Getting on and loving it, with a free Older Person's Travel Pass

If you're of state pensionable age and live within the West Midlands, you're entitled an Older Person's Travel Pass, giving you free bus travel after 9:30am Monday - Friday, and all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays. 

Millie and Kevin are getting on and loving it; they use their Older Person's Travel Pass to travel across the region for free and embrace the freedom it gives them every day.

Watch their stories to find out why they would be lost without their bus pass.

Millie's Story

Book lover Millie loves getting out and about in West Bromwich; whether she's browsing her local market, socialising with her friends or chatting about her latest read at her book club, her Older Person's Travel Pass helps to keep her young at heart and gives her independence.

Kevin's Story

Being semi-retired gives Kevin plenty of free time to explore his passion for photography. He uses his Older Person's Travel Pass to help him capture beautiful moments within everyday life, and hops on and off our buses all day in pursuit of the perfect picture. 

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About the Older Person's Travel Pass

As part of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) are able to issue the Older Person's Travel Pass to eligible residents within the West Midlands county. 

The scheme gives people of state pensionable age, or eligible people with a disability in England, free travel on local buses between the hours of 09:30 - 23:00 Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and on Bank Holidays.

Holders of passes bearing a TfWM logo 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 the name of the issuing authority, in this case, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).  

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. 

How to apply for your pass: 

For people living within the West Midlands county, which covers Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, your pass will be issued by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM). You can download an application from the Network West Midlands website

If you live outside of the West Midlands county, your Older Person's Travel Pass will be issued by the authority who administers your local concessionary travel scheme. 

How to use your FREE pass: 

1. Remove the pass from your purse or wallet. Your pass will not work when next to a bank card, you'll also want to make sure you don't place any contactless bank cards near the reader to prevent any accidental payments being made.

2. Simply place the pass flat onto the reader. You'll only need to do this once when you board the bus. 

3. Hold the pass still until you see a green light and hear a beep, this will show that your pass has been accepted.

4. Enjoy your free bus travel!

Before 9:30am - If you want to travel before 9.30am, you can now pay £1 for a single journey. Simply place your Older Person's Travel Pass on the reader and put £1 in the cash chute. 

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

Lost and damaged travel passes:

If your pass was issued by TfWM please contact Network West Midlands to arrange for a replacement to be sent to you.

Replacement passes can be ordered and paid for over the phone, or at the TfWM Travel Centre located in New Street Train Station. All replacement passes 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 information about Older Person's National Concessionary Passes and Blind and Disabled National Passes, please see the Network West Midlands website or contact the Transport For West Midlands ticketing team.

By post: The Ticketing Delivery Team, TfWM House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3TR

Kids for a Quid

With your Older Person's Travel Pass you can take up to 3 kids on the bus for just £1 each! 

Travel on National Express West Midlands or Coventry buses after 9:30am Monday to Friday, or all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays, and make the most of the time together.  

It’s simple to purchase, just buy from the driver when you board. 

Want to save more money when taking the kids out?

Browse our range of discounts at local attractions across the West Midlands. 

Discounts on Days Out

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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Solihull Hospital

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Heartlands Hospital

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Coventry Transport Museum

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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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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. 

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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.    

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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

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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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