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Concessionary travel

Free travel for Oxfordshire concessionary pass holders

If you’re over 60 or have a certain disability, you may be eligible for a concessionary bus pass from your local council. 

It will allow you to travel for free on Stagecoach buses and the Oxford Tube in Oxfordshire and on our buses throughout England. 

When you can use your pass for free travel

The time you can travel is dependent on the Council district you are travelling in, not the Council who issued your pass.

You can travel any time on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. On week days, you can travel between:

  • 09:00 – 24:00 in Oxfordshire (Oxford City, Cherwell District, South Oxfordshire District, Vale of White Horse District & West Oxfordshire District)
  • 09:30 – 23:00 in Northamptonshire (Daventry & South Northamptonshire District)

Where you can use your pass for free travel

You can travel for free anywhere in England, including London on local bus services. 

Transport for London buses will allow free travel from 09:00 for the elderly and all day for disabled people.  The difference will be shown by the colour of the stripe on the right edge of your pass – blue for elderly and orange for disabled.

In Oxfordshire, you can also travel for free on the X5 and on local journeys on the Oxford Tube. In London you can travel between Hillingdon and London. 

Free travel is not available on tourist buses or coach services like National Express.

Your English concessionary bus pass is not valid for journeys within Scotland or Wales. If you’re travelling outside of England, you’ll need to pay the normal adult fare to use the bus. 

Reduced price Oxford Tube tickets are available for passengers aged 60 or over or who are disabled, for travel between Oxford and London. Proof of age or appropriate documentation may be required.

How to use your pass on the bus

Once you’ve received your concessionary bus pass, you can start using it straight away. 

Just hold your pass on the yellow spot on the top of the ticket machine by the driver each time you board the bus. You won’t need to tell the driver your destination.

Wait for the green light or listen for a beep - then remove your pass and find a seat. We don’t issue you with a ticket.

Unfortunately, a pass doesn’t give you any priority over other passengers. If you don’t have your pass with you we will have to charge the adult fare. You may also be eligible for a journey assistance card if you need extra help on the bus.

How to apply for a concessionary pass

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for issuing you with your pass.

Apply for your bus pass online.

Or call Oxfordshire County Council on 0845 310 1111

You can also apply online for an older person’s bus pass  or a disabled person’s bus pass .

What to do if you lose your pass 

If you lose your pass, you’ll need to apply for a replacement from your local council.  Until this arrives you will have to pay the full adult fare if you want to travel.