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. It 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.
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.
NET only accept passes issued by us (Nottinghamshire County Council) or by Nottingham City Council.
If you have a bus pass issued by another council this will not be valid and you will need to buy a ticket before you board from the ticket machines.
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
From 2 January 2018 the previous restriction for use of your pass on these services has been removed. You can therefore use your pass to travel as follows:
- before 9.30am: fares must be paid at all stops
- after 9.30am: free from all stops.
Concessionary passes are not accepted on this service.
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 charge a premium fare so may be excluded from the scheme. Please check with the relevant operator.
Terms and conditions
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 the Robin Hood Network website, which has information on:
For any enquiries about concessionary travel please contact our Customer Service Centre.