Seniors travel free

Free Bus Travel with an Older Person's Travel Pass

Free travel for everybody of 65 years and above in England is provided via the English National Concessionary Pass scheme. It gives older people free travel by bus anywhere in England during ‘off-peak’ times - between 9.30am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays.
 
If you haven’t yet taken advantage of this offer you can apply via the Network West Midlands Website at www.networkwestmidlands.com

Kids travel for £1 each

Have a big day out together...Up to 3 kids can travel for £1 each with an Older Person's Travel Pass, Monday to Friday after 9:30am or all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.  

It’s simple to purchase, just buy from the driver on board!

The card that's more than a card

The card that's more than a card. 

The Older Person's Travel Pass really is more than just your average card. 

  • Free to obtain 
  • Enables you to travel for free off peak on buses in the West Midlands 
  • Allows you to travel on other buses across the UK
  • Use it to travel free off peak on trains and trams in the West Midlands*
  • Take Grandkids for £1 each (up to 3 kids) - after 9:30am Monday - Friday or anytime at weekends and Bank Holidays

The Older Persons Travel Pass makes you free to do what you want, when you want....the Older Persons Travel Pass offers you freedom.

*applies to West Midlands residents only. 

Using your local National Express bus

Using the bus to get around the West Midlands is easier than it’s ever been. With more frequent buses, hundreds of new eco-efficient buses added to our fleet, as well as our new Platinum range of buses which feature free wifi, comfier seats, more legroom and air conditioning covering some key routes, travelling by bus is easy, convenient and enjoyable. 

Not only that but it is also cleaner, greener and very affordable, with a range of ticket and travel cards available to suit the needs of the whole family. 

Not been on the bus for a while? 

  • Statistics show that travelling by bus is now safer than ever (see news story). 
  • All our buses offer step free entry and disembarkment, CCTV and highly trained driving personnel. 
  • Travelling by bus offers good connections with all other modes of public transport such as tram and rail so getting around is easier than you think.

Live bus information is available at many of our bus stops so you can see when the next bus is due, but it doesn't just stop there…. National Express West Midlands and Network West Midlands also have an online App and mobile site that help you get up to date information on journey planning, timetables and service updates whilst you are out and about on the move.

Unfamiliar with travelling on the bus or have someone accompanying you who doesn’t have an older person's pass?  Swift Card which is a smart card offering cashless travel, allows you or your co- traveller to top up your card with single tickets, day savers or travel cards and hop on, with no need for rummaging around looking for the right change.

Great value deals for older people

Cadbury World

With your Older Person's Travel Pass you can get 30% off entry into Cadbury World, when you travel on our buses. Download your voucher from the link below.  

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Black Country Living Museum

With your Older Person's Travel Pass you can get 25% off entry into The Black Country Living Museum, when you travel on our buses. Download your voucher from the link below. 

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The National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham

With your Older Person's Travel Pass you can get 2 for 1 entry into The National SEA LIFE Centre, when you travel on our buses. Download your voucher from the link below.  

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Thinktank

With your Older Person's Travel Pass you can get 2 for 1 entry into The Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, when you travel on our buses. Download your voucher from the link below.  

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Enjoy your favourite performance at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre and if you're over 60 years of age you can get discounted tickets to most shows. 

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Belgrade Theatre

Watch your favourite performances live at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry this summer including ABBA Mania and Celebrating Cilla, and if you're a 'Senior Citizen' you can get discounted tickets. 

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Coventry Music Museum

Take a trip down memory lane and celebrate the musical history of Coventry and Warwickshire. Senior's get discounted entry for £2 at the museum, (usual price £3).

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Coventry City Football Club

Get on board with Tony Mobray's sky blue arm and get yourself a seniors season ticket for 2016/2017 online now. 

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Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Musuem has the largest collection of British Road Transport in the world with 240 cars and commercial vehicles, over 200 cycles and 100 motorcycles AND it's a free day out! 

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Blue Bistro

Enjoy your favourite food and drinks at Blue Bistro in Coventry with 25% off, when you enjoy two courses and a drink. The offer is valid Thursday - Sunday. 

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Lighthouse Cinema

The Lighthouse Cinema in Wolverhampton is a independant cinema hosting 2 screens, 3 galleries and a cafe bar. Enjoy midweek matinees with friends and get a free cup of tea or discounted tickets for concessions. 

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Queens Head Restaurant

Enjoy a warm hearty 2 course lunch at the Queens Head restaurant in Wednesbury between 12:00-2:00pm Tuesday - Friday for just £7.95, exclusively for senior citizens.

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Odeon Cinema

Enjoy your favourite film at the Odeon Coventry and if you're aged 60+ you can get discounted film tickets too. 

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Dudley Zoo

Home to 100's of animals and set around an 11th century castle, Dudley Zoo is a great day out and even better with discounted admission for concessions. 

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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Enjoy your favourite shows, theatre productions and classic family shows at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and if you're over 60 you can get concession show ticket prices. 

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The MAC Birmingham

From Art exhibitions, films, theatre and music the MAC Birmingham offers a wide programme of things to do and see with reduced entry for seniors, with valid ID. 

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Dudley Canal Trust

Explore 428 million years of history on the Dudley Canal Trust, take a boat trip and experience Limestone mines under Dudley or take the complete Dudley Tunnel, concessions get discounted tickets on the trips. 

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Birmingham Hippodrome

Watch your favourite musical, opera or pantomine at the Birmingham Hippodrome and if you're over 60 you can get concessions prices.

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Vue Cinema

Watch your favourite films at Vue Cinema, Star City and if your over 60 years of age you can get a senior ticket at a discounted price. 

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Everyman Cinema

Watch one of the latest releases and become a 'Premier Senior' at Everyman Cinema in the Mailbox, Birmingham with reduced prices for Older People aged over 60, just take a form of ID along with you. 

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Everyday destinations

Gala Bingo Coventry

Spend time with your friends & family and enjoy a fun game together at Gala Bingo in Coventry. 

Plan your journey using National Express Coventry buses, here

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Bournville Garden Centre

Bourneville Garden centre is much more than just a garden centre...with a huge variery of plants, garden furniture, gifts, cards and an onsite restaurant. 

Plan your journey using National Express West Midlands buses, here

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Botanical Gardens

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers something for everyone this summer, be it the glasshouse full of a tropical rainforest, the beautiful gardens, playground, tea room or the gift shop. 

Plan your journey using National Express West Midlands buses, here

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Cannon Hill Park

With 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation, Cannon Hill Park provides plenty of room to stretch your legs and enjoy a leisurely walk. 

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Heartlands Hospital

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Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Musuem has the largest collection of British Road Transport in the world with 240 cars and commercial vehicles, over 200 cycles and 100 motorcycles AND it's a free day out! 

Plan your journey using National Express Coventry buses, here

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Sutton Park

Enjoy walking, nature watching, a play areas for kids and a restaurant all in Sutton Park, it's a great day out for you and the grand kids this summer. 

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BJ's Bingo

Spend time with your friends & family and enjoy a fun game together at BJ's Bingo in Kitts Green. 

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Stourbridge

This vibrant shopping hotspot boasts a wealth of characterful independent retailer - as well as some of the region’s finest architecture. For unique fashion give Bella Boo boutique a try, and if the gradnkids really don’t want to miss a trick take them to The House of Magic might. 

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Solihull Hospital

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QE Hospital

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City Hospital

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Rowley Regis Hospital

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Russells Hall Hospital

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Bullring Birmingham

Located in the heart of Birmingham city centre, the Bullring Shopping Centre is within easy reach by lots of our buses which serve the city centre. 

Plan your journey using National Express West Midlands buses, here

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intu Merry Hill

With over 250 shops, a cinema and food court, intu Merry Hill near Dudley is a great shopping destination. 

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Touchwood

Touchwood Solihull, is the shopping and entertainment centre in the heart of Solihull, with over 80 stores including John Lewis & Lakeland, more than 20 bars & restaurants and a 9 screen cinema. 

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University Hospital Coventry

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Good Hope Hospital

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Walsall Manor Hospital

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Great Western Arcade

Great Western Arcade is a Victorian Shopping experience in Birmingham city centre, between Colmore Row and Temple Row.    

Plan your journey using National Express West Midlands buses, here

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The Gracechurch Centre

Located in the heart of Sutton Coldfield, The Gracechurch Centre has over 50 highstreet stores all under one roof including House or Fraser and M&S, a great local shopping destination. 

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The Saddlers Centre

Located in the centre of Walsall, ‘The Saddlers’ offers shoppers a wealth of choice, including big names like M&S, Clarks and TJ Hughes. It’s convenient to reach by bus, with lots of our routes stopping directly outside the Bradford Street entrance.

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New Square

From those everyday essentials to the perfect present or lunch with friends, New Square West Bromwich is a great shopping destination with all you need under one roof. 

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West Orchards

With over 40 retail outlets and a foodcourt, West Orchards Coventry has all your shopping needs covered with brands including M&S, Pep&Co and Debenhams. 

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The Birmingham Library

Take a tour of the library, find your favourite book, use one of the many computers around or enjoy a cup of tea and cake in the library cafe. 

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Herbert Museum & Art Gallery

The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery in Coventry is host to a wide range of talks, events and workshops for adults & families. 

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All about the Older Person's Travel Pass

Centro who are the issuer of the travel pass, have recently been renamed to Transport for West Midlands (TfWM)

What is the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme? 

  • Gives all older people and all eligible people with a disability in England free travel on local buses between the hours of 09:30 and 23:00 Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays
  • Holders of passes with a TFWM) on them are also entitled to free travel on the Midland Metro tram and on trains operating within the Network West Midlands area.
  • Each pass bears the English Rose graphic and also the name of the issuing authority.  
  • Individual authorities may specify enhancements to the scheme within their own local areas. Details of any enhancements offered will be available from the local authority who issued the pass. TfWM offer cards to those people living within the West Midlands County. 

Using your FREE pass - 

1. Remove the pass from your purse of wallet (as they don't work next to bank cards) 

2. Simply touch the pass flat onto the reader (there is no need to rub it). You only need to do this once when you get on the bus. 

3. Hold it still until you see a green light and hear a beep, this shows your pass is working.

4. Enjoy your free travel!

You should be ready to show your pass to authorised staff or ticket inspectors if requested at any time during your journey. 

Can I use my pass on the Midland Metro or on the train? 

YES - If your pass was issued by TfWM - you can also use it on the Midland Metro trams and trains within the Network West Midlands area. Show your pass to the conductor or ticket inspector when asked. 
NO - Holders of passes issued by other local authorities - are required to pay for their Midland Metro tram journeys and train journeys within the Network West Midlands Area. Passengers not holding a valid ticket or pass will be liable to pay a penalty fare. 

Applying for your pass: 

For people living within the West Midlands County: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton your pass will be issued by TfWM. You can download an application from from the Network West Midlands website or you can call the Transport For West Midland (TFWM) Ticketing team on 0345 303 6760. 

For people who live outside of the West Midlands County, your Concessionary travel pass will be issued by the authority who administers your local concessionary travel scheme. 

Lost and damages cards:

If your pass was issued by TfWM please contact the Concessions Team on 0345 303 6760 to arrange for a replacement.

Replacement concessionary cards can be ordered and paid for over the phone or at TfWM Travel Centre in New Street Rail Station. All replacement tickets will be posted first class and should be received within 5 working days. 

Holders of passes issued by other local authorities will need to contact their own issuing authority

More Information:

For more details about the Older Peoples National Concessionary Passes and Blind and Disables National Passes please see the Network West Midlands website  or contact the Transport For West Midlands ticketing team:

By phone: 0345 303 6760 (Opening hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday)
By post: The Ticketing Delivery Team, TfWM House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3TR

Last updated: January 2017