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, Bellini - Seaburn (Dovedale Road) and The Engine Room (High St W) are great picks.

When to visit Sunderland

Sunderland in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Sunderland in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Sunderland


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 26h 40m.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Sunderland, followed by Cross Country. The train journey from Sunderland to Manchester takes 2h 21m and costs around $43 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from London, expect to pay about $363 for a 2h 48m 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.


Another option to get to Sunderland is to pick up a car hire from Manchester, which is about 168 km from Sunderland. You’ll find branches of Easirent and GREEN MOTION , among others, in Manchester.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Sunderland, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus. From Darlington, the bus ride to Sunderland takes 153 km and will cost you around $23. From Leeds, the ticket costs about $16 for a journey of 193 km. Sunderland’s bus station is located 0.3 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Sunderland

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British Airways
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Air France
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Qatar Airways
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Singapore Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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ITA Airways
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Cathay Pacific
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Aer Lingus
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Malaysia Airlines
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Japan Airlines
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LATAM Airlines
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China Southern
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Where to stay in Sunderland

Average rates range from around $128 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $152 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Sunderland

Hiring a car in Sunderland

Expect to pay $2.94 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 $35.23 and $46.98. The most frequently booked car type in Sunderland is Compact (Peugeot 2008 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Fiat 500 or similar) is, on average, 74% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.