Bus Permit Scheme

Free nationwide bus travel for eligible people

If you live in England, and meet the eligibility criteria, you are entitled to free off-peak travel (9.30am - 11pm on weekdays, and all day weekends and bank holidays) on bus services throughout England.

Under the scheme, there are three types of pass available.

  • A pass for older people (Pensioners Bus Pass).
  • A pass for eligible disabled people. This includes children aged five and over who have eligible disabilities.
  • A companion pass. This pass is for people of an eligible age or eligible disability who find it impossible to travel on their own.


Surrey County Council is responsible for issuing bus permits for the 11 boroughs and districts of Surrey, including Woking Borough Council.

You must be of pensionable age. Age of eligibility is changing from 60 to 65 in stages until 2020. The eligibility age is the same as a woman's pensionable age for both men and women. You can check your age eligibility by searching for state pension age using the State Pension Calculator on the Gov.uk website that also shows the age of eligibility for a bus pass.

For more information and how to apply, please visit Surrey County Council's website.