Apply for a bus pass

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.

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 AgeOpens new window.

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.

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, without glasses (unless you are blind) and without a hat.

You can also apply

You must take a suitable proof of age and address with you to apply in person.
List of suitable proofs of age and address

Disability-related pass

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

From 1 April 2016 the return fare for concessionary pass holders travelling from a Park & Ride site is £1.

The £1 fare applies to any return journey to or from Park & Ride sites at Arle Court, the Racecourse or Waterwells on production of a valid English National Concessionary Travel Pass after 9.30am on weekdays and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1 April 2016. (Please note that at Arle Court the operator will issue 50p singles in each direction.)

Prior to 9.30am on weekdays the full adult fare will still apply.

This charge has been introduced by Gloucestershire County Council in line with Government guidance and is used to help meet the operational costs of council funded public transport services.

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.

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


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