PAYG on Metro
Pop Pay As You Go (PAYG) is the smart and exciting way to pay for public transport in North East England. Simply top up your Pop PAYG card and pay for your journeys as you make them.
From 1 April 2021
From 1 April 2021
PAYG on Bus
Use the balance on your Pop PAYG card to buy your normal single, return or day ticket from the driver.
PAYG on Ferry
Use the balance on your Pop PAYG card to pay for single and day tickets on the Shields Ferry.
Metro Day Ticket
Day tickets allow unlimited travel on various forms of transport. Prices vary depending on the how many zones you're travelling in.
Price from 1 April 2021
Bus day tickets
All the main bus operators offer a day ticket, which may save you money if you are making more than a return journey on their services in one day.
Ferry Day Ticket
The Ferry Day Ticket allows you unlimited travel on the Shields Ferry for a full day. Buy on board the ferry for £3.10.
Single tickets are valid on Metro, Shields Ferry* and on local rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland.
From 1 April 2021
Bus single and return fares
You can buy single tickets direct from the driver, just state your destination when you board the bus.
Valid for one journey. Buy on board the ferry.
Rail single and return fares
The single adult rail fare for journeys on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland is £3.30.
Metro Season Ticket
If you commute or travel on Metro regularly then a Metro Season Ticket is for you.
|Zones||One Week From 1 April 2021||Four Weeks From 1 April 2021||Annual|
From 1 April 2021
|One Zone||£11.50||£40.70||£450.00 ♦|
|Two Zones||£17.20||£59.80||£628.50 ♦|
Bus season tickets
If you travel frequently by bus, save money with a season ticket.
Ferry Season Ticket
Available for 1 or 4 weeks travel. (*only available with a Pop card.)
Please note: From 1 April 2021 Carnet tickets are no longer available to buy. However, any pre-purchased tickets will still be accepted for travel.
Rail season tickets
If you’re a regular commuter from stations outside Tyne and Wear, you could save money by buying a weekly, monthly or annual season ticket.
Network One Travel Ticket
If you're travelling regularly on Metro and bus, or using buses run by different operators, save money with a Network One Travel Ticket.
Bus student day tickets
Save money on day tickets on buses if you're a student.
Student Metro Season Ticket
Student Metro Season Tickets are available to students with a valid Student ID card and gives you 30% discount off an adult season ticket.
Bus student season tickets
Students can save loads of money with special tickets and passes from bus operators.
If you're aged 18 or under Pop blue is the brand new way to pay for your Metro travel. A Pop blue card gives you special discounted fares on Metro that are much cheaper than buying adult Single or Day Tickets.
Bus single and day tickets for 16-18 year olds
If you're 16-18, save money on single and day tickets on buses.
18 and Under Ferry Tickets
Simple and affordable new fares on the Shields Ferry for young people and 18 and under with a Pop blue card.
|18 and Under Ferry Single Ticket||18 and Under Ferry Day Ticket|
18 and Under Metro Season Ticket
Save money with an 18 and under Metro Season Ticket
The 18 and Under Metro Season Ticket is valid on the whole of the Metro system. You can get a ticket for either one or four weeks.
This ticket gives you 60% discount off an adult season ticket and is valid on the Metro, Shields Ferry and local rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland. It can also be used on the Quaylink Central Zone buses.
From 1 April 2021
|Four Weeks |
From 1 April 2021
Bus season tickets for 16-18 year olds
If you're aged 16-18, you can save loads of money with special tickets and passes from bus operators.
Network One Student and Young People Ticket
Young people aged under 19 and full-time students can save loads of money with a Network One Student Ticket.
Corporate Metro Season Ticket
With our Corporate Metro Season Ticket your staff get unlimited Metro travel from £11.12 a week*. There's no minimum purchase and the best part is it won't cost you a penny. All you have to do is buy discounted all zones annual Metro Season Tickets for your staff, then recover the costs over the year from their salary.
*based on an annual ticket
|Number of tickets||Price per ticket from 1 April 2021|
Metro Business Pass
With a Metro Business Pass staff can travel anywhere on the Metro system between the hours of 9.30am and 5.00pm, Monday-Friday.
You can buy a Transfare ticket when your journey includes travelling on more than one type of transport in Tyne and Wear, eg Metro and bus, or bus and ferry.
Network One Adult Day Rover
This adult ticket offers one day's unlimited travel within Tyne and Wear.
Metro Gold Card
If you have an English National Concessionary Travel Pass (CT Pass), you can buy a Metro Gold Card which gives you unlimited on Metro, the Shields Ferry and Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland from 9.30am Monday-Friday, all day at weekends, on public holidays and throughout July and August.
|Live in Tyne and Wear||£12 a year|
|Live outside Tyne and Wear||£24 a year|
Concessionary bus fare
If you have a Concessionary Travel (CT) Pass, and live in Tyne and Wear you can travel free of charge on buses in Tyne and Wear from 9.30am Monday-Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.
Concessionary Ferry Fare
60p each single journey (you must have a Tyne and Wear Concessionary Travel Pass). Ticket is valid 9.30am Monday-Friday and all day at weekends and public holidays. You can travel free on the Shields Ferry if you have a Metro Gold Card (conditions apply*).
Concessionary rail fare
If you have a Concessionary Travel (CT) Pass, you can travel for 50p on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Metrocentre/Blaydon from 9.30am Monday-Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.
Junior blue is the smart new way for young people aged 15 and under to pay for travel on Metro.
Simply top up your Junior blue card and use it to pay for your journeys as you make them.
Under 16 Child All-day Ticket (U16 CAT)
Children with an Under 16 Pop card can travel on public transport in Tyne and Wear for just £1.10 a day with an Under 16 Child All-day Ticket (U16 CAT).
Metro Child Day Ticket
Unlimited travel on Metro for under 16s.
Metro Child single
Children with an Under 16 Pop card can travel for the concessionary child single fare of 60p.
Children aged 5-15 who don't have an Under 16 Pop card travel for the commercial child single fare of 90p.
You may be asked for proof of age.
Child bus fare
The fare for a single bus journey is 60p at any time, on any day if you have an Under 16 Pop card.
Child Ferry Fare
One single journey on the Shields Ferry costs 60p or you can travel all day for £1.10 with a Child All-day Ticket (on all modes of transport) - you will need an Under 16 Pop card to buy both of these tickets.
Child rail fare
The fare for a single journey on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland, and Newcastle and Metrocentre/Blaydon is 60p at any time, on any day if you have an Under 16 Pop card.
Buy a Transfare ticket when you want to travel on two types of transport to make your journey in Tyne and Wear - if you don't have an Under 16 Pop card.
Network One Child Day Rover
A Network One Child Day Rover gives one day's unlimited travel within Tyne and Wear.
Metro Class and Youth Group Metro pass
The Class and Youth Group Metro Pass is valid for up to 40 students aged 18 and under and up to 10 accompanying adults travelling in a group. You must be travelling in a group and after 9.00am.
|Number of passes||Per day||Per term||Annual|
Child Season Ticket
School Passes allow you to pay for school journeys in advance so there is no need to find change for fares every day.
Network One Family Day Rover
This ticket offers one day's unlimited travel within Tyne and Wear.
A Companion Card lets you take someone with you free of charge when you travel on buses in Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Northumberland and Darlington.
Explorer North East - Child
Valid for children (aged 15 and under) at a concessionary price and offers a whole day's unlimited travel in Tyne and Wear and beyond.
Explorer North East - Family
Explorer North East family ticket is valid for a family of one or two adults and up to three children (aged 15 and under) for a whole day's unlimited travel in Tyne and Wear and beyond.
Explorer North East - Adult
Offers a whole day's unlimited travel in Tyne and Wear and beyond.
Children under five
Nexus, in partnership with bus operators and the 5 local authorities in Tyne and Wear are introducing the Bridge Card to anyone who may need additional support whilst travelling.
Add on ticket
This ticket allows you to add a different zone(s) to your Metro Season Ticket or Student Season Ticket for one day. Ideal if you wish to travel beyond the validity of your ticket.
|Zone(s)||Price from 1 April 2021|