Concessionary travel passes

A concessionary travel pass allows you to enjoy free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.

Free travel is available:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 11pm
  • Weekends and public holidays: all day


You are entitled to a national concessionary travel pass if you have either:

  • reached state pension age (for women)*
  • an eligible disability.

The age of qualification is the same for men and women and is linked to the state pension age for women, which is currently being increased to reach 66 by 2020. To see when you will qualify for a free pass on age grounds, look at the state pension age calculator on the GOV.UK website.

When using this calculator for bus pass queries you will only need to supply your date of birth as the age of qualification is the same for men and women.

Services you can't use your pass for

Nottingham City Council exclusions from 13 March 2017

The concessionary fares scheme is funded by central government but managed and administered by local transport authorities. The local transport authority reimburses bus operators for journeys made under the scheme.

The following exclusions have been advised by Nottingham City Council from 13 March 2017:

Medilink and Centrelink

Fares will be introduced on Medilink and Centrelink services.

Concessionary travel permits

Travel for holders on Nottinghamshire concessionary travel permits will be as follows:

  • travel before 9.30am: fares must be paid at all stops.
  • travel after 9.30am: free from all stops except Queens Drive, Racecourse Park and Ride stops and Wilkinson Street Park & Ride stop – a fare must be paid if boarding at these stops. If you have a pass issued by any council other than Nottingham City Council you will not be able to use your pass when boarding at these sites. Details of the ticket prices for the park and ride services are available on the Nottingham City Council website. If you have one of our passes you can board the same bus at any other stop on the route and travel for free using your pass.

Other Nottingham City Council exclusions

Night buses

Night Buses which charge a premium fare. Please check with the relevant operator.

Red Arrow

Nottingham City Council have withdrawn concessionary travel on the Red Arrow service from Nottingham to Derby. This services is classed as an amenity service rather than local bus travel. A local bus service generally serves all stops along the route. However, the Red Arrow operates as a limited stop express service.

You can still use your pass if you are travelling on the Red Arrow on the route from Derby to Nottingham. This is because journeys on a return trip will start within a different local transport authority area.

More information

For any enquiries about concessionary travel please contact our Customer Service Centre.

Additional benefits

In addition to the national benefits, the Nottinghamshire scheme includes free travel on the Nottingham tram (NET).

To receive free tram travel make sure you scan your bus pass before boarding the tram. Tram inspectors will be in operation and may ask to re-scan your pass to check it was done before boarding.

Who to apply to

We administer this scheme in Nottinghamshire. If you live in the county you will need to apply to us for a new pass or to renew an old one.

If you live in the City of Nottingham please visit their Citycard web pages.

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