16-21 Ferry Tickets

    Valid on:
16-21 Single Ticket16-21  Day Ticket

Take the kids for free, all day, every day
Up to three children aged 11 and under can travel for free on the Shields Ferry when accompanied by a fare-paying adult - see full details here.


What’s Pop blue?

If you’re aged 16 to 21, Pop blue is a smart way to pay for your journeys on the Shields Ferry; just load a balance onto your Pop blue card and use it to pay for journeys as you make them. A Pop blue card gives you special discounted fares on the Shields Ferry that are much cheaper than buying adult Single or Day Tickets.

You can also use your Pop blue balance on the Metro and on buses, but it works differently, find out more in our Pop blue FAQs.

Who can use a Pop blue card?

Pop blue is for 16-21 year olds. 

How much does it cost?

Pop blue is simple and affordable. A single journey on the Shields Ferry will cost you £1.00, or travel all day for just £2.20.

How does Pop blue work on the ferry?

Just tell the ferry operator which ticket you want to buy, and then touch your Pop blue card on to the reader on the ticket machine. Take your ticket from the machine as normal. The cost of the ticket will be deducted from your Pop blue balance. Your new balance will be printed on your ticket.

Please note that, unlike on Metro, there is no daily price cap for journeys on the Shields Ferry.

Will I need to prove how old I am when I travel?

You may be asked for proof of age when travelling on the Shields Ferry with a Pop blue card; here's what we'll accept as ID:

  • ID card with the PASS hologram 
  • NHS Medical card
  • Passport or Birth Certificate (copies will be accepted, including electronic versions)

Where can I get a Pop blue card?

Get your Pop blue card online here. The card itself is free but must be purchased with a £5 balance.

Where can I top up my Pop blue card?

•  Online  - then load your purchase onto your Pop blue card at a Metro station validator, gate or ticket machine.

• At any Metro station ticket machine

Find out more about Pop blue in our Pop blue FAQs 


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