Concessionary Travel

If you hold an English National Concessionary pass, then you are able to use it for free at certain times of day for bus travel. In some circumstances, you may be able to bring a companion with you for free too. The rules can vary based on which local authority has issued the pass, and which local authority you are boarding in, so please be aware that the times when you can use your pass are based on the place you are boarding, and not the place you are going to.

The rules that apply to concessionary travel can be seen on our helpful grid below.

Pass Type 
Older Persons
Disabled
Companions
Accepted?**
Local Authority where journey commences
Weekdays
Weekends & Bank Holidays
Weekdays
Weekends & Bank Holidays
East Sussex
Issued by East Sussex
0930 - 2300
Any Time
0930 - 2300
Any Time
Yes, off peak only^
Issued by other authority
0930 - 2300
Any Time
0930 - 2300
Any Time
Kent & West Sussex, off peak only^
West Sussex
Issued by West Sussex
0930 - 2300
Any Time
Any Time
Any Time
Yes, at any time
Issued by other authority
0930 - 2300
Any Time
0930 - 2300
Any Time
East Sussex and Surrey disabled holders (not retired), off-peak only^
Kent
Issued by Kent
0930 - 2300
Any Time
0930 - 2300
Any Time
Yes, off peak only^
Issued by other authority
0930 - 2300
Any Time
0930 - 2300
Any Time
East Sussex, off-peak only^
Surrey
Issued by Surrey
0930 - 2300
Any Time
0930 - 2300
Any Time
Yes, off-peak only^
Issued by other authority
0930 - 2300
Any Time
0930 - 2300
Any Time
West Sussex, off-peak only^
Greater London
Issued by London borough
0930 - 2300*
Any Time
Any Time
Any Time
No
Issued by other authority
0930 - 2300*
Any Time
0930 - 2300*
Any Time
No
Brighton & Hove
Issued by Brighton & Hove
Not 0400 - 0900
Any Time
Any Time
Any Time
Yes
Issued by other authority
0930 - 2300
Any Time
0930 - 2300
Any Time
No


* Times of acceptance on TfL "Red" services may differ to our own. Refer to tfl.gov.uk for details of acceptance on their buses
** If a concenssionary pass has a  "C" Logo in the top right hand side, one passenger may travel for free in addition to the holder as per the table
^ Off peak is between 0930 and 2300 on Mondays-Fridays, and any time at weekends.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please see the links below:

Brighton & Hove
East Sussex
Kent
Surrey
West Sussex

Keep passes separate to bank cards

Ticket machines are programmed to accept a variety of cards and passes. We recommend storing credit and debit cards separate to concessionary passes to avoid accidentally paying with your bank card. This happens very rarely, but on the rare occasion that a credit or debit card is accidentally scanned instead of a concessionary pass, please contact customer service who will assist you further.