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.

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.

Local exclusions

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.

Medilink and Centrelink

Fares apply on Medilink and Centrelink services.

Travel for holders of 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 Wilkinson Street Park and Ride stops – 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.

Red Arrow

From 7 August 2017 concessionary travel passes will no longer be valid on Red Arrow. From this date Derby City Council have withdrawn concessionary travel on the Red Arrow service from Derby to Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham.

This follows Nottingham City Council’s previous withdrawal of concessionary travel on this service between Nottingham, Queens Medical Centre and Derby.

Please contact Derby City Council for further information.

Red Arrow 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.

Night buses

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

Terms and conditions

View the terms and conditions for concessionary travel passes [PDF].

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.

More information

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

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