Kids can ride the North East Buses, Tube and Shields Ferry for free this Easter – Here’s how

Children can ride North East buses for free this Easter thanks to special offers introduced at the start of the school holidays.

Up until May 7, paying customers can take up to three children under the age of 11 free on public transport in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham. The Metro and Shields Ferry already have a standing agreement to take children for free when they travel.

Now bus companies Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East have launched Easter offers as part of a new partnership with municipalities to expand sustainable public transport and fight the climate emergency.

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Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Transport North East, said: “We are working in partnership with bus operators and Nexus to make public transport cheaper, easier and greener – by far the best way to get around our amazing region. It’s great news that our region’s bus companies are adding buses to this great value offer already available on the Metro and Shields Ferry.

“People traveling with children can travel cheaply on public transport in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham. When traveling on any combination of bus, tube and the Shields Ferry, each paying adult can travel up to three children aged 11 and under free.

“This offer will help families travel more cheaply on public transport over the Easter holidays and enjoy our amazing region while maintaining a low carbon footprint.”

Each bus company has launched its own offer and customers should check for detailed terms and conditions on board or via the company websites and social media. Customers with Network One tickets, including Day Rover and Explorer, can also take advantage of the offer. Some season tickets are excluded from offers, as are customers who do not pay for their ride.

Nexus, which oversees transport in Tyne and Wear, is expanding its offering of contracted municipal bus services, in addition to its existing Take The Kids For Free promise for Metro and Shields Ferry.

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Steve Walker, Managing Director of Stagecoach North East, said: “After such a challenging few years, we are delighted to introduce this free travel offer for children traveling with a paying adult, to allow families to explore the many great places on offer that our coaches throughout Operate Tyne and Wear. As the weather improves and families start spending time together again, it’s time to leave the car at home, save some money and keep the kids entertained this April.

“This free ride offer for children offers families a great way to make the most of our connected public transport, whether it’s to meet up with friends, visit family members or explore the region.”

Stephen King, Commercial Director at Go North East added: “The Easter holidays are always a great opportunity to go out with the kids as a family or to meet up with friends and family. Children’s offer is free on our regional bus network and with our network of partners, which includes Stagecoach, Arriva and Tyne & Wear Metro, allows everyone to explore this wonderful region and the sights and cities it has to offer without fear to explore ahead of rising fuel costs.”


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