Some local authorities or councils offer schemes that let eligible residents, for example those who are elderly or disabled, use public and community transport services at a discounted rate or for free
About concessionary travel
As well as being available for disabled or elderly residents, there are some concessionary travel schemes for other groups, such as young people, job seekers or veterans. Eligible residents will often be provided with a bus pass but in some areas this can also be used for rail travel.
You can find more information on selected concessionary travel schemes below.
Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card
If you are claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit, you may be entitled to a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card. This entitles you to a 50% discount on selected rail tickets.
The card is provided to those claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for 3 to 9 months (for 18 to 24 year olds) or 3 to 12 months (for over 25s). You can apply through your Work Coach or local Jobcentre Plus. Other benefit recipients may receive a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card from 3 months of their claim and if they are actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser.
Veterans Oyster photocard (London)
If you served in the armed forces, this card allows you to travel for free within London on Transport for London services and most National Rail services. Find out more about the Veterans Oyster photocard, including eligibility, benefits and how to apply.
60+ Oyster photocard (London)
If you are 60 or over and live in a London borough, this card allows you to travel for free within London on Transport for London services and most National Rail services. Find out more about the 60+ Oyster photocard, including eligibility, benefits and how to apply.
Freedom Pass (London)
If you are 66 or over and live in London borough, or have a disability and live in London, this pass allows you to travel for free or get discounts on a range of transport services across London, including most National Rail services. Find out more about the Freedom Pass, including eligibility and how to use the pass.
National Entitlement Card (Scotland)
The NEC can be used to access free, discounted and concessionary travel on public transport in Scotland for young people, disabled people (including blind and partially sighted people), and people aged 60 and over. Find out more about the National Entitlement Card, including where you can use it and how to apply.
Other concessionary travel schemes
For all other concessionary travel schemes, you can contact your local council office to see if you qualify, and for information on the areas and modes of transport that are included.