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
Certain services are excluded such as night buses which charge a premium fare. Please check with the relevant operator.
Nottingham City changes
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 changes have been advised by Nottingham City Council from 1 April 2016:
Nottingham City Council have withdrawn concessionary travel on the Red Arrow service from Nottingham to Derby.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.
Park and Ride
Nottingham City Council have withdrawn free travel from the two park and ride sites in Nottingham, Queens Drive and Colwick.
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 & ride services are available from Nottingham City Council.
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.
If you're unsure about these new exclusions to concessionary travel please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80.
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.