Can I get any travel discounts or cheaper fares?

If you are registered as blind or partially sighted you are entitled to either free or discounted travel.

Bus travel

  • If you live in England or Wales, contact your local council for a free bus pass.
  • If you live in Scotland, you can get a National Entitlement Card that allows you free travel on local buses, Transport Scotland provides further information and advice on how to apply. The card also covers train, ferry, underground and tram travel within Scotland.
  • If you live in Northern Ireland, you can get a SmartPass that entitles you to half-priced or even free travel on nearly all scheduled bus and rail services. If you register your sight loss, you should be given the form automatically, or you can contact your Health and Social Services Trust.
  • If you live in Greater London, you may be entitled to a Freedom Pass that entitles you to free travel on all underground, overground, bus and tram services.

Train travel

  • If you live in EnglandWales or Scotland a Disabled Persons Railcard entitles you to a third off advance, off-peak and anytime train fares. If you travel with a companion, they get the same discount. While the Railcard doesn't offer discounts on child fares, it will allow one person travelling with the cardholder to get 1/3 off most rail fares. Fill out a form at your local train station or complete a form on the Disabled Persons Railcard website.
  • If you live in Scotland you can get a National Entitlement Card for free travel, if the card has an eye symbol you can travel free of charge on all standard class train services, by all operators, between stations within Scotland and as far as Carlisle and Berwick upon Tweed.  However companions are NOT included in this scheme. The card also covers local buses, ferry, underground and tram travel within Scotland, Transport Scotland provides further information and advice on how to apply.
  • If you live in Northern Ireland, you can get a SmartPass that entitles you to half-priced or even free travel on nearly all scheduled bus and rail services. You can also get a Disabled Persons Railcard for when you travel in Great Britain. If you register your sight loss, you should be given the form automatically, or you can contact your Health and Social Services Trust.
  • Regardless of where you live, you can also ask for assistance at railway stations to help you get about the station and on and off your train.

 Cars and taxis

Cars - Blue badge parking scheme 

Taxis

  • London Taxicard gives you subsidised taxi travel around London
  • Some Scottish councils administer their own taxi card for cheaper taxi travel, contact your Local Authority for more details.

Further information on available discounts and cheaper fares can be found on our Leisure and travel concessions web page.

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