What is a Freedom Pass?

A Freedom Pass allows those who meet the age criteria and eligible disabled people who are resident in a London borough to concessionary travel on London's public transport network. The pass is paid for by your local London Borough council - for details of how to apply visit the Freedom Pass website

Unlimited free travel is permitted on Tube, DLR, Buses, Elizabeth line, London Overground and London Trams; and are detailed below.


From Monday 15 June 2020, the time that Older Person's Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster card holders can travel free on weekday mornings will change.

Free travel on TfL services will not be permitted before 09:00 Mondays to Fridays.

This change will help reduce customers' risk of exposure to Coronavirus.  It will also help reduce demand at Peak times on TfL services, creating more space for social distancing.

National Rail services with inter-available routes that would normally allow Older Person's Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster before 09:00, will also be affected by this change to the Conditions of the Passes:

Inter-available routes

  • Amersham and London Marylebone (Chiltern Railways)
  • Finsbury Park and London Kings Cross / Moorgate (Great Northern)
  • West Hampstead Thameslink and London Bridge / Elephant & Castle - (Thameslink)
  • London Liverpool Street and Seven Sisters / Tottenham Hale / Walthamstow Central (but not at intermediate stations) (Greater Anglia)
  • Stratford (London) and London Liverpool Street (Greater Anglia)
  • Upminster and London Fenchurch Street or London Liverpool Street (via Barking) (c2c)
  • West Ruislip and South Ruislip (Chiltern Railways)

Where can a Freedom Pass be used on National Rail services?

This map shows where a Freedom Pass can be used. More information relating to the use of Freedom pass on National Rail services can be found on the Freedom Pass website.

On the following Train Company services, Freedom Passes are valid any time at weekends and on public holidays. On Monday to Friday, free travel is only permitted at the following times:

  • c2c: At any time on all services between London Fenchurch Street and Upminster and from 09:30 on services between Rainham and Barking. 
  • Chiltern Railways: From 09:30 plus valid any time on all services between Amersham and Marylebone and between West Ruislip and South Ruislip.
  • Gatwick Express: From 09:30 between London Victoria and the boundary of Zone 6. An extension ticket must be held between Boundary Zone 6 and Gatwick Airport
  • Great Northern: From 09:30 plus valid any time on all services between Finsbury Park and Kings Cross/Moorgate.
  • Great Western Railway: From 09:30 on all services. 
  • Greater Anglia: From 09:30 plus valid any time on all services between Stratford and London Liverpool Street.
  • London Overground: At any time on all services. 
  • Southeastern: From 09:30 plus valid any time on all services between Elephant & Castle and London Blackfriars. 
  • Southern: From 09:30 plus valid on services between Clapham Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone at any time for Disabled Persons Freedom Pass holders and from 09:00 for Older Persons Freedom Pass holders. 
  • South Western Railway: From 09:30 on all services. 
  • Thameslink From 09:30 plus valid any time on all services between West Hampstead Thameslink and Elephant & Castle/London Bridge.

Where Freedom Passes cannot be used

Free travel is not available:

Freedom Passes are not valid for travel in First Class accommodation.


Travelling Outside London (Boundary Zone 6)

For travel beyond the Freedom Pass area you must buy a separate extension ticket before you travel. Please show your Freedom Pass at the ticket office when buying tickets, and ask for a "Boundary Zone 6 fare" to the station you are travelling to.

Travelling with Children?

If you are travelling on London Overground, London Underground or DLR services after 09:30 Mondays-Fridays (or at anytime at weekend or on public holidays) you can take up to four under-11s with you for free.

How do I use my Freedom Pass?

You must touch your pass flat on the yellow card reader at the gates at the beginning and end of your journey.

More Information

More information is available from the Freedom Pass website.

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Last updated:   23 May 2022