Free bus pass age: How to check when you can travel for free amid state pension age rises

Free bus pass age: How to check when you can travel for free amid state pension age rises

From the environmental considerations to the financial aspects, travelling by bus is something many will look to do, and a free bus pass is welcomed by many. However, the rules surrounding applying for an older person’s bus pass differ across the country.

Those who live in England for instance, follow different rules to those in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

People who reside in England can get a bus pass for free travel when they reach the female state pension age.

This is whether they’re a man or a woman.

In the past, the state pension age for men was 65 while it was 60 for women, however the latter has risen to be in line with men in recent years.

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And now, the state pension age is rising for both men and women.

It’s set to reach 66 in October 2020 ahead of further increases.

That said, in some areas of England, people may be able to travel for free on forms of public transport in the area.

People who live in London, for instance, can travel for free on buses, tubes and other transport when they’re 60 – but only within London.


Meanwhile, in Wales, it’s possible to get a bus pass when one reaches the age of 60.

The government website hosts a tool which can be used to check to see whether a person can get a free bus pass sooner.

The service also directs a person to apply for a bus pass from their local council, should they be eligible.

It can be found on the “Apply for an older person’s bus pass” section of

It’s the same age for those who live in Northern Ireland too.

People who live in these countries are directed to Transport for Scotland and NI Direct in order to apply.

With state pension age rising, some may want to check what their state pension is – as well as when they will reach it.

This can be done via the’s “Check your State Pension age” tool.

Published at Sun, 28 Jun 2020 13:52:00 +0000