Concessionary bus passes

Free or reduced fare travel passes are available to people of pension age and over, some disabled people and children aged under 16 years old.

Below are the different types of passes, including who they apply to. Please request the pass that applies to you.

National concessionary travel pass for people aged over 60 years old

The pension age is changing, so people born on or after 6 April 1950 will be older than 60 when they can get their travel pass. You can apply for this pass when you reach pension age. The pass allows you to travel for free on local buses anywhere in England between 9.30am and 11.00pm from Monday to Friday, and all day at weekend and bank holidays.

Before 9.30am, you pay the standard concessionary fare in Greater Manchester and the full adult fare outside of Greater Manchester.

Trains and Metrolink
If you live in Greater Manchester, you can use your pass to travel free after 9.30am within the Greater Manchester area. Please note: you cannot use your pass on trains and the Metrolink outside of Greater Manchester.

National concessionary travel pass for disabled people

You may be able to apply for free travel on local buses anywhere in England between 9.30am and 11.00pm from Monday to Friday, and all day weekends and bank holidays. If you visit another part of England you can use your pass to travel on local buses in that area.

You may be eligible for the pass if you:

  • Have severe walking difficulties
  • Are registered partially sighted
  • Are profoundly or severely deaf
  • Have been or would be refused a driving licence for medical reasons

Some disabled people may be eligible for a concession plus pass which give you free travel on public transport at all times within Greater Manchester.

You may be eligible for this pass if you:

  • Are registered blind
  • Are profoundly deaf and cannot speak or have limited speech that is difficult to understand
  • Have learning disabilities
  • Cannot use both of your arms
  • Cannot talk
  • Are an ex-serviceman or ex-servicewoman with serious walking difficulties as a result of losing a leg
  • Would be refused a driving licence as a result of severe and long-term mental health problems

Low fares and free travel for people under 16

Children aged 5 to 15 years

If you are aged 5 to 15 years you pay the concessionary fare on all buses, trains and Metrolink trams in Greater Manchester. The concessionary fare is the same no matter how far you travel but the price is different for buses, trains and Metrolink trams.

Children under 5

Children under 5 years, who are travelling with an adult, can travel free on buses and Metrolink trams in Greater Manchester. Up to two children under 5 years may travel for free with each fare-paying adult on trains.

For further information on terms and conditions of use on all passes, including boundary areas visit Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM).

Application forms can be obtained by contacting:

Telephone: 0161 244 1050

Face to face at your local Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) Travel shop.

By post by writing to:
2 Picadilly Place
Manchester
M1 3BG

Renewing your travel pass or permit

Transport for Greater Manchester record when your pass or permit is due for renewal and will send you an application form to renew it.

If you are unable to travel by bus you may be entitled to travel vouchers which provide cheaper taxi travel - for more information please see the TFGM website.

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