Concessionary travel

Last updated on 4 Mar 2016

As an older person there are many ways in which you can take advantage of concessionary travel in Tyne and Wear and across the country.

Am I eligible for a Concessionary Travel Pass?

You are eligible for a concessionary travel pass, also known as a free bus pass, once you reach female Pension Age, whether you are a man or a woman.

As the pension age for women gradually increases from 60 to 65 from 2010 to 2020, so too will the age of eligibility for concessionary travel increase for both men and women.

You can calculate your State Pension age and the age you will get a free bus pass on

Individuals with certain disabilities can also get a free bus pass. To check if you're eligible visit

Where can I use my bus pass?

With a Tyne and Wear Concessionary Travel Pass you can travel for free on:

  • any Tyne and Wear bus from 9.30am weekdays, and all day at weekends and on public holidays.
  • any local bus in England between 9.30am-11.00pm weekdays, and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

For further information, including how to apply contact Nexus.

How to apply for a free bus pass

You can apply for your concessionary travel pass up to 28 days before you become eligible. You can pick up an application form from your local travel shop. The two travel shops in Newcastle are:

  • Central station metro station concourse
  • Haymarket metro station concourse

Travel shops are are now only open weekdays. Visit for opening times.


Updating your Concessionary Travel Pass

If your Concessionary Travel Pass is about to expire you can renew it on the month that it's due to expire or the month before that. You don't need to send off your old pass. You need to complete a form and send a stamped addressed envelope. You can collect a form at your local travel shop.

If your details have changed (your address or name) since you applied for it, you need to inform Nexus


Lost your Concessionary Travel Pass?

If you think that you have lost your concessionary travel pass whilst using public transport, contact the appropriate operator. This will either be

Your pass may have been handed in to the driver. If you are unsure which operator’s service you can check on Traveline or contact Nexus.

If your pass has not been found you will need to apply for a new Concessionary Travel Pass. This costs £5. You can complete a new form and pay at your local Travel Shop.

Metro Gold Card - Tyne and Wear Metro

If you have a concessionary travel pass, you can apply for a Metro Gold Card. This gives you unlimited travel on Metro, on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland and also the Shields Ferry.

The gold card offer can be used at weekends and weekdays after 9.30am. The card costs £12 a year and it will be loaded onto your Concessionary Travel Pass. 

For further information, including how to apply contact Nexus.


Lost your Metro Gold Card?

If you have lost your Metro Gold Card with your Concessionary Travel Pass on it you will need to report it to Nexus as soon as possible. You will then need to purchase a new Metro Gold Card from your local travel shop.

Concessionary Ferry Fare

You can get discounted ferry fares with your Concessionary travel card and gold card. For more information about concessionary ferry fares visit

Senior Railcard

The Senior Railcard is available to anyone aged 60 years old or over and will save you 1/3 of the cost of most rail fares to almost anywhere in Great Britain, including certain fares on various rail/sea journeys.

A one year railcard costs £30 and a three year card costs £70.

To apply, you can get an application form from railway station ticket offices or a National Rail-licensed Travel Agent. The completed form needs to be handed in together with proof of your age, such as your Birth Certificate, Passport or Driving Licence.

You can also purchase or renew your Senior Railcard online or over the phone. You will need proof of your age/identity, so have your Birth Certificate, Passport or Driving Licence to hand when you call. You can't apply for a Senior Railcard by post.

As well as making savings on rail fares, the Senior Railcard also entitles you to other special offers, such as on London theatre tickets.

Disabled Person's Railcard

The Disabled Person's Railcard is available to disabled people and provides 1/3 off most rail fares across Britain for you and a companion. You can apply on their website or download an application form to return in the post.

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