There are many ways to save money on your journey by public transport. And there are lots of planning tools to make travel in the region super easy.

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Getting around Newcastle and Gateshead

Visit NewcastleGateshead.com for an interactive twitter map, itinerary ideas, tourist information, maps and travel information, as well as information on accessibility for people with disabilities. You can also request a free brochure, as well as an online itinerary planner.

Network One travel tickets

Explorer North East and Tyne and Wear Rovers

Explorer North East Family ticket costs £19.50 and is valid for a family of two adults and up to three children (under 13) for a whole day’s unlimited travel across the North East region (from the Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire). Individual tickets are Adult £9.70, Concessions £8.50, Child (aged 13 or under) £8.50 These tickets are valid all day every day – including travel on Tyne and Wear Metro, Shields Ferry, ARRIVA North East buses, Go North East buses, Stagecoach Cumbria Route 685 between Carlisle and Newcastle, Travelsure buses, and Weardale Motor Services buses (check website for details and exceptions).

More information – Download the digital leaflet

Tyne and Wear Tickets for one day travelAdultDay Rover £7 and Junior Rover £3.90 (for ages 5-15). Unlimited travel in Tyne and Wear. For Anytime Ticket and Student Ticket see website. See map for zones and also network one travel ticket centres where you can purchase tickets.

How to buy your ticket:

  • Buy Online
  • On the day of travel: Ask the bus driver for a Day Rover or Explorer North East Travelticket or select the Day Rover button on any Metro station ticketing machine
  • Download the form online and post it to Network Ticketing Ltd, Stagecoach Dept, Shields Road, Walkergate, Newcastle NE6 2BZ.

Traveline

Travel information, offering impartial advice about your journey across Tyne & Wear and the North East and information about routes, times of buses, coaches, trains, metro and ferries in the North East and Cumbria. You can plan your journey using their website, email them at info@travelinenortheast.info or call them on 0871 200 2233, 7am – 9pm every day of the week apart from Christmas Day (calls charged at 10p per minute).

Nexus Journey Planner and tickets

For Travel information use the Online Journey Planner. Add your postcode and plan your journey by public transport.

Ticket finder: On the Nexus website, click on the tab for ‘Ticket Finder’ select your needs (adult, disabled, over 60 etc and what services you want) then click on Find tickets and you will see all options for tickets and any deals that apply.

There are a wide range of tickets for a family or group depending on your needs and type of travel: Explorer North East and Day Rover – see above, over 60s, students, Under 16s, 16-18’s, students and people with disabilities or those travelling off-peak.

The journey planning tool shows all bus, Metro and Ferry stops in a map format powered by Google. You can search the map by postcode, address or bus stop code, see the nearest stop then click on the icon to see the next few departures – plus there’s an option to download the full timetable and see routes in real time.

Buses – Go North East

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Bus services across Tyne and Wear and County Durham

There are a range of discounted fares
Family Day Ticket £12.50 on Go North East buses – unlimited travel for one day, valid for 2 adults and 3 children under 16 travelling as a group. Available from the driver on the day of travel, or buy in advance as an M-ticket, using the key mobile app.

  • Saver (one of journeys or regular trips on the same service (purchase on the bus, key smartcard or key mobile app);
  • Cheap Day Return on the same service (buy on the bus).
  • The Key for regular travellers (buy online or by phone) The Key is a card you can use which free to register for and tickets can be bought online and added to your card.
  • The Key Lifestyle (buy online); buzzfare for savings and unlimited travel with Go North East (buy on bus, Key smartcard or mobile app and from GO North East travel centres).
  • Get around for under 18s and full time students (on the bus, key mobile app).
  • Free concessionary travel for over 60s and those registered disabled (apply for the free pass from the local authority).
  • For those who need to use metro or buses operated by other companies, there are also deals.

All routes are available online or to ask any questions about their bus services email customerservices@gonortheast.co.uk or call 0845 6060260 between 7am-10pm every day. Calls from a mobile should be to 0191 4205050 as it is cheaper and may be included in any free calling minutes. Write to Go NE Customer Services, Freepost NT2674 Gateshead N81BR. Call in at a travel centre at Metrocentre, Washington Galleries, Chester le Street or North Shields.

Buses – Arriva

Arriva offer multi-journey weekly and 4-weekly Saver tickets for their buses, covering the zones of your choice. It should cost less than buying single tickets for all your journeys. Check their website for more information on all tickets available and for the route information (you can search by service number or town).

View all ticket types

Day Saver – unlimited travel in a specified zone for one day.

Family Saver Tickets unlimited travel for adults and children in a specified zone on one day.

Buy tickets from the bus driver of the bus you board or as an M-ticket through your mobile phone M-Ticket. Find out more about mobile ticketing.

Weekly Saver – as many journeys in a specified zone as you want in a week (can also be bought in local shop.

You can buy Saver tickers online (delivered by post or instantly to your mobile phone), at local shops which are epay, PayPoint or Payzone outlets, on your mobile phone (once you have registered) or on the bus from the driver (cash only). For enquiries call 0844 800 44 11 or ask online.

Rail

Train journey information, including real-time information about any delays to services, from National Rail’s website or call 08457 484 950.

TheTrainline.com will also give information about journey times, routes and savings.

Cycling

For Cycling maps and journey planning in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland go to:

Alternatively, contact Council cycling officers, who can post you free cycle route maps (other local authorities should also provide this service): Gateshead Council Neil Frier 0191 433 3108; Newcastle City Council Anne Clark 0191 277 8907; North Tyneside Council Graeme Clark 0191 643 6086; Sunderland City Council Tim Ducker 0191 553 2450; South Tyneside Council Trevor Male 0191 424 7666.

Walking

This website and mobile phone app allows you to get a route map between any two points – you can search for directions using the journey planner tool.

Most of our towns and cities have walking maps that are available from Tourist Information Centres or online to download such as NewcastleGateshead.

View maps of NewcastleGateshead and Sunderland and the Coast here: