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Bus passes for older and disabled people

Older people

The age you qualify for free bus passes is changing in line with national changes to the state pension age. 

To find out when you can get a concessionary travel pass and how you can apply visit Nexus: Concessionary travel for older people

Disabled adults

If you live in Tyne and Wear, you can travel on buses for free if your disability qualifies you for a concessionary travel pass.

To see if you could make your journeys cost free and to apply for a pass visit Nexus: Concessionary travel for disabled adults.

Metro Gold cards

A Metro Gold card will give you a year's travel on the Metro, Shields Ferry and Northern Rail between Sunderland and Newcastle for £12 if you live in Tyne and Wear.

You'll need to have a concessionary travel pass and you will be able to travel at the same times as your pass is valid. 

For more information see Nexus: Metro Gold Card

Companion card

If you need to take someone with you for bus travel, they can travel for free if you have a Companion card.

A Companion card is the same as a concessionary travel pass and it is in your name. 

It carries an additional symbol on it that tells drivers and inspectors that whoever is with you for a particular journey does not have to pay a fare providing the trip is made in the hours that it applies.

This may be useful for unpaid carers. 

You are eligible for a Companion card if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • higher rate care component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • high rate Attendance Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) providing your decision letter shows you scored a minimum eight points in the Communicating Verbally and Planning or Following a Journey sections

To find out more and apply, visit Nexus: Companion Card

Travel costs for health appointments

The NHS will refund you reasonable travel costs for health appointments if you meet certain financial and health criteria. Fares for you carer may also be met in the right circumstances.

For more information, visit NHS: Help with travel costs

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