How can I apply for a bus pass or a rail card?

Bus travel

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

  • In England or Wales, contact your local council.
  • In Scotland, you can get a National Entitlement Card that entitles you to free standard class travel on all rail, local bus, ferry and long distance services in Scotland, and the Glasgow underground, too. Contact your Local Authority or Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to apply for your National Entitlement Card.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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