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North East SmartZone – add one to your card today !

Get unlimited travel on Stagecoach, Go North East and Arriva buses with SmartZone! You can load a SmartZone ticket onto your smart card.


Why you'll love your SmartZone ticket

A SmartZone ticket:

  • is valid on Stagecoach, Go North East and Arriva buses

  • is available for Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Tees Valley

  • gives you unlimited travel within your chosen zone with one ticket

  • can easily be replaced or cancelled if lost

  • will be sold and accepted by other transport operators in the future


How it works 

All SmartZone 7 day tickets for Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside,   Sunderland and Teesside  can be bought on the bus from your driver. These tickets can be loaded onto a StagecoachSmart card, a Go North East Key Card or an Arriva Connect card.

Tickets bought on the bus will be loaded onto your smart card immediately. You'll then have unlimited travel on Stagecoach, Go North East buses and Arriva buses in your chosen zone.

If you buy your ticket on the Go North East or Arriva website, your first journey must be on a bus from that company. 


Where you can use it

You can use your SmartZone ticket throughout your chosen zone, including: 

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 South Tyneside

 North Tyneside



Tees Valley 
  • South Shields
  • Harton
  • Whitburn
  • Cleadon 
  • Boldon
  • Bill Quay
  • Hebburn
  • Jarrow
  • Backworth
  • Whitley Bay
  • Rake Lane Hospital
  • Cobalt
  • North Shields
  • Howdon
  • Percy Main

  • Airport
  • Gosforth Park
  • Killingworth
  • Forest Hall
  • Gosforth
  • Newbiggin Hall
  • Throckley
  • Heaton
  • Fenham
  • Walker


  • Town End Farm
  • Hylton Castle
  • Witherwack
  • Seaburn
  • Grangetown
  • Silksworth
  • Doxford
  • Farringdon
  • Hastings Hill
  • Pennywell
  • South Hylton
  • Middlesbrough
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Hartlepool
  • Darlington
  • Redcar
  • Guisborough

Download our zone maps:

South Tyneside SmartZone map.                             

North Tyneside SmartZone map.

Newcastle SmartZone map.

Sunderland SmartZone map.

Teesside SmartZone  map.

How much it costs

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Area  7 days
 South Tyneside
North Tyneside
Newcastle  £16.00
Sunderland  £14.40
Teesside £21.50 
Tees Valley  £29.00