Concessionary passes

Concessionary travel

Get around for free by bus, train or tram

The English National Concessionary Pass gives older and disabled people free travel by bus anywhere in England during 'off-peak' times. Residents of the West Midlands are also entitled to free train and Metro travel. The older persons pass and the disabled persons pass are now available to apply, replace and renew online. 

Off-peak: Between 9.30am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday. All day at weekends and on public holidays. 

In addition we’ve extended off-peak hours to include the last services of the day. For 24-hour services, end of daytime service will be defined as 11.59pm.

Train travel is a great added benefit. You can use your pass in standard class anywhere in the Blue Zone on this map.

Conditions of use.  

Unlimited use

If you need to travel before 9.30am you can pay for your journey each time you travel. Using a Swift Pay As You Go card (the West Midland's transport smartcard) makes cash fares cheaper - and you don't need to worry about having the right change. 

If you travel regularly before 9.30am, you can buy a pre 9.30am add-on ticket.

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Your council may be able to offer you help towards the cost of your pre 9.30am ticket. Contact your local Social Services Department to find out more. 

Hospital travel costs scheme

You may be able to get financial help towards pre 9.30am travel costs if you need NHS treatment at a hospital, other NHS centre or private clinic and have been referred by an NHS hospital consultant. You can claim at the NHS hospital or clinic at the time of your appointment.

Aged 18 and under?

A pre 09:30 enhancement will be added to the concessionary card of eligible applicants aged 5-15 and those aged 16-18 in full time education. The enhancement is valid until the 31 August of the academic year the applicant turns 18. This will allow for bus travel before 09.30am during school term time only. It is your responsibility to inform us if you are no longer in full time education.

Which pass is for you? 

Choose from the two options below to see if you're eligible, make an application, or replace or renew an existing card. 

Older person's pass

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Disabled person's pass

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Travelling by coach?

If you're over 60 you can save a 1/3 on standard fares with the National Express Senior Coachcard. 

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Need to travel before 9.30am?

If you need to make the occasional journey before 09.30am, Swift Pay As You Go is cheaper than paying with cash. 

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Swift Pay As You Go

If you pay cash fares to travel, PAYG is the smarter and cheaper way to travel by bus and tram in the West Midlands.

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