From Wednesday 18 January 2023, the temporary suspension of free travel for Older Person's Freedom Pass and 60+ London Oyster photocard holders between 04:30 and 09:00 on weekdays, which was put in place during the pandemic, will become permanent.
For more information and why the decision was made can be found here
Local buses elsewhere in England
Your Freedom Pass is valid on most other bus services in England and has the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) 'Rose' printed on it to show this. This means you can use your pass on most local services around the country. Your pass will be valid Monday-Friday 09:30 - 23:00 and anytime at weekends and on public holidays. The Freedom Pass is not valid on most intercity coach services and is not valid in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, or on tram or National Rail services outside London.
We strongly advise you to contact the bus operating company before you travel to check the validity of your pass if you are at all uncertain.
Useful contacts for the major bus and coach operators
- National Express www.nationalexpress.com 0871 781 8181
- Green Line www.greenline.co.uk 0344 801 7261
- Arriva www.arrivabus.co.uk 0344 800 4411
- Stagecoach www.stagecoachbus.com 0343 222 1234
- Megabus www.megabus.com/uk/ 0141 352 4444
- First www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/ 0122 465 0160
Traveline www.traveline.info can provide information service on timetables, journey planning and operator details and all over the country. Call 0871 200 22 33. Calls cost 12 pence per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.