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Arriva North East 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!

SAPPHIRE - Darlington to Durham

via Newton Aycliffe, Ferryhill and DurhamGate


SAPPHIRE - Durham to Cockfield

via Spennymoor, Bishop Auckland, Woodhouse Close, Evenwood and West Auckland


SAPPHIRE - Durham to Hartlepool

via Shadforth, Peterlee and Blackhall

24, 24X

SAPPHIRE - Durham to Sunderland

via Thornley, Wheatley Hill and Peterlee


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, connecting 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 as standard.

Each of the services listed below now operate under our MAX profile, with more coming later this year!

MAX - Darlington to Colburn

via Richmond and Catterick

X26, X27, 26A

MAX - Darlington to Middlesbrough

via North Road and Stockton


MAX - Middlesbrough to Scarborough

via Guisborough and Whitby

X10, X11

MAX - Darlington to Tow Law

via Bishop Auckland and Crook


MAX - Middlesbrough to Newcastle upon Tyne

via Stockton, Sedgefield, Durham, Chester le Street & Gateshead


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