If you're of pension age or disabled, there may be practical and financial assistance available on public transport that can help you to lead an active and independent life.
Older and disabled people are entitled to a free bus pass and a minimum concession of free off-peak travel on a local bus anywhere in England. If you're a woman, the age of eligibility for concessionary travel is your State Pension age.
If you're a man, it's the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day. For more information and how to apply, contact your local authority. For more information about State Pension, see our factsheet State Pension (PDF 340KB).
The Senior Railcard and Disabled Persons Railcard are annual savings cards that can be purchased for a one-off cost that allow you to make big savings on most rail fares in the UK.
The Senior Railcard is available to anyone aged 60 or over. You can:
Visit the Senior Railcard website for the latest prices and more details on any other offers cardholders could be entitled to, such as reduced-price membership for art or food societies.
The Disabled Persons Railcard allows you and your travelling companion to make big savings on most rail fares in the UK.
You may qualify for the railcard if you:
The leaflet 'Rail travel made easy' includes more details and an application form and is available from most staffed railway stations. You can also buy the railcard online on the Disabled Persons Railcard website.
There is no national concessionary scheme at present, but ask your coach operator if they offer any discounts.
For example, National Express offers a Senior Coachcard for people who are 60 or over. It costs £10 and offers 1/3 off your travel throughout the year.
A similar card called Disabled Coachcard is available for people with a disability.
If you're disabled, can't use ordinary public transport, and don't have access to a car, there are community transport schemes you may be able to use such as social cars, dial-a-ride, or taxicard schemes.
Shopmobility schemes help people shop in town centres by lending wheelchairs and scooters. Contact your local council or your local Age UK to find out about available services.
Set your location to see what Age UK offers in your local area.
Visit the Senior Railcard website to check if you're eligible for a senior railcard and to apply.
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