Free travel for children on Metro and Ferry

Child at Metro station
21 July 2021

Nexus is making family days out even more affordable, with free travel for children all day, every day.

Up to three children aged 11 and under can now travel for free on Tyne and Wear Metro and the Shields Ferry when accompanied by a fare paying adult. 

The offer was first introduced for weekends in January 2020, as part of the celebrations to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary. As restrictions lift, it has been extended permanently so Metro travel is even more affordable at a time when people are keen to get back out and about.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We are always looking at how to give our customers the best possible value for money, and offering free travel to children gives families a fantastic opportunity to revisit their favourite places or explore new ones in an extremely affordable way.

“It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and the thought of some freedom and adventure is very appealing. We want to help families make the most of their time together and enjoy some fantastic attractions right on our doorstep for less with Metro.

"Take The Kids For Free is the biggest change we have ever made in our offer to customers, but now is the right time to welcome a new generation to Metro, and make it easy and simple to travel on clean, green public transport.  I hope this helps make Metro part of everyday life for kids for many years to come and brings families back to our town and city centres, and our leisure attractions."

The fare-paying adult must be aged 18 or over and in possession of a valid ticket or validated smartcard. The accompanying children don't need to have a ticket.

Cllr Carl Johnson, Deputy Mayor of North Tyneside and chair of the Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee of the Joint Transport Committee, said: “It really is great news that children will be able to travel for free on Metro and the Shields Ferry.

“There are so many brilliant places in the local area to get out and visit over the summer holidays which are accessible by public transport, and this is a fantastic initiative to make it easier for families to enjoy them.”

Gold Card holders can also use their cards all day throughout July and August.

For more details on the taking the kids for free, and which adult tickets are valid, see: Take the kids for free |


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