Important changes to concessionary travel in Greater Manchester

Page updated 5 January 2012

Thank you for visiting our interactive concessionary fares guide. This page is being regularly updated to include the latest information available.

Concessionary travel on buses, trains and Metrolink trams in Greater Manchester has changed. To make it easier for you to find out how the changes affect you we have produced the interactive guide below. Just click on the section that applies to you.

Click here to view the frequently asked questions.

The following operators have provided detailed fare information on their websites. Click on the links to find out more. The links will also tell you how you can save money by choosing the type of ticket that best suits you:

www.arrivabus.co.uk/ticket-types/

www.finglands.co.uk/content/busservices/discounttickets.aspx

www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/greater_manchester/tickets/

www.jptbuses.co.uk/fares

www.maytreetravel.co.uk/Ticket-Guide/50/

www.rossendalebus.co.uk/Fares/

www.southlancs.com/Fares.html

www.stagecoachbus.com/Manchester-tic.aspx

I am a Greater Manchester resident aged over 60 and have a National Concessionary Travel Pass issued by Transport for Greater Manchester. My pass looks like this:

 

 
I want to start my journey in Greate​r Manchester on a weekday between midnight and 9.30am (peak travel) I want to start my journey in Greater Manchester on a weekday between 9.30am and midnight (off peak travel) I want to travel in Greater Manchester at weekends or on a public holiday
You will pay the full adult fare on buses, Metrolink trams and local trains.
The company who runs your bus can tell you how much your fare will be, ask your driver. Some operators will be making fares information available online shortly. Please check back for updates.
To find out which company serves your area click here
For Metrolink fares, click here.
For rail information, click here.
You can travel for free on buses, Metrolink trams and on local trains when you show your pass. You can travel for free on buses, Metrolink trams and on local trains when you show your pass.

I am aged between five and 16 and live in Greater Manchester or attend a school in Greater Manchester. My pass looks like this:

 

You will pay half the adult fare on buses in Greater Manchester.
 
Don't forget, you will need to show your igo pass from May 16 to confirm you are eligible for the concessionary fare. Click here to apply for an igo pass.
The company who runs your bus can tell you how much your fare will be, ask your driver. Some operators have made fares information available online. These are listed at the top of this page.
 
You may be able to save money by buying certain types of ticket. Click here to find out more.
If you don't know which company serves your area, click here.
 
To find out about school buses in your area, click here.
 
If you use a Yellow School Bus or a dedicated school bus service provided by Transport for Greater Manchester, you can find out how much you will pay in the following documents:
 
Bolton Schools (PDF 77Kb)
Bury Schools (PDF 48Kb)
Manchester Schools (PDF 66Kb)
Oldham Schools (PDF 46Kb)
Rochdale Schools (PDF 57Kb)
Salford Schools (PDF 34KB)
Stockport Schools (PDF 105Kb)
Tameside Schools (PDF 71Kb)
Trafford Schools (PDF 60Kb)
Wigan Schools (PDF 130Kb)
 
You will continue to pay the child fare on Metrolink trams and on rail services.

I am resident in Greater Manchester, aged 16 to 19 and have a scholar's pass which looks like this:

I want to make the journey indicated on my pass on a school day before 9pm I want to make any other journey
On the bus, you will pay half the adult fare for the journey shown on your pass.
On Metrolink trams and on trains you will continue to pay the child fare for the journey shown on your pass.
The company who runs your bus can tell you how much your fare will be, ask your driver. Some operators have made fares information available online. These are listed at the top of this page.
If you don't know which company serves your area, click here
For Metrolink fares, click here.
For rail information, click here.
If you have to travel at other times, or to other places, you will need to get an authorised 'Journey Variance Voucher' from your school or college.
Your pass is valid before 9pm on school days only so you would pay the adult fare if you wanted to travel at other times or to somewhere other than your school or college.
For journeys where you are not able to use your pass you may be able to save money by buying certain types of ticket. Click here to find out more.
Some operators have made fares information available online. These are listed at the top of this page.

I live in Greater Manchester or go to a Greater Manchester school and have an LEA free school pass which looks like this:​

 

I want to start my journey in Greater Manchester on a school day before 9pm I want to travel in Greater Manchester at other times when I'm not going to or from school
You can travel for free for the journey shown on your pass before 9pm.
If you want to travel at other times, or to other places, you will need to get an authorised 'Journey Variance Voucher' from your school.
Your pass is valid before 9pm on school days only so you would pay half the adult fare if you wanted to travel at other times or to somewhere other than your school.
If you are travelling by bus at any other time and you are aged 11 to 16, you will need to show an igo pass from May 16 when you buy your ticket. The igo pass confirms you are eligible for the concessionary half fare. Click here to apply for an igo pass.
The company who runs your bus can tell you how much your fare will be, ask your driver.
For journeys where you are not able to use your pass you may be able to save money by buying certain types of ticket. Click here to find out more.
Some operators have made fares information available online. These are listed at the top of this page.
You will continue to pay the child fare on Metrolink trams and on rail services.

 

I live in Greater Manchester and have a disabled National Concessionary Travel "Concession Plus" Pass which looks like this:

You are not affected. As now, you will be able to travel or free on buses, Metrolink trams and on local trains when you show your pass.
 

I live in Greater Manchester and have a National Concessionary Travel pass for disabled people, issued by Transport for Greater Manchester which looks like this:

I want to start my journey in Greater Manchester on a weekday before 9.30am (peak travel) I want to start my journey in Greater Manchester after 9.30am or at weekends or on a bank holiday.
You will pay half the adult fare on buses and on local trains, and the child fare on Metrolink trams, when you show your pass.
The company who runs your bus can tell you how much your fare will be, ask your driver. Some operators have made fares information available online. These are listed at the top of this page.
To find out which company serves your area click here
For Metrolink fares, click here.
For rail information, click here.
You can travel for free on buses, Metrolink trams and on local trains when you show your pass.

I regularly travel by bus over the boundary into areas outside Greater Manchester

The local concessionary fare scheme no longer applies to some journeys which involve travel outside of Greater Manchester.
A map showing the new boundary is available here.
For young people aged five to 16 the changes to the concessionary fare mean you will pay half the adult fare for your journey up to the boundary and then the full child fare for the portion of your trip outside Greater Manchester.
The national concessionary fare scheme for the over-60s is not affected by the changes. So, if you have a national concessionary pass and are starting your journey after 9.30am the whole trip will be free. If you are starting your journey before 9.30am you will pay the full adult fare for the whole journey.
If you have a disabled person's travel pass you will still pay half the adult fare for the whole journey when starting your journey before 9.30am. The whole journey is free if you start your journey after 9.30am.
If you have a Transport for Greater Manchester Concession Plus Pass and start your journey before 9.30am, your trip is free to the Greater Manchester boundary, and then half the adult fare for the portion outside Greater Manchester (the same as now). If you start your journey after 9.30am, the whole journey is free.
I use the Ring and Ride service
Click here to find how much your journey will cost
I use Local Link
Click here to find how much your journey will cost
I get to my school on a dedicated Transport for Greater Manchester funded school bus
After Sunday 3 April 2011, a simple three band fare structure was introduced for passengers on school bus services subsidised by Transport for Greater Manchester. The new fares are £1 for a short, single journey (no return fare available), £1.20 for a single journey of medium length (£2 for a return ticket used on the same day) and £1.40 for a single longer journey (£2.40 for a return ticket used on the same day). Information about your service is available in the following documents:
If you use a Yellow School Bus or a dedicated school bus service provided by Transport for Greater Manchester, you can find out how much you will pay in the following documents:
 
Bolton Schools (PDF 77Kb)
Bury Schools (PDF 48Kb)
Manchester Schools (PDF 66Kb)
Oldham Schools (PDF 46Kb)
Rochdale Schools (PDF 57Kb)
Salford Schools (PDF 34KB)
Stockport Schools (PDF 105Kb)
Tameside Schools (PDF 71Kb)
Trafford Schools (PDF 60Kb)
Wigan Schools (PDF 130Kb)
 
I get to school on a Yellow School Bus
Information about your service is available in the following documents:
If you use a Yellow School Bus or a dedicated school bus service provided by Transport for Greater Manchester, you can find out how much you will pay in the following documents:
 
Bolton Schools (PDF 77Kb)
Bury Schools (PDF 48Kb)
Manchester Schools (PDF 66Kb)
Oldham Schools (PDF 46Kb)
Rochdale Schools (PDF 57Kb)
Salford Schools (PDF 34KB)
Stockport Schools (PDF 105Kb)
Tameside Schools (PDF 71Kb)
Trafford Schools (PDF 60Kb)
Wigan Schools (PDF 130Kb)