Older people of pensionable age and eligible disabled people are entitled to free off-peak travel on local bus services anywhere in England.
Eligibility information - older people
You must be of pensionable age according to this calculator. For men it's the age at which a woman of the same age would be eligible for a state pension, so you should enter your gender as female in the calculator. You will need to provide documentary evidence [19kb] and include this with your application.
Eligibility information - disabled people
You must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- be blind or partially sighted;
- be without speech;
- not have arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms;
- be profoundly or severely deaf;
- have a learning disability;
- have a disability, or have suffered an injury which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk;
- or have been refused an application for a driving licence due to physical fitness, not including the misuse of drugs or alcohol.
You will need to provide documentary evidence [28kb] and include this with your application.
Applications must be submitted to the local authority where you live. City of York residents should apply here.
Older person's bus pass
To apply for an older person's bus pass, print out and complete this application form [60kb] and return it to the address enclosed, or visit one of these locations to make an application in person.
Disabled person's bus pass
To apply for a disabled person's bus pass, print out and complete this application form [85kb] and return it to the address enclosed, or visit one of these locations to make an application in person.
When passes can be used
You can use the pass anywhere in England from 9.30am until 11pm weekdays and all day on weekends. Within North Yorkshire and York, the pass is valid at all times except between 6am and 9am on weekdays. Some services allow you to use your pass before 9am [25kb] . You can use the pass on all registered local bus services in England with the following exceptions:
- You cannot use the pass on long distance coach services.
- Passes are not valid on local park and ride services but discounted fares are available.
- Passes are not valid on Scarborough seafront services 108 and 109.
Local benefits such as free companion travel may not be available outside of our area.
Use of your bus pass is subject to the terms and conditions outlined on the top right of this page.
Lost or stolen passes
If you have lost your pass, there may be a charge of £5 for a replacement. If your pass has been stolen a replacement will be issued free of charge. You should report the theft to the Police and obtain a crime reference number. You will need to contact us.
Change of circumstances
If you move away from North Yorkshire, you must return your pass and apply for a pass from your new local authority. If you move to another part of North Yorkshire, you should advise us of any change of address. If the pass holder dies, please return the pass to us.
Companion bus passes for disabled people
You can apply for a bus pass for a companion to travel with you if you are disabled and meet the eligibility criteria which can be found in the application form [85kb]. Your companion need not travel with you on every journey or be the same person each time. They cannot use the pass without you.