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Darlington bus maps and timetables

A list of all the bus services operating in Darlington is on the Darlington bus map [external link].

Bus services in the Darlington and South Durham area are run by commercial operators who provide timetables and route information specific to their services.

If you’re looking for a particular timetable and you know the bus operator of the service, we recommend that you visit their website or contact them directly. Timetables for the main bus companies operating in the area can be found at the links below: 

Printed copies of Darlington bus maps and timetables are available  from the following locations in Darlington:

Tees Valley bus maps and timetables

For information on bus maps and timetables in the Tees Valley, including Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, please visit our partner site Connect Tees Valley [external link].

Types of bus tickets

No matter how often you travel by bus, there is a ticket to suit every journey. Consider buying a weekly, monthly or annual ticket if you commute regularly as these tickets offer huge savings compared to the cost of a standard single or return fare.  If there are more of you traveling, family tickets are available that allow unlimited travel for up to 2 adults and 3 children.

To find out about specific tickets and fares please contact your local bus operator.

Combined bus & rail cards

If you're traveling by train to/from many stations, including Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Darlington or Durham then you can buy a rail PLUSBUS ticket [external link]. These tickets allow you to travel in the area you are going to/from at a discounted price. 

Regionwide bus travel

If you’re planning a day out in the region, then you can purchase an Explorer North East ticket [external link]. This ticket permits one day's travel throughout the region on many local bus services, Tyne & Wear Metro and the Shields ferry. With family tickets available, it can be a cheaper option for a family day out. 

Buying bus tickets

Depending on how often you travel and the type of ticket you need, there are a number of different ways you can purchase your ticket:

  • On the bus – many tickets can be purchased directly from the driver when you board the bus, including standard single and return tickets; daily and weekly passes; and family saver tickets.
  • Online – high-value tickets like monthly and annual season tickets can be purchased directly from many bus operator websites. 
  • On your mobile – selected tickets can be bought through mobile ticketing, including weekly, monthly and annual season tickets, student and family saver tickets at a discount.
  • Local shops – participating shops provide a ticket selling service on behalf of selected bus operators.

Your nearest bus stop displays the latest timetable and route information, so it’s easy to find out where your local bus services go and what times they run. However, if you would like to find a particular map or timetable and you’re having trouble finding it on this page, the Local Motion team are here to help. Please contact us for more information.

Concessionary passes

If you have reached the pensionable age applicable to a woman or are eligible disabled you may qualify to travel free of charge anywhere in England between 9:30 am and 11:00 pm on weekdays and at any time on weekends and bank holidays, using a concessionary bus pass. 

For further information and to apply for concessionary bus passes please contact your local council.  


Bus companies

Contact details for bus companies operating in the Darlington and South Durham area are listed below. Questions or comments regarding the operation of a local bus service should be made direct to the relevant bus company. 


Arriva Customer Services
phone;  0344 800 44 11
Arriva website [external link] 

Central Coaches

Finchale Road
Newton Aycliffe 
phone:  01325 300 604

Go North East

Go North East Customer Services
Freepost NT 2674
phone:  0845 60 60 260
email:  customerservices@gonortheast.co.uk
Go North East website [external link] 

JSB Travel 

13 Hillside Road
Bishop Auckland
County Durham 
DL14 8LS 
phone:  01388 458099

Procters Coaches (Dales & District)

Tutin Road
Leeming Bar Industrial Estate
Leeming Bar
North Yorkshire
phone:  01677 425203
Procters Coaches website [external link] 

Scarlet Band Bus and Coach Ltd

Welfare Garage
Station Road
West Cornforth
Co Durham
DL17 9LA
phone:  01740 654247
Scarlet Band website [external link] 

Stagecoach in Teesside

Church Road
Stockton on Tees
TS18 2HW
phone:  0191 566 0231


Stagecoach Teesside website [external link]


Stagecoach in Hartlepool

8 Market Place
TS24 7SB 
phone:  0191 566 0231


Bus service operators' grant

From 1 January 2014, the Department for Transport (DfT) have paid an annual grant to Local Authorities in England (including Darlington) to replace the “Bus Service Operators' Grant” for tendered services which, up until this time, had been paid direct to the bus operators.

As part of the grant conditions, Darlington is required to report on how they have made use of these funds by completing a short survey issued by the DfT, details of which can be found below.

Darlington Borough Council BSOG Report 2017

Easy access buses

All buses in Darlington and South Durham are low floor easy access, which means that the bus "kneels" down level to the kerb making it easy to board the bus with a mobility scooter or if you are travelling with children in a pushchair.

With a bit of preparation and planning, people with a disability can travel safely and with confidence on the bus.              

There are a range of resources that can help you prepare to travel. For general advice and articles about travelling on public transport with a disability you may find the Disabled Travel Advice [external link]  site helpful.

Before you travel, it is advisable to check that the bus route you wish to take is accessible.  For more information about whether your service is accessible contact the relevant bus company directly. Bus company contact information is found here.

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