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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.  


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