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Free Concessionary Bus Passes

Residents of Gloucestershire who are of pensionable age, or residents who are disabled and/or cannot drive for medical reasons, are entitled to free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.

Who can apply for a concessionary bus pass?

People of pensionable age

You qualify for a concessionary bus pass when you reach the pensionable age applicable to a woman, irrespective of whether you are male or female.

Calculate your State Pension Age.

To use the calculator, select 'female' (even if you are male) and enter your date of birth.

You may apply up to 28 days before you become entitled to use your pass.

People who are disabled and/or cannot drive for medical reasons

You're eligible for a disability-related pass if you:

  • are blind or partially sighted
  • are profoundly or severely deaf
  • are without speech
  • have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long-term effect on your ability to walk
  • don't have arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms
  • have a learning disability

You're also eligible if your application for a driving licence would be refused under section 92 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (physical fitness). However, you won't be eligible if you were refused because of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol.

If you are unable to travel alone due to your disability you may be eligible for a companion bus pass. This will allow you to be accompanied by any person over 16 years of age, free of charge.

How do I apply?

Age-related pass

There is no paper application for an age related bus pass

  • The most straightforward method is to apply for your pass online
    Please note: you will need a digital photograph of yourself to apply online.
    This must be recent, colour, full face, and without glasses (unless you are blind) and without a hat.
  • Apply at any of Gloucestershire's participating libraries
  • Apply at Wotton-under-Edge One Stop Shop

You must take a suitable proof of age and address with you to apply in person.
adobe_acrobat icon List of suitable proofs of age and address [24kb]

Disability-related pass

Please apply using your free bus travel pack; visit Applying for a disability related bus pass to find out more.

What happens next?

If your application is successful your pass should arrive by post within 7 - 21 days.  Please note that if you have sent us your disability-related pass application by post, it may take a few days longer to process.

Where, when and how can I use it?

adobe_acrobat icon Conditions of Issue and Use of Gloucestershire Concessionary Bus Passes [113kb]

adobe_acrobat icon Free travel before 9.30am on infrequent services - updated January 2015 [50kb]

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The answer to your questions may be found by reading our Concessionary Bus Pass Frequently Asked Questions

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and to this end may use the information you provide in your application for the prevention and detection of fraud.  It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.  For further information see