Concessionary travel passes

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

  • 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 the female state pension age, whether you are a man or a woman
  • 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.


You are eligible for a disabled person's pass if you:

  • are blind or partially sighted
  • are profoundly or severely deaf
  • are without speech
  • have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk
  • do not have arms or have long term loss of the use of both arms
  • have a learning disability - a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning, or
  • would have an application to drive a motor vehicle refused due to your disability.

Before you apply for a Disabled Person's Pass, please read the eligibility and support documentation required for application [PDF].

Companion travel pass

If you are  a disabled person, you may be able to apply for a pass which also allows a companion to travel with you.

In order to qualify for a pass with companion's entitlement you must be unable to board public transport without assistance and meet at least one of the qualifying criteria below:

  • be blind
  • have a severe walking disability
  • have a severe learning disability.

Please note: If you are the disabled pass-holder you can enjoy free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England. Your companion is only entitled to free travel for journeys starting in Nottinghamshire. Free companion travel for journeys starting outside of Nottinghamshire is not included.

Terms and conditions

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

More information

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

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