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Information for Bus Travellers


Travel on Arriva Bus Services in the Durham Area for £1 per day

To assist all staff and students, the University now has in place an arrangement with Arriva to allow unlimited travel throughout the day on any of their bus services within the Durham City Zone for £1 per day. Please show a valid campus ID card to gain the discounted £1 ticket.

The ticket allows travel on any Arriva bus service within the zone any time of the day, with no limit on the number of times the ticket can be used per day. Day or weekly 7 day tickets (£5 for a weekly ticket) can be purchased on the bus. Alternatively, termly or tickets for a full academic year can also be purchased (go to the Arriva website). Staff and students can benefit by travelling into Durham from several areas, including Pity Me, Newton Hall, Framwellgate Moor, Sherburn Village, Merryoaks Broom Park, and Bearpark.

Day Week One Term Full Academic Year
Durham Uni City £1 £5 £45 £120
Durham Uni City + Newcastle* £2.50 £7.50 £60 £150

*available to students only

Simply purchase one of the above bolt-on tickets and enjoy unlimited travel on all Arriva North East services within Durham City or Durham City plus Service X12 to Newcastle and Service X24 to MetroCentre. Just hop onto the bus, show the driver your ID card and bolt-on ticket and enjoy the journey.

Please note that the arrangements for free travel on the inter-campus bus service, Arriva X12, are still available, along with free travel on Arriva 56 & 57 bus services between Coxhoe and Durham Bus Station up to and including Saturday 29 September 2018. Please note that with effect from Sunday 30 September, changes are being introduced which include an expansion to the area in which staff and students are able to travel unlimited for £1 per day within Durham City and beyond. Further details are available.

A full list of bus services servicing Durham is produced by Durham County Council.

A Park and Ride service is also available in Durham. The sites offer free parking for users of the Park and Ride bus service and unlimited daily travel into the city centre. The cost of this service is £2 per person daily, however, purchase of a smart card offers 20 days of travel for £34, which is £1.70 per day. Students (resident at Ustinov or Josephine Butler Colleges only) can still use Howlands Park and Ride for £1 per day. All Park and Ride users can also use the Cathedral Bus for free.

Arriva run a selection of bus services in and out of Durham City Centre. Please see the Arriva Network map for service numbers. To access a timetable for a specific service please click on the Arriva Bus link on the right of this page.

Alternatively please see the following link for bus routes into Durham.

For instant updates on bus services in the region, including any traffic disruptions please visit the Arriva news webstie at and the GoNorthEast website at

If you wish to travel by train between Durham and Queen's Campus, a train service is available, operated by Northern Rail, between Thornaby Train Station and Durham Train Station. For a copy of the timetable please go to the Northern Rail web site and click on the link for the Newcastle-Bishop Auckland train timetable.


Stockton High Street and Middlesbrough Town Centre Bus Stands.

Below are two documents highlighting the locations of every bus stop on Stockton High Street, also Middlesbrough Town Centre and the services which operate from those stands.

The Go North East X7 travels between Sunderland and Middlesbrough, with stops in Seaham, Peterlee, Stockton High Street and Queen's Campus.

If you wish to travel by train between Queen's Campus and Middlesbrough, a train service is available, operated by Northern Rail, between Thornaby Train Station and Middlesbrough Train Station. For a copy of the timetable please go to the Northern Rail web site and click on the link for the Middlesbrough-Newcastle train timetable.


Free Arriva Bus App

The new Arriva Bus App has a range of feature designed to make it easier for you to get around on the bus. Whether you want to know the time of the next bus, where the nearest bus stop is, or how long before you get to your destination.

The App will provide scheduled timetable information - that's the planned bus times that you would see in a printed timetable leaflet.

An early enhancement to the App (on a region by region basis, as the data becomes available), will be the addition of real time information - what's actually happening there and then. Then if the bus gets held up, you'll be able to see it on the App and get on with something else for a bit longer before you go to the bus stop, or it will suggest alternative solutions if they exist.

For more details, please visit

Next Bus Service on Your Mobile Phone

If you are waiting for a bus service and would like to know when the next bus is due why not use the 'next bus' service that is avaiable for mobile phone users. NextBuses is a mobile internet service which makes it possible to find bus times on your mobile internet enabled phone. iPhone and Android phone apps are also available. More details are available on the Traveline public transport information website.

If you can't get the NextBuses service on your phone you can check the next buses from a particular bus stop by sending the bus stop code in a text. The bus stop code may be displayed on the bus stop flag or in the timetable case.

To use the service, simply type the stop code as a text message in your mobile phone - and send it to 84268. The message you send will cost your normal text message charge. In some areas the reply will be free of charge. In most areas the reply will cost up to 25p. More details are available on the Traveline public transport information website.