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Free travel for older people

The National Concessionary Travel pass

If you qualify for a state pension, you also qualify for a National Concessionary Travel pass from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

The National Concessionary Travel pass gives you free bus journeys in England, and on Greater Manchester trams and trains.


Do you qualify?

To get a concessionary pass from TfGM you must:

  • live in Greater Manchester (if you live outside Greater Manchester apply for a pass in your own area); and
  • qualify for a state pension. It doesn't matter if you are taking the pension or not, or whether you work or not.

The age you qualify for a state pension isn't the same for everyone. You may need to be up to 66 to qualify depending on when you were born. If you're not sure, check your state pension age.


Costs and benefits

The pass is free, and lasts for five years.

It gives you free travel on:

Buses

Travel free on local buses anywhere in England between 9.30am and 11pm (up to midnight in Greater Manchester and some neighbouring towns), Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

Outside these times, you must pay the full adult fare.

Trams and trains

Travel free on Metrolink trams and Greater Manchester trains between 9.30am and midnight Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

Outside these times, you must pay the full adult fare.


Apply for a pass

Get a form from a TfGM Travelshop.

Download or get an application form from a TfGM Travelshop.

If you are eligible complete the relevant form and attach:
- a passport-sized colour photograph of yourself
- proof of age – birth certificate, medical card, passport or driving licence
- proof of your address – a utility bill , local council tax bill or Department for Work and Pensions letter dated in the last 12 months.
- Please do not send original documents.

You can take your form and proof to a Travelshop to check or post your documents to the FREEPOST address on the application form.


Renew your pass

For information on how to renew your pass


If you lose your pass

If you lose your pass there is a £10 charge for replacing a lost, stolen or damaged card. You can pay by card over the phone.

Call TfGM on 0161 244 1050 to make a card payment (7am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm at weekends and public holidays).

Visit a Travelshop to order and pay for a replacement pass.