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Bus passes - older or disabled people

The English National scheme allows free off-peak travel (from 9.30 weekdays) on all local bus services anywhere in England for people with eligible disabilities, and for older people.

Application and renewal

For information on how to apply for a free new national pass or companion pass (or a replacement pass, if you've lost your original - for which a charge is made), please telephone 01392 383688 or visit English National Bus Pass - Devon County Council.


Anyone born on or before 5 April 1950 and resident in England is eligible for a national bus pass from their 60th birthday.

However from Tuesday 6 April 2010, for anyone born after 5 April 1950, the age of eligibility for a bus pass for women will be the pension age, and for men it will be the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day. 

The government is gradually increasing the state pension age for women from 60 to 65.  This means that by 6th April 2020 both the pension age and the age of eligibility for a bus pass will be the same for both men and women.

If you are a Devon resident with a severe disability, you may be eligible for a Devon County Council Companion Pass, so that a companion can travel with you free on the bus.

For further information on eligibility, visit English National Bus Pass - Devon County Council.

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