doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Newcastle Airport (UK) (NCL), which is located 25 km from Sunderland. The shortest flight to Sunderland from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 36h 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Sunderland, followed by Cross Country. The train journey from Sunderland to London takes 2h 49m and costs around $100 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about $103 for a 3h 27m trip. Located 1.5 km from the city centre, Sunderland Stadium of Light is the busiest station in Sunderland. Another popular train station is Sunderland Seaburn, located 2.7 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Sunderland is to pick up a car hire from Edinburgh, which is about 163 km from Sunderland. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Alamo, among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Sunderland, including Megabus, FlixBus and National Express. From Edinburgh, the bus ride to Sunderland takes 249 km and will cost you around $37. From Manchester, the ticket costs about $5 for a journey of 362 km. Sunderland’s bus station is located 0.3 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Sunderland doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Newcastle Airport (UK) (NCL), which is located 25 km from Sunderland. The shortest flight to Sunderland from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 36h 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Sunderland, followed by Cross Country. The train journey from Sunderland to London takes 2h 49m and costs around $100 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about $103 for a 3h 27m trip. Located 1.5 km from the city centre, Sunderland Stadium of Light is the busiest station in Sunderland. Another popular train station is Sunderland Seaburn, located 2.7 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Sunderland is to pick up a car hire from Edinburgh, which is about 163 km from Sunderland. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Alamo, among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Sunderland, including Megabus, FlixBus and National Express. From Edinburgh, the bus ride to Sunderland takes 249 km and will cost you around $37. From Manchester, the ticket costs about $5 for a journey of 362 km. Sunderland’s bus station is located 0.3 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Sunderland

Lufthansa
Good (4,575 reviews)
KLM
Good (851 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,402 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,593 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,543 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,119 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,481 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (915 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (830 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (703 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (481 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (773 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (179 reviews)
easyJet
Good (1,438 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (953 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (47 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (198 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (989 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (3,447 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Sunderland

Hiring a car in Sunderland

Expect to pay $3.15 per litre in Sunderland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $37.78 and $50.37. Mini (Toyota Aygo or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Sunderland, while also 11% cheaper than other types, on average.

Expect to pay $3.15 per litre in Sunderland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $37.78 and $50.37. Mini (Toyota Aygo or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Sunderland, while also 11% cheaper than other types, on average.