State pensioners can claim both free and discounted travel – full list of what’s available | Personal Finance | Finance


Some of the travel entitlements could provide someone discounts on their fares, while others allow people to travel for free. People in England may be able to travel on local buses for free from 60 years, depending on where they live. For example, if a person lives in London, they can travel free on buses, tubes and other public transport with a Freedom Pass when they reach 60. However, this can only be within the city.

Pensioners in Liverpool can also apply for the Merseytravel Over 60s travel pass which gives free travel on all buses, trains and Mersey Ferries river crossings for anyone aged 60.

Those living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can also enjoy a bus pas freebie.

Pensioners are urged to check with their local authority to see what they could be entitled to as the criteria for eligibility can differ depending on the council.

Britons who have reached the state pension age of 66 years, are eligible to claim a free bus pass from the Government and can apply for this through the Government’s website.

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Britons over 60 years are also able to purchase a Senior Railcard which gives people a third off the cost of their train travel.

People can either buy them to last for one year or three years and it costs £30 or £70 respectively.

People can apply for one on the Senior Railcard website using a valid passport or UK driving licence as ID. People can also apply in person at a staffed railway station.

Older Britons who have disabilities may also claim a free bus pass as well as discounted travel.


There’s no central provider of the disabled person’s bus pass so people will need to get in touch with their local council to find out what options are available for them. 

In order to be eligible for a disabled person’s bus pass people will usually have to be deaf or unable to speak or be unable to walk very far because of disability, illness or injury.

People who have severe learning disabilities and who have limited function of use, or do not have, their arms may be able to claim a free bus pass.

Those who have a disability and meet certain criteria may also be allowed to get a Disabled Person’s Railcard which is priced at £20 for one year or £54 for three. 

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Those who claim disability support benefits such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Attendance Allowance, or Severe Disablement Allowance are able to claim one.

It is also available to those who are deaf, use a hearing aid, are registered as having a visual impairment or have epilepsy.

Britons who receive a War Pensioner’s mobility supplement and a War or Service Disablement pension are also eligible.

The charity Age UK recommends people contact individual operators to see if they offer discounts.

For example, National Express offers Coachcards to older or disabled customers, which cost £12.50 and give someone a third off their travel across the year.

If someone is disabled, can’t use public transport, and doesn’t have access to a car, then they may also be able to access a community transport scheme.

These are usually run by local councils and often include things such as a social car, dial-a-ride, or taxi card scheme.

Some councils can also offer shopmobility schemes which help people shop in town centres by lending out wheelchairs and scooters.


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