Concessions

Older Person's and Disabled Person's Bus Passes available from Local Councils

Update: From Tuesday 1 September local authority regulations regarding the acceptance of concessionary passes in East Sussex and Kent returned to normal, and the special dispensations put in place at the start of coronavirus ended.

Holders of Brighton & Hove issued concessionary passes will no longer be able to board between 04:00 and 09:00 on Mondays to Fridays from Monday 7 September.

Concessionary Pass travel times for each council from Tuesday 7 September:

  Older Person's Pass Disabled Pass
Local authority where journey commences Weekdays Weekends & Bank Holidays Weekdays Weekends & Bank Holidays
East Sussex Issued by East Sussex 09:30 - 23:00 Any time 09:30 - 23:00 Any time
Issued by other authority 09:30 - 23:00 Any time 09:30 - 23:00 Any time
West Sussex Issued by West Sussex 09:30 - 23:00 Any time Any time Any time
Issued by other authority 09:30 - 23:00 Any time 09:30 - 23:00 Any time
Kent Issued by Kent 09:30 - 23:00 Any time 09:30 - 23:00 Any time
Issued by other authority 09:30 - 23:00 Any time 09:30 - 23:00 Any time
Brighton & Hove Issued by Brighton & Hove Not 04:00 - 09:00 Any time Any time Any time
Issued by other authority 09:30 - 23:00 Any time 09:30 - 23:00* Any time
 

National Concessionary Pass holders are entitled to free travel on any Brighton & Hove bus.

However, there are certain time restrictions depending on which council your pass is issued by:-

If you are a Brighton and Hove resident

  • You cannot travel free in the city area between 04.00 - 09.00 Mondays to Fridays.
  • If you start your journey outside of the city (eg. Lewes) you cannot travel free until 09.30, or after 23.00 on Mondays to Fridays.
  • From 1 April disabled passholders will be able to board a bus in Brighton & Hove at any time.

If you are a resident of Kent, East Sussex or West Sussex Districts

  • You cannot travel free between 23.00 - 09.30 Mondays to Fridays (except West Sussex Disabled pass holders who can board in West Sussex at any time).

Other restrictions

  • Any visitor to Brighton cannot travel free in the city area between 23.00 - 09.30 Mondays to Fridays.
  • There are no time restrictions for any passes at weekends and on Bank Holidays (valid from 00.01 until midnight).
  • On our Night buses concessionary passes are only valid in accordance with the normal time restrictions stated above.

Christmas & New Year Holidays

On days when bus services are operating Saturday services on a normal Monday to Friday the standard conditions apply, i.e. if it is a Monday you can only travel after 09.00/09.30 not all day as if it was a Saturday.

To check whether you are eligible for concessionary travel, please click here.