Multi-operator tickets

We offer a range of multi-operator tickets for passengers who need to travel on a variety of different operator's services, this includes other bus operators, as well as train companies. These include the Octopus Southend, Leicester Flexi, Luton HipHop and many others.

Our multi-operator tickets are a great way to save money. Buy one ticket and switch between buses and trains on a select number of services in Essex, the North East and the Midlands.

Tickets can be bought online, in the Arriva Bus UK App as an m-ticket or on the bus using cash or contactless payment.

Multi-operator tickets in your region

Find a region below to see what multi-operator tickets are available for you.

Colchester Boroughcard


The Colchester Boroughcard Inner and Outer range of multi-operator tickets are available for a range of ticket types.

  • The ticket range includes new Adult Day, Child Day, Child weekly, Child 4-weekly and Family Day (2 Adult +3 Child) tickets
  • All tickets are available to purchase as mobile tickets
  • Day and Weekly tickets are also be available to purchase on the bus
  • The Day ticket replaces the existing arrangement whereby First and Arriva Colchester Day tickets are currently accepted for travel on both operators’ services

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Southend - Octopus Tickets


With an Octopus Southend ticket you can travel on any local bus service in the Southend, Rochford and Castle Point districts, whether it's provided by Arriva, First, Stephensons or NIBS.

That's an area bounded by the River Crouch in the north, the coast to the east and the south and at Sadlers Farm Roundabout and Carpenter's Arms in the west.

 Where to buyAdult Child
DayFrom the bus driver£4.80
£5.10 from 15th May
£3.60 from 15th May
WeeklyFrom the bus driver£22
£23.50 from 15th May
£17.50 from 15th May
4 WeekFrom the bus driver£61
£65.00 from 15th May
£49.00 from 15th May

Octopus tickets are valid on any local bus journey starting and finishing in the area stated on the pass, until midnight on the date of expiry. Any misuse of this pass will result in the ticket being withdrawn and may lead to prosecution. All tickets are issued subject to conditions of carriage, available at company offices.

Octopus tickets are not accepted on Stephensons bus services 500-599, 725, 800-899 or X30.

Leicester Flexi Tickets


Flexi Tickets are currently only available in Leicester. Bus operators participating in the Flexi scheme are Arriva, First, Centrebus, Hinckleybus, Kinchbus and Stagecoach.

The Flexi ticket allows unlimited travel across the participating operators in the Flexi zone.

Flexi Tickets can be bought on the bus: 

Flexi-Day Adult£5.60
Flexi-Day Child£4.30
Flexi Week£21.50

Network West Midlands


Network West Midlands & Swift tickets are available to purchase and use on any Arriva bus in the Network West Midlands Zone.

You can find out more information on Network West Midlands as well as pricing and ticket types by clicking here.

Derby - Spectrum


Spectrum cards are not currently being accepted on bus due to technical issues. We are working with Derby City Council and other operators to get this resolved as soon as possible.

Spectrum is the all day multi-operator bus travel smart-ticket for Derby, available on most Arriva, Trent Barton, Kinch Buses and Notts and Derby services within the Derby city area.

 1 day7 Day28 Day
  • Smart Cards are available from the bus station information office which is open from 8.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 8.30am to 1.00pm on Saturday.
  • Once you have purchased a Spectrum card you can top up on participating bus services. Paper tickets are NOT available.

Find out more about Spectrum Smartcards

Explorer North East


Explorer tickets offer a great value way to see the whole of the North East, including the Scottish Borders, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire. You can purchase your tickets on the bus from any of the below bus operators. 

These tickets allow unlimited travel throughout the North East on Arriva, Stagecoach and Go North East buses, as well as Tyne & Wear Metro, Shields Ferry and National Rail trains between Blaydon and Sunderland.

Day TicketPrice
Family (1 or 2 adults & up to 3 children)£20.60

Explorer North East tickets are valid all day on the following services:

  • All Arriva North East buses, except Dalesbus, Moorsbus & Whitby Park and Ride
  • All Go North East buses, except the AD122
  • All Stagecoach North East buses
  • Stagecoach in Cumbria service 685
  • All Weardale Motor Services buses, except the X21 between Stanhope and Newcastle
  • All Travelsure buses
  • The Tyne & Wear Metro
  • The Shields Ferry
  • National Rail trains between Blaydon and Sunderland

Find out more about Explorer North East tickets

North East - Discover North Northumberland


Explore the Northumberland coast and countryside with unlimited travel for one day, three consecutive days or a week on Arriva North East, Glen Valley, Travelsure and Borders Buses services around Alnwick, Amble, Berwick and Wooler.

 Day3 DayWeek

You can buy and use Discover North Northumberland tickets on the following services:

  • Arriva X15 between Shilbottle and Berwick
  • Arriva X18 between Amble (Gloster Park) and Berwick
  • Arriva X20 between Amble (Percy Drive) and Alnwick
  • Borders Buses 267 and 464 between Berwick and Wooler
  • Glen Valley 470 and 473 between Alnwick and Wooler
  • Travelsure 418 between Alnwick and Belford
  • Travelsure T1 between Amble and Alnwick (Barresdale)

Tickets are valid all day every day on these routes. However, they cannot be used on any other services, including the Borders Buses 477 between Beal and Holy Island.

Buy your Discover North Northumberland ticket

North East - Network One Day Rover


Network One has a range of tickets offering unlimited travel on most buses, the Metro, Shields Ferry and National Rail trains in Tyne & Wear.

Day TicketPrices
Family (1 or 2 adults & up to 3 children)£15.50

Find out more about Network One ticket here

Tyne & Wear - Transfare


Transfares are a great way to save money on one-off journeys that involve two types of transport (bus, Metro, Shields Ferry or National Rail train) in Tyne & Wear.

  • Buy Transfares on any Arriva, Stagecoach or Go North East bus in Tyne & Wear, at any Metro station ticket machine or on the Shields Ferry.
  • You can make one change in your journey, but you must start the second leg within 90 minutes of buying your ticket.
  • You can’t make two bus journeys with the same ticket.
  • There are five Transfare zones and the price you pay depends on the number you travel through.
 One ZoneTwo ZonesThree Zones

View map of the Transfare zones here

Find out more about your Transfare ticket

North East - Teesside Tripper


The Teesside Tripper offers unlimited travel for one day on all Arriva North East and Stagecoach buses around Teesside.

  • Tickets are available to buy on all Arriva North East and Stagecoach buses, and are valid throughout our Teesside Zone.
  • The boundaries are Longnewton, Thorpe Larches, Greatham Creek, Swans Corner, Grangetown and South Lackenby.
  • Tickets can be bought ON BUS only

*Family tickets are for a minimum of one adult and one child, and a maximum of two adults and three children travelling together.

Teesside zone boundaries

North East - North East SmartZones


Brought to you as a Smartcard, these Weekly or 4-Weekly tickets allow unlimited travel at any time of the day on Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach buses in the North East SmartZone.

These Smartcards offer unlimited travel for one week or four weeks on all Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach buses in the Tees Valley or Tyne & Wear.

Tyne & Wear

ZoneWeekly4 Weekly 
Sunderland£14.40£55.60View map
North Tyneside£15.40£59.60View map
Newcastle£16£62View map

Tees Valley

SmartZoneWeekly4 Weekly
Tees Valley£29£106

View map of the TeesRider SmartZone here 

  • To get your Connect Smartcard register and purchase your first North East Smartzone product. Your Connect card will be delivered with your first purchase within 5 working days
  • Once you've received your Connect card you can purchase further North East Smartzone product online, these are collected on the bus (please allow up to 48 hours for collection, this must be an Arriva bus for your first journey).
  • You can then top up online or on the bus

Buy or top-up an Arriva Connect Smartcard

Luton - HipHop


HipHop tickets give you unlimited travel on any Arriva, Centrebus and Grant Palmer service within Luton and Dunstable. The tickets are only available to buy on bus. 




Plusbus is a travelcard that you buy with your train ticket online or at any railway station ticket office. It gives you unlimited bus travel in the area around your station before and/or after a train journey.

You can buy Plusbus with both ‘advance’ and ‘walk-on’ train fares, including singles, returns and season tickets. Plusbus travelcards are available for one-day, seven days or longer if you have a season ticket.

Please check our Plusbus page for further information

Wycombe SmartZone


Wycombe SmartZone is the simple, flexible and convenient way to travel around High Wycombe. Tickets allow you to travel on all Carousel and Arriva bus services within the designated zone, without needing separate tickets for both operators. 

View a map of the Wycombe SmartZone, and all services available to use with the ticket, here.

Ticket typeAdult price18 & under priceAvailable on appAvailable on Arriva Connect smart cardsAvailable on bus
Day ticket£4.60£3.50

Group day ticket*£10.00-
1 week£16.00£13.00
4 weeks£55.00£42.00
Any 5 days£20.00£15.00
10 trips£18.00£15.00

*Group ticket allows 5 people to travel together.

Discovery Ticket - West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton & Hove, East Hampshire, Surrey, Kent & Medway


A Discovery ticket gives you the freedom to explore West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton & Hove, East Hampshire, Surrey, Kent & Medway. It covers most of the main bus operators in the area allowing unlimited travel for the day. Buy your ticket from the driver and visit somewhere new!

Family (up to 5 people with a minimum of 1 adult and maximum of 2 adults)£20

Discovery tickets are issued and accepted on the following operators, please check with the operator if you are unsure and see the exclusions at the bottom:

•    Arriva Kent & Medway
•    ASD Transport
•    Autocar
•    Brighton & Hove
•    Chalkwell
•    Community Transport for the Lewes Area
•    Compass Travel
•    Cuckmere Buses
•    Diamond Bus South East
•    Falcon Coaches
•    Farleigh Coaches
•    Go-Coach
•    Hams Travel
•    Metrobus
•    North Wealden Community Transport
•    Nu-Venture
•    Red Route Buses
•    Regent Coaches
•    Rye & District Community Transport
•    Safeguard Coaches
•    Seaford & District
•    Southdown PSV
•    Southern Transit
•    Stagecoach
•    Sussex Coaches
•    The Big Lemon
•    White Bus Services

Excluded services:

Services operated on behalf of Transport for London, City Sightseeing Brighton, Winchester Park & Ride, Guildford Park & Ride, Tenterden Hopper Service, Sandwich Taxi Bus, Sevenoaks Taxi Bus. Occasional and special services including Ardingly showground specials, Goodwood Racecourse & Motor Racing specials, nightclub services and football services. Other exclusions may apply. Check with operator.

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