Nexus has been renewing and modernising your Metro and we're investing £15m in smart ticketing technology.

What's a Pop card?
The Pop card is a smartcard, it lets you do smart things like pay for public transport using a plastic card that can be read by machines on stations and vehicles.

There are two different ways to use your Pop card:
  • You can load a Metro season ticket onto it
  • Very soon, you'll be able to add Pop pay as you go on to it 

Who needs a Pop card and why?
If you are a Metro season ticket holder (including MetroSaver, 16-18 MetroSaver and Metro Student Card) you will need a Pop card to travel on Metro. Your ticket will be loaded onto a Pop card and you'll need it to use the new station gates which will be switched on at key stations across the network over the coming months.

It's FREE and really easy to apply, find out more simply by clicking here.

Newcastle University students - if you are a student at Newcastle University, your Metro Student Card will be loaded onto your Newcastle University Student ID pass so you do not need a Pop card. You can do this at a Nexus TravelShop.

Under 16 Pop card
Children who live in Tyne and Wear and are aged 5 to 15 on 31 August before the start of the academic year are entitled to an Under 16 Pop card. This lets them travel in Tyne and Wear at concessionary child fares. An Under 16 Pop card costs £5. Find out more and download your application simply by clicking here.

One week MetroSaver holders
If you wish to buy a one week MetroSaver you can continue to purchase this as a paper ticket at a ticket machine - you do not need a Pop card.


A guide to Pop