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Out and about this Christmas season? It's less fuss to take the bus or train!



This holiday season why not leave the car at home and let someone else do the driving.   It's far less stress and many buses stop right in front of shops.   We've put together a few ideas to encourage you to take the bus or train this season so whether you're celebrating, commuting or shopping it is far less fuss by bus and train!


Let's go by bus for less fuss.

To get departure information from any bus stop in the Tees Valley go to Connect Tees Valley's Live Timetable.

Below are just a few examples of fares that might be useful this festive season.  Whether your shopping, celebrating or commuting.  Let us do the driving, so you can relax.  It's less fuss by bus and train!  

For a complete list of fares and detailed travel information go to Connect Tees Valley.


Celebrating with friends?  Far less fuss by bus!


There are quite a few late-night bus services in and around our regions, for example, any single journey bought on the bus after 7 pm in only £1 on all Darlington town services and 7a or 3 services in Stockton. 

Check out your bus timetable to see if you could leave the car at home to celebrate into the night with friends!

Going to work?  It's less fuss by bus!


With an Arriva annual Tees Valley Saver ticket your commute to work can by as little as £2.70 per day. 

Additionally, many businesses in the Tees Valley are signed up to the Arriva Employer Travel Club where employee fare discounts are available. 


Unlimited travel for 1 or 4 weeks on all Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach buses in Teesside and the wider Tees Valley.

See Connect Tees Valley's website for full details.


Shopping for presents? it's less fuss by bus

The simplest and most convenient way to travel is to purchase a single or return ticket from the driver to your shopping destination.

Most bus services in the Tees Valley accept conctactless payment.

For wider travel across the Tees Valley you might want to consider the Teesside Tripper, listed here.


Let's go by train for less fuss.

Celebrating?  Check for a later train to leave the car at home.

There are quite a few late trains around our region.  Before you set off to celebrate the season, check whether you can get home by train. For example...

from Carlisle to Hartlepool take the late train by Northern.

A late train departs Newcastle 22:49, arriving into Hartlepool at 23:32.

A little tip: If you type in "The last train from/to.." Google and other search engines will give you some good sites to find out exactly what times will be best for your plans.  

Check this result for the last train from Darlington to Middlesbrough from Trainline and Google search also gave us great results on Google maps with timetables.   Always verify this with the operator but it's a good place to start your holiday plans.

Commuting to work?  You can catch the bus and train.

If you have further to walk getting to or from a train station, consider adding on the bus. 

The Plus Bus ticket gives 1/3 off unlimited bus travel around town with your Railcard. Simply buy a PlusBus day ticket with your train ticket.

Shopping for Mum?  Shopping with a friend?  Consider a railcard to save on your shopping trips all year round.

There are some great railcards that will get you shopping all year round and save you money getting there by train.

How about a 16-25 Railcard?

For those aged 16-25 as well as Mature students aged 26 or over and in full time education.  It's only £30 per year.  Your 16-25 Railcard will save you 1/3 off a wide range of tickets and gets you discounts on special offers.  

Or shopping with friends? How about the Two Together Railcard? 

If you go places regularly with a friend this might be the railcard for you.

There are lots of railcards that might be right for you, check them all out

Get tips and info on your travel choices...

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