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 povides 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, and bus and tram services.
  • Regardless of where you live, you can also ask for assistance at railway stations to help you get about the station and get on and off your train.

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 between stations within Scotland and as far as Carlisle and Berwick upon Tweed, by all operators.  However companions are NOT included in this scheme. The card also covers local buses, ferry, underground and tram travel within Scotland Transport Scotland povides 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.

 Cars and taxis

Full details can be found on our Cheaper travel webpage.

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