National Bus Pass Scheme

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Are you interested in knowing more about free bus pass concessions, travel concessions and other discounts that are available to the over 60s? Find out how you can register as a free member and start saving money.

Free bus travel across England is available to residents of England who are of State Pension age.

The National Bus Pass Scheme entitles men and women to free off-peak bus travel on all local buses throughout England.

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Starts: July 22, 2014
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Reviews

  60+ Oyster
Rosalyn Shorten-May 10, 2014
Recommend? Yes
Details:
Rather than wait for your retirement date for your bus pass, if you live in a London Borough you can apply at 60 for a 60+ Oyster

It will cost you £10, but well worth it for free bus & train travel.
Go to TFL website and click on 60+ Oyster
  West Midlands, Black Country Area
Bob Lancaster-May 8, 2014
Recommend? Yes
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Many travel pass holders tend to forget that they can use the train and Metro trams between Wolverhampton and Birmingham. It's quick easy and avoids the worst of the traffic. Usually great for secure parking too.
  Trent Barton 55 Club Card (Notts/Derbys area)
Clive Wheatley-March 4, 2014
Recommend? Yes
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Great way to reduce costs in the Trent Barton bus area, It reduces the price for the Zig-Zag tickets. Just apply for card on line , it is free! and it is sent through the post. Nice way to spend a day out by bus for us inbetweeners (no bus pass yet)
  No concessionary travel in England if you live in Scotland
Rosalind Gordon-February 10, 2014
Recommend? Yes
Details:
I have daughters in the London area so visit from Scotland regularly. Although I linked my Oyster card to my Senior Rail card I spent more on travel in London than my return rail fare from Aberdeen to London. Scottish bus pass is not valid there.
  The bus pass
joan crnekovic-February 5, 2014
Recommend? Yes
Details:
I still work i am nearly 60. i think that they should charge us about 50 pounds a year because after all we have paid into the pot for years. In my case i started working when i was 15 so i think this would be fair and i would be willing to do that, but also in return i would expect the buses to be on time as where i live this is very rarely the case.
  Bus Passes
Donald Hale-February 5, 2014
Recommend? Yes
Details:
i have bus pass i do not use it a lot but we should keep our passes. it is not a benefit, i have worked for 50 years for mine and i am due to it.
  Bus Passes
John Smith-February 5, 2014
Recommend? Yes
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The Bus Pass Scheme should continue, but only for those who are eligible for the State pension. It may be more economic to charge a 'one off' administrative charge.
  Bus Passes
-February 4, 2014
Recommend? Yes
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I agree that bus passes should not be available until you receive state pension. Many people are still working at 60
  Senior Bus Card
Richard Piper-February 4, 2014
Recommend? Yes
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I am one of those caught by the rising age eligibility for a free Bus Pass. Although I have turned 60 I will not get my bus pass until 4 days before I am 65. As I must be one of an increasing group of people who fall into this trap I am surprised that the bus companies in my area do not offer a Senior Bus Card for discounted travel at off peak times akin to the Senior Rail Card. Alternatively could we not be offered a free (or discounted) Bus Pass for an annual fee? There must be a market for those of us who would find it easier on occasions to take a bus than our car. I am fortunate to live near a train station and consequently can catch a train to my local town for less than the cost of a bus ticket.
  Bus pass and Oyster
Prabhu Shah-April 4, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
L R Robinson wrote "I found that if you take your bus pass to a ticket office you are able to link this to your Oyster Card and receive a discount when 'swiping' at London Underground and overground Rail Stations." Is this mentioned anywhere on TFL website, or can anyone give more details of how this works?
  National Coaches
Christopher Robson-March 7, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
National Coaches do a annual discount card that costs £10.00 plus £1.99 postage that gives 1/3 off normal price for anyone who travels distances regularly this is well worth it
  Keep our Bus Passes
Irene Field-February 8, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
For many years we have rambled with our local walking club using our free bus passes. The bus pass is not valid in Wales (see below) but we have travelled to many English counties absolutely gratis. Cannot put into words the enjoyment we've experienced with like minded friendly people. We know we are privileged so do hope the Government will not rescind these. Have spoken to one of our local Councillors who believe they are safe until 2015 (next election)? Many seniors do not have a car or have to give up driving for various reasons, so we must all voice our opinion to ensure we keep our valuable passes which enable us to get out and enjoy our hard earned retirement.
  Bus Pass and Oyster
L R Robinson-January 26, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
I live in Somerset and have a National Bus Pass which I've used all over the England. I have a Senior Railcard which I purchase annually (last year half price with Tesco vouchers) I have an Oyster card for visiting London. I found that if you take your bus pass to a ticket office you are able to link this to your Oyster Card and receive a discount when 'swiping' at London Underground and overground Rail Stations. Don't do as I did once and leave your Oyster card and Bus Pass together as I used my Oyster card on the bus by mistake!
A question please, is the bus pass valid in Wales? (I haven't got round to trying it.)

Answer (Seniors Discounts): It is only valid with in England.
  Bus Pass issue
Sandra Keeble-January 25, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
As I understand it, "They" have changed the rules so that a bus pass will not be issued now until a person reaches pension age (ie receives their State Pension). Now my husband and I have both received ours, we use them regularly, saving parking costs if we just need to pop into town. We've used them on Park and Rides all over the country too.
  Bus Passes
John Miles-January 25, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
In answer to Nigel Needham, the 0ver 60 rail cards are not free, but you can apply for one from your local council, which gives you 1/3 off rail fares, but they cost an average of £24 - that is why it is different to the bus pass which is issued free when you reach qualifying age.
  London Bus Pass
Christopher Johnson-January 25, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
In answer to the post from Michael Miles dd 08-01-2013 -- I also hold a Kent bus pass and yes you can use it on buses in London for free travel around the city.
  I love my bus pass
sheila burke-January 24, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
As I approached 60 thought I would not use a bus pass, liked driving or being driven. Now I have one, I use it everywhere I can, so much easier than driving and saves me money. Very useful when away where it can be used on local transport. A very useful benefit for the over 60s
  Eligible older people are entitled to free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.
Carolyn Gyseman-January 24, 2013
Recommend? No
Details:
Not sure I understand this, this was what I believed until I got on a bus, whilst away, in Suffolk, the park and ride one from Tesco just off the A12 to go into Ipswich and I had to pay! So is it just some routes that are free and some you have to pay for? Maybe it was because it was a park and ride but it was still a bus?
  Unfair Bus Pass ruling
I Ads-January 22, 2013
Recommend? No
Details:
Yes, I too had my Bus Pass deferred as I was born in 1951. So annoyiny as having worked all my life and always thought I would be able to travel by bus and get some healthy walking into my lifestyle, only to find that I still have to use a car ( curently finacially more cost effective). My 'older' women friends all have Bus Passes which leaves me at home as parking is so expensive. Really not fair, especially as it is only women's pensions that are subject to this. So much for equal treatment.
  QUERY ON BUS PASSES
NIGEL NEEDHAM-January 15, 2013
Recommend? Yes
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I read with interest about free bus passes for the over 60s in England, as I was born in March 1952 I should be supplied with one, not according to Christchurch civic offices. I will have to wait untill 2014 before i can be issued with one. I do indeed have a Senior Rail Card which is issued to you if you are 60 and over. I am a little baffled by this and where possible will be using British Rail instead of buses untill i recieve one.
  Disappointed Expectations!
Akasha Gloster-Smith-January 10, 2013
Recommend? No
Details:
I got all excited for a moment thinking that something had changed with regard to the bus pass but it hasn't and I still can't get mine unti 2014 (unless the Gov. moves the goal posts again, and if they do I'm sure it won't be in the favour of seniors that's for sure)
  rules in scotland different
James Kamaris-January 10, 2013
Recommend? Yes
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I use this frequently and is great. Hope this continues, as it helps very much. I do have too book some buses but for 50p it is worth it.
  London bus pass
Michael Miles-January 8, 2013
Recommend? Yes
Details:
Very useful benefit. I only use the car now for long journeys so reducing pollution and traffic. My buspass is for Kent. anyone know if it covers London buses or perhaps the Oyster card?

Answer (Seniors Discounts): To get a 60+ London Oyster card you must live in a London borough.
  Rules for bus passes are a little different in Wales
Lin Zerouali-January 2, 2013
Recommend? No
Details:
In Wales the qualifying factor for a bus pass is age. It is not tied in to pensions. When you reach 60 years of age a bus pass is available upon production of photo I.D. Unlike England, where you have to use your bus pass off-peak, in Wales travel can take place at any time of day. It's very good if you are still working and use public transport. Also, if you take the trouble to look up maps and bus links you can actually travel all over Wales with a back pack I'm told, on relatively short journeys. The pass works for most of the bus companies in Wales, there are few exceptions to this.
  Off-Peak Bus Travel
Peter Ramsay-December 4, 2012
Recommend? Yes
Details:
Very ideal for aged people like me. I like the off-peak travel.
  Bus Pass Scheme
-December 4, 2012
Recommend? Yes
Details:
The National Bus Pass scheme is a good idea. Not all countries offer such as service, so lets hope the politicians keep it available to all seniors in the UK.
  Great Initiative
Daniel Wilson-November 29, 2012
Recommend? Yes
Details:
Free off-peak bus travel anywhere in England is a great initiative for anyone of state pension age. It's a concession that should remain available as it reduces social isolation and is greatly needed by the majority of older people.
  A huge help for people like me
-November 14, 2012
Recommend? Yes
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Using the free off-peak bus pass has been very useful for older people like me. It has also encouraged me to get healthy because I can walk more often.
  Appreciated by Us Seniors
AW Mumby-November 10, 2012
Recommend? Yes
Details:
With today’s economy and for older people like me, a free “anything” is a big help. I really appreciate free bus travel. If you want to get a bus pass, just call your local council in your area. The free bus service has been a great help and a great way to save money.
  Keep the bus pass free
Christine Sullivan-November 9, 2012
Recommend? Yes
Details:
Very helpful initiative for seniors. I hope the government keeps the current age for the bus pass as it’s needed to help reduce social isolation. Also, when I’m out and about I spend money so it must be good for the economy.
  Cheaper way to reach our loved ones
Eric Adams-November 8, 2012
Recommend? Yes
Details:
I have 2 children and they have their own families. My wife and I always visit our granddaughter and grandson every other day. That has been our routine for many years after retiring from work. It’s safe and we also save money!
  Safe and great way to save money on travel
Harry Alder-November 7, 2012
Recommend? Yes
Details:
I make the most of my free bus pass. I live in Southwark and every Sunday I visit my granddaughter in Croydon. It’s a big help for a 79 year old like me who wants to see his family.