The town has population of 105,682, and the wider borough a population of 238,000, according to 2017 estimates. The town also has the honour of the widest High Street in the United Kingdom.
National Express buses serve destinations throughout Great Britain and arrive/depart from outside the Swallow Hotel at the southern end of the High St. Public buses run from the adjacent towns of Middlesbrough and Yarm where you may have arrived via train.
Stockton Railway Station There is an hourly service from the station in each direction (with a few peak hour extras), northbound to Sunderland and Newcastle and southbound to Middlesbrough. Many northbound trains continue to Hexham, whilst most southbound trains run through to Nunthorpe. Grand Central Railway services between Sunderland and London King's Cross pass through the station but do not stop here.
Thornaby Railway Station Generally the better-served of the two stations located in Stockton. All Northern services on the Tees Valley Line and Durham Coast Line call at the station, giving it hourly services northbound to Sunderland and Newcastle and half-hourly trains westbound to Darlington and eastbound to Saltburn each weekday.
Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME) The nearest airport(formerly Teesside Airport) located 9 miles, and a 20 minute drive, away from the Town Centre (actually closer to Darlington than Stockton). It's services have gradually waned over the years, and, as of Sep 2017, the only flights available were for Aberdeen, Amsterdam, and, occasionally, Jersey. A more likely arrival would be at Newcastle International Airport.
Newcastle International Airport (NCL) The more likely arrival location of the two airports, located 45 miles, and a 60 minute drive, away from the Town Centre. It has far more services than Durham Tees Valley Airport, from a wide range of international locations.
The town has a bus service, which is a hub for Teesside. Many of these buses arrive/depart from the High St.
The town has buses which provide regular links with Durham, Darlington, Newcastle, Hartlepool,and Middlesbrough. The two main local bus operators are Arriva and Stagecoach and, again, most of these buses can be caught from the High St.
Consumption of alcohol in public is banned and Stockton High St on a weekend night will reveal why. Try to avoid groups of drinkers on their way from club to club and don't do anything provocative.
As a very general rule, the lower parts of the town centre - nr. Swallow Hotel and GLAM - tend to be rowdier, whereas the upper end, and over on Prince Regent Street is can perhaps be described as more upmarket.
The town lacks accommodation in the town centre area, however there are a number of options in the wider borough, as well as adjacent towns a few minutes drive away.