Pop Pay As You Go

Pop Pay As You Go is a way to pay for travel public transport in North East England. Once you've got your Pop PAYG, top it up and then use it to pay as you go for your journeys as you make them on buses across the region and Tyne & Wear Metro. Ideal if you don't travel very often and don't want to carry change.

Pop PAYG is delivered by the unique NESTI partnership which sees local bus operators and local authorities working together to deliver smart ticketing payment options for public transport.

Watch Nexus' Pop PAYG How to guides here.

Where can I buy a Pop PAYG card?

Buy your Pop PAYG card from popcard.org.uk (for £3.50, plus a £10 balance) or from a Nexus TravelShop or selected Payzone stores (just the card, for £5).

Where can I use my Pop PAYG card?

You can use Pop PAYG on Metro, on almost all buses and the Shields Ferry. Pop PAYG works differently on Metro, bus and ferry. See below for more details.

Pop PAYG is valid on services in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley.

  • On buses - pay for single, return and day tickets from the driver using your Pop PAYG balance.
  • On Metro - pay for your trip by touching in at the Metro station validator or gate at the start of your journey and touching out at the end. You’ll only pay for the journey you have made and we’ll calculate the best fare for you.
  • On the Shields Ferry - pay for single and day tickets from the ferry operator using your Pop PAYG balance.

Find out more here.