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

Bus pass based on age

Free bus travel


If you’re of the now equalised state pension age for both men and women you are eligible for an older person’s bus pass.

Check your state pension age on GOV.UK

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 make an onward journey or return for free until after 9:30am on weekdays.

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.