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Arriva in the North East

What is your daily journey to work like?

Stuck behind the wheel in slow traffic...Searching round car parks for a space? Why not give the bus a go? There’s a premium Sapphire bus up to every 12 minutes taking you into the heart of Durham.

Life can be stressful enough, so sit back and let Arriva take you there in style. Chat with friends, read a book or just relax and enjoy the ride.

Make the most of family time this weekend?

Start your family adventures this weekend, take the opportunity to try that new cafe in town (the one you’ve been meaning to try for months!), take a walk to a local landmark or maybe eventually get round to that family day out in Bishop Auckland.  

Our next stop announcement screens let you know when you have arrived at your destination, and the next part of your family adventure can begin.

Top 6 things to do on the Sapphire 6 route

1. Catch a movie at Gala Cinema

2. Visit Durham Cathedral & Castle

3. Dine at Fat Buddha restaurant

4. Wander around the Durham Botanic Gardens

5. Sit back and relax on a Durham River Cruise

6. Explore Bishop Auckland

With travel from £1.65* per day you can travel in luxury for less, so get saving and buy your Sapphire 6 Routesaver now!

Sapphire 6 Routesaver and Routesaver Plus

Enjoy unlimited travel on Sapphire service 6. 

Ticket One Day Weekly 4-Weekly Annual
Routesaver £5.00 £15.00 £55.00 £592.00
Routesaver Plus £6.40 £17.20 £60.00 £650.00

New to bus travel or unfamiliar with the area? Allow us to help!

appThe Arriva Bus App will help you to get the most out of your Arriva local bus services in the North East. Find the time of the next bus, the nearest bus stop, which bus to catch and lots more. Now you can even get real time updates. With our M-Ticket app you can download tickets straight to your phone 

Travel in style - most buses on these routes now include

 - Comfortable e-leather seating

 - Next stop announcements

 - Power on board

 - Free WiFi

 - Contactless payment options


Download M-Ticket app now



The Auckland Project has come a long way since 2012, when Auckland Castle Trust was set up with a vision to use culture and heritage as a catalyst for regeneration and to reinvigorate the town of Bishop Auckland. As a visitor attraction, TheAuckland Project comprises several related elements in and around the town, as well as the castle itself. Including:

  • Mining Art Gallery
  • Exhibitions at No. 42
  • Tours
  • Deer Park
  • Auckland Castle

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*Based on an annual Sapphire 6 Routesaver.

**Based on average price from Bishop Auckland bus station to Durham city centre in an executive car.