Take the kids for free on buses

Up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on bus services operated by Arriva North East, Go North East or Stagecoach in County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear all day, every day from Saturday 23 July until Sunday 4 September 2022 when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Bus services paid for by Nexus, Durham County Council and Northumberland County Council are also included. 

The fare-paying adult must be aged 18 or over and in possession of a valid ticket, validated smartcard or Concessionary Travel Pass (ENCTS card). The accompanying children don't need to have a ticket.

How do you take up the offer on Arriva North East buses?

Up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on Arriva North East bus services for journeys wholly within Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and/or County Durham when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
 

How do you take up the offer on Go North East buses?

Up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on Go North East bus services when accompanied by a fare-paying adult, and that includes anyone aged 18 or over using:

  • Adult single or return tickets 
  • Any Go North East zonal ticket   
  • All adult Network One tickets including Explorer North East, Tyne & Wear Day Rover and Network One Anytime Weekly, Monthly and Annual tickets (including those sold by Metro, Arriva or Stagecoach) 
  • Adult Transfare tickets (including those sold by Metro) 
  • SmartZone North East tickets (including those sold by Arriva or Stagecoach) 
  • Any Go North East 5 to 25 tickets (provided that the fare-paying customer is aged 18 or over) 
  • Network One Students and Young People Tickets (provided that the fare-paying customer is aged 18 or over) 
  • Tap on Tap off customers on VOLTRA 53|54 and Quaycity Q3 
  • Evening Tap On Customers across the network 
  • Concessionary Travel Pass (ENCTS card)

Find out more about the Take the kids for free offer on Go North East buses here

How do you take up the offer on Stagecoach buses?

Up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on Stagecoach bus services when accompanied by a fare-paying adult, and that includes anyone aged 18 or over using:

  • Newcastle dayrider
  • Newcastle megarider
  • Sunderland dayrider
  • Sunderland megarider
  • South Shields dayrider
  • South Shields megarider
  • Tyne & Wear dayrider PLUS
  • Tyne & Wear megarider PLUS
  • Network One Anytime ticket
  • Network One Adult Day Rover
  • Network One Adult Explorer
  • Magpie Mover
  • Concessionary Travel Pass (ENCTS card)

Find out more about the Take the kids for free offer on Stagecoach buses here

How do you take up the offer on bus services paid for by Nexus?

Up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on the bus services listed below when accompanied by a fare-paying adult, and that includes anyone aged 18 or over using:

  • Adult Single
  • Adult Day Ticket
  • Adult Transfare
  • Adult Weekly Ticket
  • All Sunderland Connect adult fares
  • Network One Anytime ticket
  • Network One Adult Day Rover
  • Network One Adult Explorer
  • Network One Students and Young People Ticket*
  • Magpie Mover
  • Dedicated Scholars Services special fare* (for travel on scholars services only)
  • Concessionary Travel Pass (ENCTS card)

*provided the ticket holder is aged 18 or over; proof of age may be requested

Gateshead:  82/82a, 84/84a, 515, 558, 568, 643, R1, R3, R4, R5, R6, TB14, TB22/TB23, TB29
Newcastle:  84/84a, 335, 342, M6
North Tyneside:  342, 335, 552, 41a, W1, W2
South Tyneside:  515, 516, 558
Sunderland:  82/82a, 79/79a, 168, 520/521, 558, TB1, TB22/TB23
Works Services:  90, 92, 392, 552, 553, 594, 792, 933, 939, 941, 960, 968

Did you know that you can Take the kids for free on Metro and the Shields Ferry too? Find out more about Take the kids for free on Metro here and on the Shields Ferry here.  Enjoy your travels!

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