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Free travel and concessions

Everyone aged 60 and over, or who is disabled, is entitled to free local bus travel. Local authorities also offer concessions for certain groups of people using buses, including young people.

Free bus travel

From April 2006 everyone in England who is:

• over 60, or

• disabled

is entitled to a free annual bus pass giving free off-peak bus travel within the local authority area where they live. Off-peak travel is when you travel any time after 9.30am Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends. Some local authorities have chosen to extend the availabilty of free travel or offer other benefits such as travel on trams, but this is entirely at the discretion of the local council. To find out if your scheme has been widened beyond your local area and to obtain your bus pass then contact your local council.

London buses

In London under 16s, whether residents or non-residents, can travel free on buses but children aged 14-15 must have an Oyster photocard to take advantage of free travel.

Information on how to obtain an Oyster photocard can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Getting a reduced fare

Reduced, or concessionary, bus fare tickets are sometimes available to:

  • under 18s
  • students in full-time education

Half-price coach travel for:

  • over 60s
  • disabled passengers

is also offered by some coach companies.

Your local authority will have details of local transport schemes in your area.

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