National lockdown restrictions are in place across England until 2 December but bus services are running as normal. You should only travel for work, education or other permitted reasons.
In South Wales, all of our timetables will go back to what we were running before the 'firebreak' lockdown. There will also be some timetable changes to a number of Aberdare services to improve connectivity.
The new tier system is in operation across Scotland, but if you need to travel, make sure you're up-to-date with what's happening in your area by checking the local government guidance.
We've put in place measures to allow you to travel safely including limiting available seats on buses and enhanced cleaning. Unless you’re exempt, you must wear a face covering throughout your journey. Please avoid busy times, use contactless payment where you can, keep your distance and take your litter with you. Stay up to date on our Coronavirus page.
Whether you want a day in the library or a night on the town, a trip to the shops or a pub lunch, never worry about getting there with unirider from just 92p* per day.
Don’t worry about change for the bus – pay at the start of the academic year or the term and never have to think about scraping together travel money again. No more walking home from campus in the rain, no more expensive taxis.
Once you buy your unirider, that’s it, you just show it to the driver, along with your student ID, whenever you board a Stagecoach bus.
Unirider tickets bought online are now loaded onto a Stagecoach Student Smart Card.
Top up easily online and simply tap your card onto the reader when you board the bus.
Remember, you'll be required to show student ID when you board the bus.
Buying online is quick and easy, but you can also buy a paper unirider ticket directly from an agent or travel shop.
Please note - unirider tickets are cheaper when bought online.
M&M Newsagents: 140 Northumberland Street, Newcastle
Littles Newsagents: 223 Shields Road, Byker, Newcastle
Nexus Travel Shop: Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland
Stagecoach Travel Shop: Castlegate Centre, Stockton High Street
Where can I use it?
We operate services in Newcastle, Sunderland, South Shields, Hartlepool and Teesside... you can go anywhere from the coast, to the shops, to a lecture or the cinema, all with your one unirider ticket!
If you’re a full time student in the North East, you can buy our great value unirider ticket. Here are the main universities in the North East:
University of Sunderland
South Tyneside College
English Martyrs Sixth Form College
We've frozen our unirider ticket prices to help you save more this academic year.
Our Annual unirider ticket costs just £280 when you buy online and is valid for the entire academic year, from 1st September 2020 until 30th June 2021.
Alternatively, you can buy your ticket by term from just £122. Term 1 tickets are also available now and are valid from 1st September 2020 until 31st December 2020.
*Based on the purchase of an annual North East unirider ticket at £280 over 304 days.
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|Ticket Type||Online Price||Agent Price||
(to & from)
|Annual (academic year)||£280||£290||1 Sep 20 - 30 Jun 21|
|Term 1 (autumn)||£122||£127||1 Sep 20 - 31 Dec 20|
|Term 2 (spring)||£122||£127||1 Jan 21 - 31 Mar 21|
|Term 3 (summer)
||£122||£127||1 Apr 21 - 30 Jun 21|
|Term 2 & 3 (spring & summer)
||£188||£193||1 Jan 21 - 30 Jun 21|
|Summer holiday||£82||£85||1 July 21 - 31 Aug 21|
Unirider ticket are items of value and should be looked after as securely as possible...
If you buy a paper unirider from either an agent or directly from Stagecoach and your paper bus ticket is lost or stolen, there will be a charge to replace it as we cannot cancel the ticket.
We will only replace a ticket once within its validity period.
We will impose an administration charge of £25.
We will insist on the claim being in writing either by email or through the post to our head office. You will need to provide proof of purchase.
If we agree to cancel an activated ticket, we will refund the residual ticket value based on a pro-rata calculation of the price paid and the period of time remaining by reference to the date the refund is requested or last date of use, whichever is the later. Before we process a refund, we may ask for tickets to be returned to us or request photographic evidence of destruction. There is a cancellation charge of £15 which will be applied. To find out more about our refund policy go to our online terms and conditions.
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