Fares to hospital for treatment
If you have to travel to hospital for treatment, you may be able to claim a refund on your bus or train fares, petrol costs or, in exceptional circumstances, taxi fares.
You can only do this if the following conditions apply:
If you need someone to travel with you to hospital for medical reasons, you can get their travel costs paid for as well.
If you’re not receiving any of the above benefits, but are on a low income, see details of the Low Income Scheme. This may be another way to get help with your travel fares.
How to claim
You can usually get your refund at the hospital – check what you have to do before you travel. You’ll need to bring proof that you receive one of the benefits listed above, such as your benefit award letter. You’ll also need to bring proof of your travel costs, for example tickets or receipts.
Some voluntary organisations have drivers who can give people lifts to hospital and other destinations. Check at your local library for details of voluntary organisations in your area.
In Northern Ireland
Visit nidirect.gov.uk for information on hospital travel costs.