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Types of bus tickets
No matter how often you travel by bus, there is a ticket to suit every journey. Consider buying a weekly, monthly or annual ticket if you commute regularly as these tickets offer huge savings compared to the cost of a standard single or return fare. If there are more of you travelling, family tickets are available that allow unlimited travel for up to 2 adults and 3 children.
To find out about specific tickets and fares please contact your local bus operator.
Combined bus & rail cards
If you're travelling by train to/from many stations, including Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Darlington or Durham then you can buy a rail PLUSBUS ticket [external link]. These tickets allow you to travel in the area you are going to/from at a discounted price.
Regionwide bus travel
If you’re planning a day out in the region, then you can purchase an Explorer North East ticket [external link]. This ticket permits one day's travel throughout the region on many local bus services, Tyne & Wear Metro and the Shields ferry. With family tickets available, it can be a cheaper option for a family day out.
Buying bus tickets
Depending on how often you travel and the type of ticket you need, there are a number of different ways you can purchase your ticket:
- On the bus – many tickets can be purchased directly from the driver when you board the bus, including standard single and return tickets; daily and weekly passes; and family saver tickets.
- Online – high value tickets like monthly and annual season tickets can be purchased directly from many bus operator websites.
- On your mobile – selected tickets can be bought through mobile ticketing, including weekly, monthly and annual season tickets, student and family saver tickets at a discount.
- Local shops – participating shops provide a ticket selling service on behalf of selected bus operators.
Your nearest bus stop displays the latest timetable and route information, so it’s easy to find out where your local bus services go and what times they run. However, if you would like to find a particular map or timetable and you’re having trouble finding it on this page, the Local Motion team are here to help. Please contact us for more information.
If you have reached the pensionable age applicable to a woman or are eligible disabled you may qualify to travel free of charge anywhere in England between 9:30 am and 11:00 pm on weekdays and at any time on weekends and bank holidays, using a concessionary bus pass.
For further information and to apply for concessionary bus passes please contact your local council.
- Darlington Borough Council - bus pass information [external link]
- Durham County Council - bus pass information [external link]
- Connect Tees Valley – bus pass information [external link]
Darlington bus maps and timetables
A list of all the bus services operating in Darlington are on the Darlington bus map [pdf document].
Bus services in the Darlington and South Durham area are run by commercial operators who provide timetable and route information specific to their services.
If you’re looking for a particular timetable and you know the bus operator of the service, we recommend that you visit their website or contact them directly. Timetables for the main bus companies operating in the area can be found at the links below:
- Arriva timetables [external link]
- Scarlet Band timetables [external link]
- Go North East timetables [external link]
- Procters (Dales and Districts) timetables [external link]
Printed copies of Darlington bus maps and timetables are available from the following locations in Darlington:
South Durham bus maps and timetables
For a list of bus services operating in South Durham please use the South Durham bus map [external link]
For an on line version of this map, visit Durham county council's interactive travel map [external link] . The online version also provides timetable information.
Printed copies of South Durham bus maps and timetables are available from the following locations:
- Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Tourist Information Centre and Library) [external link]
- The 4 Clocks Centre in Bishop Auckland [external link]
- The Hut at Bishop Auckland bus station [external link]
- Newton Aycliffe Library [external link]
- Shildon Library [external link]
Tees Valley bus maps and timetables
For information on bus maps and timetables in the Tees Valley, including Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, please visit our partner site Connect Tees Valley [external link].
Contact details for bus companies operating in the Darlington and South Durham area are listed below. Questions or comments regarding the operation of a local bus service should be made direct to the relevant bus company.
Arriva Customer Services
FREEPOST ANG 7624
phone; 0344 800 44 11
Arriva website [external link]
phone: 01325 300 604
Go North East
13 Hillside Road
phone: 01388 458099
Procters Coaches (Dales & District)
Leeming Bar Industrial Estate
phone: 01677 425203
Procters Coaches website [external link]
Scarlet Band Bus and Coach Ltd
phone: 01740 654247
Scarlet Band website [external link]
Stagecoach in Teesside
Stockton on Tees
phone: 0191 566 0231
Stagecoach Teesside website [external link]
Stagecoach in Hartlepool
8 Market Place
phone: 0191 566 0231
Bus service operators' grant
From 1 January 2014, the Department for Transport (DfT) have paid an annual grant to Local Authorities in England (including Darlington) to replace the “Bus Service Operators' Grant” for tendered services which, up until this time, had been paid direct to the bus operators.
As part of the grant conditions, Darlington is required to report on how they have made use of these funds by completing a short survey issued by the DfT, details of which can be found below.
Easy access buses
All buses in Darlington and South Durham are low floor easy access, which means that the bus "kneels" down level to the kerb making it easy to board the bus with a mobility scooter or if you are travelling with children in a pushchair.
With a bit of preparation and planning, people with a disability can travel safely and with confidence on the bus.
There are a range of resources that can help you prepare to travel. For general advice and articles about travelling on public transport with a disability you may find the Disabled Travel Advice [external link] site helpful.
Before you travel, it is advisable to check that the bus route you wish to take is accessible. For more information about whether your service is accessible contact the relevant bus company directly. Bus company contact information is found here.