If you're using public transport the E1, E2 and E6 bus services all travel between South Shields and Sunderland. These services are ideal to use if you are staying with us to visit Fulwell, Roker, Seaburn, Seaburn Dene, South Bents and Whitburn areas of the city. A current timetable of these bus routes can be seen here...
Alternatively if you are visiting Dene Estate, Monkwearmouth Hospital on Newcastle Road, Carley Hill, Witherwack, Red House, Downhill, Town End Farm, Hylton Castle, Southwick, Millfield, Pallion, Ford Estate, Quarry View, South Hylton, Pennywell, High Barnes, Sunderland Royal Hospital, University of Sunderland, Pennywell, Hastings Hill, Grindon, Springwell, City of Sunderland College, Thorney Close, Plains Farm, Barnes Park, Hillview, Tunstall Hills, Sunderland Eye Hospital, Hendon, Grangetown, Silksworth, Vicarage Farm, Gilley Law, Farringdon, East Herrington, Doxford International, Doxford Park, Mill Hill and Hall Farm then we recommend taking the #35 bus service to Sunderland Park Lane interchange then transferring to a more localised bus route. This method will ensure you have the shortest journey time.
The pdf document below illustrates Sunderland's local bus routes (correct July 2013). Note that the #35 bus route is not shown on the map as it is run by a different bus company.
As shown above the #3 service travels to Hylton Castle via Southwick. The #4 service travels to Town End Farm via Southwick, Marley Potts, Red House and Downhill. The #5 and #5A services travel to Hall Farm via Chester Road and Sunderland Royal Hospital, Plains Farm, Thorney Close, Farrington, Gilley Law and Doxford Park. The #8 service to South Hylton travels via Hylton Road and Sunderland Royal Hospital and High Barnes. The #10 and #11 services serve Millfield, Pallion, Ford Estate, Quarry View, Hendon, Grangetown, City of Sunderland College Tunstall Centre, Sunderland Eye Hospital and Hillview. The #12 service travels to Vicarage Farm via Barnes Park and Silksworth. The #13 service travels to Hall Farm via Barnes Park, Silksworth, Gilley Law, Farringdon, Doxford Park and Mill Hill. The #16 service travels to Hastings Hill via Chester Road and Sunderland Royal Hospital, High Barnes, Springwell and Grindon. The #18 and #19 services pass through Thorney Close, Grindon, Springwell, Plains Farm, Pallion, Southwick, Fulwell, Seaburn, South Bents, Roker, Hendon, Grangetown, Hillview and Barnes Park. The #20 bus service travels to Pennywell via Hylton Road and Sunderland Royal Hospital and High Barnes. The #23 service travels to Dene Estate via Fulwell. Finally the X1 service offers an express route to Doxford International. Individual timetables for local routes can be downloaded here: Sunderland Bus Timetables.