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Arriva in the North East

Single and Return Tickets

The simplest and sometimes most convenient option to travel, is to purchase a single or a return ticket, directly from the driver on any of our bus services within the North East.

Our Adult single tickets start from as low as 90p and range up to £8.20 for longer journeys. All you need to do is board one of our services, state your destination to the driver who will then issue a single ticket valid for one, unbroken journey immediately. We accept cash, national transport tokens and contactless credit/debit cards on most of our vehicles and our drivers will issue change if paying by cash/tokens.

For people who are travelling back with us on the same day, a return ticket offers a discounted fare compared to the cost of buying two single tickets. Simply ask for a return ticket and state your destination when you board and the driver will issue a ticket that you can use to travel back with later that day. Return tickets are valid between the point you board the vehicle and the destination you are going to, and you can return on any Arriva North East service that can provide the same direct link without needing to change.

Full details of Child fare arrangements by area, are as follows;


Children under 5 years of age are carried free, providing they do not occupy a seat and are accompanied by a fare-paying passenger or a pass holder. Up to three children under 5 years of age may travel free with any passenger. Any more than three children under 5 years will be charged a discounted fare. Children aged 5 and under 16 are charged at a discounted fare.

In Tyne & Wear, Under 16s with a valid Nexus Under 16 Card will be able to travel at a flat 60p Single/£1.10 day ticket CAT on local buses from the commencement to the termination of normal daytime services (not valid on night).