Monday, 19 March 2018

Have you heard of the Explorer Ticket? It gives you unlimited travel across the North East

One thing I don't like about living in Northumberland is that we don't have access to the Metro system. When I lived in Wallsend it was so quick and easy to jump on the Metro to Newcastle and beyond. We've also enjoyed a few days out via public transport recently and I have a lot more planned over the summer but as there are different bus companies serving different attractions at different times, it's often difficult for me to work out the cheapest way to get somewhere.

Have you heard of the Explorer Ticket? It gives you unlimited travel across the North East

I also remember growing up, that my friends in North Tyneside would always get a 'trans fare' which allowed them to pay once and travel on bus and Metro. There was no such ticket available from the buses that passed through Cramlington and I was always frustrated that Tynesiders seemed to get a better deal.

As I was planning my Easter days out, I decided to have a quick google and see if there was a multi-operator ticket available these days and it turns out there is! Introducing the Explorer Ticket.

Explorer Ticket | Unlimited Travel in the North East

The Explorer Ticket is the only region-wide integrated transport ticket. It covers everywhere from the Scottish Borders down to Richmond and across to Carlisle so covers a HUGE area. You can use your ticket to travel right across our region using the following services: 
  • Arriva North East
  • Go North East 
  • Shields Ferry
  • Stagecoach North East and Cumbria within Carlisle
  • Travelsure
  • Tyne and Wear Metro 

The cost is super reasonable and very good value for money. I reckon if you're going to travel across two or more services, you'll end up saving money (but obviously do the math first). 
  • Adult: £10 per day
  • Child: £7 per day 
  • Family £20 per day 

I honestly wish I'd known about these tickets in the past as I would have saved lots of hassle and money. Some blog events are really awkward and expensive to get to, a £10 flat fee will definitely help with my budgeting. 

I'm going to buy a Family Explorer Ticket and put it to the test in the Easter Holidays. With one £20 I plan on using the following services:

  • Cramlington - Haymarket  - Arriva Bus
  • Haymarket - Quayside - Quaylink bus (Quayside Seaside, Turtle Bay, Mr Mulligan's Space Golf)
  • Newcastle - South Shields - Metro (The Word South Shields)
  • South Shields - North Shields - Ferry 
  • Walk to Tynemouth 
  • We're ending our day at Riley's Fish Shack on the beach so I'm not sure how we'll get back yet as it depends on the time. Probably metro to Regent centre and then bus to Cramlington. I'll share this epic day out on my Insta Stories over Easter. I think it's going to be on Thursday 5 April (weather dependent) so keep your eyes peeled! 
You can find out more about the Explorer Ticket here and purchase from a Travel Shop or your bus driver. 

Have you used an Explorer Ticket before? Hopefully this post has inspired you to travel far and wide with the kids using public transport. 

1 comment

  1. I think £20 is really expensive for us and wouldn't tempt me out of the car from Great Park. However I can see if being a good deal if you live further out as you guys do and use it all day. Your day out sounds ace. need to take girls to that golf thing as i'm sure they would love it


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