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Travel boost for under 19s with discounted bus ticket

10 Sep 2018

Stagecoach North East is reminding its customers under 19 across the north east to renew their VIP ID card, which enables discounted travel across the Tyne and Wear region as well as in Northumberland, Teesside and Hartlepool.

As the current VIP ID cards expired on 31 Aug, the local bus operator recommends that young travellers apply for this year’s card as soon as possible to avoid delays, ensuring they can keep benefiting from great savings. 

Travelling with a VIP ticket can offer customers aged 18 or younger great savings on travel for college, university or leisure time, with the VIP 7-day ticket 50 percent cheaper when compared with an adult 7-day Tyne and Wear megarider ticket.

With a free Stagecoach VIP ID card, children and young people can travel as much as they like on Stagecoach buses in the north east for as little as £1.13 a day with a 28-day VIP ticket, which can bought online for £31.50. 

Single VIP tickets can also be bought from the driver for just £1 and 1-day and 7-day tickets can be purchased on the bus or through the mobile app for £2.40 and £8.20 respectively.

Although no longer a requirement, it is recommended for VIP customers to carry and provide ID when buying or using a VIP ticket to prove they are under 19 and avoid any confusion when boarding the bus, however the Nexus Under 16 Pop card, Network One Young Persons ID card and Arriva Teen card are also accepted.

VIP ID application forms can be downloaded on the Stagecoach website at 

Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “We understand that finances can be challenging for under 19s who are in education and training, so we are delighted to continue to offer savings across the region for our younger customers through the VIP ticket, giving them the freedom to travel independently.”

"The VIP ticket offers young people a discounted, great value unlimited travel card which will allow them the ultimate freedom to travel throughout the region without the hassle and extra cost of paying individual fares on different buses.

"Working with our young customers is important as we try and encourage greener transport modes around the north east for the future. Making bus travel more attractive to young people will also help to reduce the environmental and economic costs of congestion.”