PAYG on Ferry

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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 is Pop Pay As You Go?
Pop Pay As You Go (PAYG) is the smart way to pay for public transport in North East England. You can use the balance on your Pop PAYG card* to pay for cheaper single and day tickets on the Shields Ferry.  

*click here to find out more about Pay As You Go.   

Buy a Pop Pay As You Go card with a £5 balance here

Ticket typeWith your PAYG cardWhen paying by debit/credit card
Single£1.45 (£1.50 from 1 April 2024)£2.30 (£2.50 from 1 April 2024)
Day Ticket£2.55 (£2.70 from 1 April 2024)£3.70 (£3.90 from 1 April 2024)

How does PAYG work on the ferry?
Just tell the ferry operator which ticket you want to buy, and then touch your Pop PAYG 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 PAYG balance and your new balance will be printed on the ticket.

Using your Pop PAYG card instead of a debit/credit card will save you 85p (single)/£1.15 (all day) on every ticket you buy, making it a great little saver for regular passengers.

If you're travelling on Metro after your journey on the ferry...
Buy an All Zones Metro Day Ticket on board the ferry using your Pop PAYG balance, or from a Metro station ticket machine using a debit/credit card.

If you're travelling on Metro before you travel on the ferry...
Buy a Metro Day Ticket from a Metro station ticket machine (ie don't use your Pop PAYG card).

Topping up your PAYG card balance
Unfortunately you can't top up your PAYG card on the Shields Ferry so you need to top up your balance at or at a Metro station ticket machine.  To load your top up onto your PAYG card, touch it onto the orange card reader on a Metro station ticket machine.  If you don't do this, your top up won't be loaded onto your card.

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

You can also use Pop PAYG on selected bus services and Metro. Pop PAYG works differently on Metro, bus and ferry.  Find out more FAQs about Pop PAYG here.


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