Pop Pay As You Go

What is Pop Pay As You Go?

Pop Pay As You Go (PAYG) is the brand new and exciting way to pay for public transport in North East England.

Simply top up your Pop PAYG card and use it to pay for your journeys as you make them.

Watch our Pop PAYG How to guides here.

Where can I buy a Pop PAYG card?

Buy your Pop PAYG card from popcard.org.uk (for £3.50, plus a £10 balance) or from a Nexus TravelShop or selected Payzone stores (just the card, for £5).

Where can I use my Pop PAYG card?

You can use Pop PAYG on Metro, on selected bus services and the Shields Ferry. Pop PAYG works differently on Metro, bus and ferry. See below for more details.

Pop PAYG is valid on services in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Teesside.

  • On buses - pay for single, return and day tickets from the driver using your Pop PAYG balance.
  • On Metro - pay for your trip by touching in at the Metro station validator or gate at the start of your journey and touching out at the end. You’ll only pay for the journey you have made and we’ll calculate the best fare for you.
  • On the Shields Ferry - pay for single and day tickets from the ferry operator using your Pop PAYG balance.

Find out more here.