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Free bus pass age: How to check when you can travel for free as state pension age rises


From doing the weekly shop to seeing loved ones, free bus travel can be hugely important for enabling a person to go about daily life. However, the age when people qualify for their free bus pass varies across the UK.

It meant there were increases to the state pension age for women, and state pension age parity of 65 for men and women was reached in November 2018.

Since then there have been further state pension age changes, and more are planned for the future.

Despite this rule, there are parts of England where residents can still access some free bus travel.

If a person lives in London, for instance, they can travel free on buses, tubes and other transport when they’re 60 – but only within London.


In Wales, meanwhile, it’s possible to get a bus pass when a person reaches 60.

A postcode checker on the Government website enables people in Wales and England to be directed to the application process.

The same tool can be used to see if a free bus pass can be applied for sooner than the female state pension age.

GOV.UK states: “Enter your postcode to:

  • Apply for a bus pass from your local council
  • Check if you can get one sooner.”

How to check state pension age

The timetable of state pension age changes is available on the Government website.

It’s also possible to check a person’s state pension age online via the GOV.UK website.

The tool can be used to see when a person will reach state pension age, as well as Pension Credit qualifying age and free bus travel eligibility.


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