Public and local transport

Bus, coach and train fares

There are special rates for bus, coach and train travel for eligible older people and people with disabilities.

Bus passes are available to:

  • people of State Pension age in England 
  • people aged over 60 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 
  • eligible disabled people. 

Bus passes give you a reduced price or often free travel on local buses. For details, contact your local authority or ask at your local bus or coach station.

You may also be able to save up to a third on rail fares with a Disabled Person’s Railcard or a Senior Railcard (for people over 60). Check at your local train station for details, or visit National Rail.

For more information, visit or contact a welfare rights adviser.

If you are over pension age, you can get an older person’s concessionary pass. This allows you to travel free on buses and some other local public transport. There is also a Disabled Person’s Concessionary Pass for people who have a severe disability, and there may be local support towards taxi costs. Contact your local authority for details and to apply.

Local transport

There may be community transport services available in your area for people who have problems using public transport.

For example, there might be services providing trips to local shopping centres.

Some areas have local voluntary groups called good neighbour schemes. They provide practical help to people who need it.

This often includes help with transport to hospital or your GP.

The British Red Cross can provide personal transport services across the UK. This includes providing a companion for a journey on public transport, or a private car with a driver. A contribution towards costs is usually asked for, but no one will be refused a service because they can’t pay.

In Wales, St John Wales can provide transport for people who have difficulty using public transport or their own vehicle.

Visit or call 0292 044 9600.

Other local services include dial-a-ride (wheelchair accessible transport, which can be booked to take you from door to door) and reduced-fare taxi schemes.

Shopmobility schemes provide wheelchairs and scooters for disabled people to help them get around town and shopping centres. Visit or call 0844 414 1850.

Local councils must also offer people with a disability free off-peak bus travel on local bus services. Contact your local council for details of transport services available to people with a disability in your area.

Taxi fare schemes

Reduced taxi fare schemes are available in some locations. Contact your local authority for more information.

London Taxicard Scheme

This scheme provides subsidised door-to-door transport for people who have problems using public transport due to serious mobility problems. Taxicard holders can make journeys in licensed London taxis and the subsidy applies directly to each trip.

For more information and an application form, visit or call 0845 415 4156.

In Northern Ireland

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The Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme can help with parking costs if you have severe mobility problems.