Free and discounted travel passes

People over 60 Disabled People Young People

Concessionary travel card for older  people over 60

Eligibility and concessions

People over the age of 60 qualify for free Scotland-wide bus travel under a National Entitlement Card scheme run jointly by the Scottish Government and local authorities, by applying for a National Entitlement Card (travel / bus pass).

The card also allows people who live in the area covered by Strathclyde's Concessionary Travel Scheme (which includes Argyll & Bute), to get cheaper fares on First ScotRail trains and the Glasgow Subway within the area covered by the Strathclyde Scheme. 

Concessionary travel is also available on local ferries for anyone who lives on an island or peninsula and meets the qualifying criteria.

How to apply

You can get an application form for a National Entitlement Card if you are over 60 at your local post office or SPT Travel Centre.

Further information

For further details of the scheme please refer to the SPT and Transport Scotland websites.

Concessionary travel card for disabled people

Eligibility and concessions

Eligible disabled people of fare paying age (5 years and over) are entiled to apply for a National Entitlement Card (travel / bus pass), which quailifies them for free Scotland wide bus travel.

The card also allows people who live in the area covered by Strathclyde's Concessionary Travel Scheme (which includes Argyll & Bute), to get cheaper fares on First ScotRail trains and the Glasgow Subway within the area covered by the Strathclyde Scheme. 

Concessionary travel is also available on local ferries for anyone who lives on an island or peninsula and meets the qualifying criteria.

You can apply for a National Entitlement Card if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • In receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • In receipt of the higher/middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • In receipt of Attendance Allowance
  • Resident in a care or residential home or hospital and require 24 hour supervision
  • Holder of a Disabled Persons Parking Badge (Blue Badge)
  • Are profoundly or severely deaf
  • Unable to drive on medical grounds
  • Suffer from a mental illness, learning disability or personality disorder
  • Terminally ill
  • Suffer from a progressively degenerative disorder
  • Have suffered a loss of limbs
  • Visually impaired
  • Seriously injured veteran with mobility problems

Companion Entitlement

If your mobility is such that you require to be accompanied when travelling, you can apply for a National Entitlement Card containing the companion entitlement (C+1) to allow a companion travel free of charge with you for the same journey by bus.

You will qualify for the companion entitlement if you receive the higher or middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance; or you receive Attendance Allowance; or you are registered blind; or you live in a care or residential home and eligible to receive the higher or middle rate of the care component Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance.

You will be required to provide a copy of an award notice from the Department of Work and Pensions dated within the last 12 months or a copy of your blind registration certificate.

Your companion can vary from journey to journey and you may travel with or without a companion. Your companion must travel with you and may not travel without the cardholder. If your companion wishes to remain on the bus after you (the cardholder) has left then they will be required to pay the appropriate fare to the driver.

There is no need for you to be accompanied on all bus journeys you make as you have the choice of whether to travel alone or have someone travel with you.  Your companion must be over the age of 5 years.

How to apply

Eligible disabled people can apply for a National Entitlement Card at their local social work office, where local staff will help can complete your application, and send it to SPT who will issue your card:

Mid Argyll Area Team - Mid Argyll Community Hospital and Integrated Care Centre, Blarbuie Road, Lochgilphead PA31 8JZ

Kintyre Area Team - Campbeltown Service Centre, Old Quay Head, Campbeltown PA28 6BA

Islay Area Team - Kilarrow House, Bowmore, Isle of Islay PA43 7HW

Bute Area Team - Union Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0HD

Cowal Area Team - Ellis Lodge, Argyll Road, Dunoon PA23 8ES

Oban Area Team - Soroba Road, Oban PA34 4JA 

Helensburgh and Lomond Area Team - Jeannie Deans Unit, 93 East King Street, Helensburgh G84 7BU

Mull Area Team - Breadalbane Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull PA75 6PX

Further information

For further details of the scheme please refer to the SPT and Transport Scotland websites.

Concessionary travel card for young people

Eligibility and concessions

Young people aged between 11 and 26 also qualify for the National Entitlement Card which offers a variety of benefits including travel discounts.For further details on what your card entitles you to, please refer to the Young Scot website.

How to apply

If you are aged between 11 and 16, please call us on 01546 604142, or go onto the Young Scot website, to apply for a card.

If you are over 16, call Young Scot on 0808 801 0338, or email them at info@youngscot.org, for an application form.

Further information

Please contact your local Youth Enquiry Service or the Young Scot website for further information.