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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 is available to anyone aged 60 or over. It costs £28 for 1 year or £65 for 3 years and allows you to save one-third of the cost of most rail fares in Great Britain.
There may be other offers for cardholders such as reduced-price membership for art or food societies - see the Senior Railcard website for details.
The leaflet ‘Senior Railcard’ includes more details and an application form; it is available from railway stations or the network of rail-appointed travel agents. Or you can buy a Senior Railcard online on the Senior Railcard website.
The Disabled Persons Railcard costs £20 for a year (or £54 for three years) and it allows you to save one-third of the costs of most rail fares in Great Britain. If you're travelling with a companion, they are entitled to the same reduced rate.
The leaflet 'Rail travel made easy' includes more details and an application form and is available from most staffed railway stations. Or buy a Disabled Persons 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.
Public transport and concessions factsheet (PDF 175 KB)
Driving and parking (PDF 207 KB)
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Visit the Senior Railcard website to check if you're eligible for a senior railcard and to apply.
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