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Arriva in the North East

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Arriva North East buses provides a comprehensive network of local bus services and interurban bus services in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Darlington, Teesside, East Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

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Sapphire Routes in the North East

Sapphire services are our premium services across the region. We’ve developed the concept based on what our customers told us they wanted from their bus service. Sapphire gives us the opportunity to improve perceptions of the bus, encourage non-users to give the bus a try and infrequent users to make more of their journeys on the bus.

All Sapphire services offer high quality vehicles, e-leather seating, free WiFi, Next Stop Announcements and a dedicated hand picked driving team!

For more information on Sapphire, please visit our dedicated Sapphire website at

MAX Routes in the North East

Our MAX services are our premium inter-urban express services, that connect the major towns and cities of the North East on a fast & frequent basis.

MAX vehicles operate with new or refurbished high specification vehicles, in a striking livery, with e-leather seating and free WiFi.

Darlington to Colburn

via Richmond and Catterick

X26, X27, 26A

Darlington to Middlesbrough

via North Road and Stockton


Middlesbrough to Scarborough

via Guisborough and Whitby


Newcastle upon Tyne to Berwick upon Tweed

via Morpeth, Alnwick and A1

X10, X11

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