If you live in England and are of retirement age or an eligible disabled person, you are entitled to an English National Concessionary Bus Pass.
The Bus Pass is available to anyone (male or female) who is of the age of female state pension entitlement. To calculate if you are eligible, please check the State Pension Calculator.
How to apply for a pass
If you are applying for an older persons or disabled persons bus pass for the first time, you need to apply to Essex County Council by:
- Downloading an application from www.canigetapass.org.uk
- Collecting an application form from their local libraries
- Calling 0345 200 0388 for an application form or for assistance completing one.
Bus pass renewals
If you have an Older Persons bus pass (indicated by a blue strip on the right hand side of the pass) and have not moved since your pass was issued, your pass will automatically be renewed approximately two weeks before the expiry date.
If you have a disabled persons bus pass, have not moved since your pass was issued and this is for a life-long disability your pass will be automatically renewed. For any other type of disability, you will receive information advising how you may renew your pass.
Bus pass renewals if you have moved address
If you have moved since your current pass was issued, please contact ECC on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 200 0388.
Using your pass
In Essex, pass holders can travel from 9am until 12pm (midnight), Monday to Friday and all day weekends and bank holidays.
Travel times and entitlement in areas outside Essex vary. Please check arrangements before travelling.
Your pass will allow you free off-peak travel anywhere else in England during the following times:
- Monday-Friday 9.30am-11pm
- all day (24hrs) at weekends and bank holidays
- any time on Transport for London buses.
An Essex companion pass is available for those who have difficulty travelling without assistance.