In March 2021, the Government published Bus Back Better, the National Bus Strategy for England. A requirement of the Strategy is for each Local Transport Authority to publish a Bus Service Improvement Plan by October, setting out how they will work together with local bus operators to increase the number of people travelling by bus. Whether you currently travel by bus or not, please click here to access a survey for your opportunity to contribute your views to the development of the Bus Service Improvement Plan, and the improvements that are subsequently delivered. Please click here for more information and complete the survey before Sunday 26 September 2021.
Bus, train and coach timetables are subject to regular revision owing to the changing nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please keep checking this page for the latest updates. As restrictions are eased, more people are travelling together safely. It will not always be possible to sit apart from others and someone may sit next to you. If you can, please try to avoid travelling at peak times when the public transport network is likely to be busier.
When travelling by bus, train or coach, please follow government advice and adhere to the safety measures that have been put in place:
Those with symptoms of the coronavirus, or who has someone in their household self-isolating, must not travel.
Book online or use contactless to pay for your travel if you can.
Plan ahead to try to limit the number of people that you come into contact with, for example by avoiding travel at peak times.
Please think of others and wear a face covering if you can.
Wash or sanitise your hands when you can, avoid touching your face, and touch as few surfaces as possible.
Respect other people's space wherever possible.
Please be patient, wait for passengers to get off before you board and don't queue in the aisle or next to the driver when waiting to alight.
More people are travelling and coming together safely now that restrictions have been eased so it may not always be possible to sit apart from others and someone may sit next to you. If possible, do not sit directly facing other passengers unless they are travelling with you, and avoid standing.
Please open windows to help with ventilation and don't shut windows that are already open.
Avoid loud talking, singing or shouting, and don't consume food or drink if at all possible.
Dispose of waste responsibly, or take it home with you.
Although bus capacities have increased as restrictions are eased, more people are now travelling. Look out for ‘BUS FULL’ signs and, if this sign is visible, you may not be able to board. Please help others by prioritising those who need to travel more urgently than you.
Please click on the operator links below for full service details and timetables. Current timetables can also be found on the Bus Timetables Lookup page:
Arriva: Most Darlington town centre bus stops revert to their normal arrangements from Sunday 29 August 2021, and all journeys on Darlington to Durham service 7 are diverted via Durham Gate, with a consequent slight change to the timetable, from the same date. Monday to Saturday daytime journeys on services 2 and 4 in Darlington, service X26/X27 from Darlington to Richmond and Catterick Garrison, and journeys at all times on Darlington service 2A, temporarily reduced in frequency from Sunday 25 July 2021. Services 8, 15, 63, X12 (Durham to Newcastle section) and X17 are temporarily reduced in frequency from Sunday 1 August 2021, although Sunday journeys are unchanged, and service X5 remains suspended until further notice. The seasonal Sunday Northern DalesBus service 831 to the Yorkshire Dales National Park continues until Sunday 17 October 2021. Please pay by contactless or using the Arriva app if you can and, if paying cash, please tender the exact fare if at all possible.
Coatham Coaches: New Monday to Friday service 18 commenced on Tuesday 1 September 2020, replacing Arriva service 81S between Stokesley and Guisborough and restoring a direct service between Guisborough, Upleatham and Saltburn.
Go North East: Service X9 resumed operation, reinstating a half hourly Monday to Saturday daytime frequency between Middlesbrough and Newcastle with service X10 (on its normal more direct route), from Monday 6 September 2021. The seasonal Seasider service X11 to Whitby and Scarborough continues on weekends until Sunday 31 October 2021. The exact money is required for cash payment from Monday 27 April 2020. Use the When2Travel tool to see how busy each bus is likely to be. For immediate travel, you can see how many seats are still available.
Hodgsons: Services operate as normal.
Moorsbus: This seasonal network of services around the North York Moors National Park, with links from the Tees Valley, continues on weekends until Sunday 26 September 2021. An additional service M5, from Stockton via Eaglescliffe and Yarm, is new for 2021.
North Yorkshire County Council operate the fortnightly demand responsive service DR18 from the Esk Valley to Guisborough from September 2021. Passengers must register to use the service and then book in advance on 01609 533877.
Paul's Travel: Service 65 operates as normal.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council (Local Link): All services permanently withdrawn from Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Scarlet Band: Service 16 (The Pink Bus) was retimed from Monday 5 July 2021, in order to offer a better spread of journeys with Arriva service 3 between Darlington town centre and Mowden. Monday only service 20 is permanently withdrawn (use Stagecoach Tees Flex instead) whilst services 84 and 84A continue to operate as normal.
Stagecoach: Hartlepool services 1, 3/3A, 6 and 7 revised from Sunday 5 September 2021, with many frequencies restored to early summer levels. All services in Stockton and Middlesbrough (except 64B and Tees Flex), and service 36 in Hartlepool, will operate to a reduced or amended timetable on Saturdays from Saturday 14 August 2021 onwards. Tees Flex extended to cover Hartburn Village, and additional Secondary Destinations, from Monday 22 March 2021. A shuttle service, operated by JH Coaches on behalf of Stagecoach, runs every 20 minutes from Middlesbrough Bus and Rail Stations to the Riverside Stadium mass vaccination centre on the dates when it is open, and Tees Flex is available for journeys to the Darlington Arena mass vaccination centre from the Darlington & Stockton Zone and relevant Secondary Destinations.
The Little White Bus: The Richmondshire Rover Tuesday service to Teesside Park is permanently withdrawn.
Middlesbrough Bus Station opening hours extended until 2200 each day from Tuesday 1 September 2020. Both the Newport Road and Captain Cook Square pedestrian entrances to the Bus Station continue to be in use with a two-way route in place and the toilets remain available, although with hourly closures for cleaning. From 2201 onwards, buses depart from Stand Z outside BBC Tees in Newport Road (buses towards Stockton) or temporary bus stops in Brentnall Street outside Brentnall Business Units (all other services). Coaches depart from Stand Z outside BBC Tees in Newport Road at all times. In Middlesbrough town centre, the Cleveland Centre Stands O-S in Grange Road remain closed until further notice.
Bus ticket acceptance returned to normal from Monday 28 June 2021, following increases in bus service frequencies and available seating capacities.
Arrangements reverted to normal across the whole of the North East from Tuesday 26 May 2020.
Please click on the Train Operating Company links below for full service details and timetables:
Grand Central: A reduced service resumed from Saturday 27 March 2021 with further changes from Sunday 6 June. Off-peak fares will be available on all trains on Fridays throughout 2021 and seat reservations, which can be made up to 5 minutes before departure, are compulsory for all journeys.
LNER: Reduced network and timetables with further changes from Sunday 16 May 2021. Super Off-Peak tickets are now available on all trains on Fridays, except for journeys between London and Stevenage. Seat reservations are required for all journeys and can be made up to 5 minutes before departure.
Northern: Further changes to timetables with many services restored from Sunday 16 May 2021. In particular, there are now 2 trains each hour, Monday to Saturday daytime, between Darlington, Middlesbrough and Saltburn, there are more trains between Middlesbrough, Nunthorpe and Whitby on the Esk Valley Railway, and a number of late evening journeys have been reintroduced.
Please click on the operator links below for full details:
Megabus: Limited services, including from Middlesbrough, resumed from Monday 29 March 2021.
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