Bus pass applications - apply for an older person's bus pass

Bus pass - older person's bus pass

If you were born before 6 April 1950, you are eligible for an older person's bus pass. Whether you are male or female, you will now become eligible when you reach the state pension age for women. You can also be eligible through disability, or if certain medical conditions mean that you are unable to drive.

You may also be eligible for a companion pass, which allows a companion to travel with you free if you are unable to use public transport alone.

A bus pass lets you board a bus at any time in Central Bedfordshire and travel free as far as that bus goes. If that bus takes you outside of Central Bedfordshire, you may not be able to return free until after 9.30am on weekdays. Those who wish to travel for free into the Bedford Borough area can only board after 9.30am.

Routes must be registered as 'local services', which is a legal definition covering most buses and some coaches running to a fixed timetable (for example, Green Line 757, Stagecoach X5 or Stagecoach 99).

Most long-distance coaches and excursions, tours or school services are excluded, although some coach operators (e.g. National Express) operate concessionary half-fare schemes on scheduled coach services. Concessions may not be valid on every day of the week, or on every route, so check when booking your ticket.

There are also some concessions for Rail travel.

Under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme you can also travel at off-peak times - 9.30am to 11.30pm on Mondays to Fridays and all day Saturdays and Sundays, anywhere in England but not in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

You can apply for a bus pass here (PDF 114.1KB) .

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