Concessionary passes

There are several passes that give you discounts on transport in London (if you live or have your principal residence in a London borough). 


Who is eligible?


Freedom Pass

London residents over 60 and those with disabilities. Use this calculator to see when you will be eligible and when you can apply. 

Free transport in London (and after 9.30am on most National Rail services if you have a Senior Freedom Pass)

Holders of Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards can also get a discount on the price of extension tickets and some Thames river boat services.

The London Councils website has more information on using a Freedom Pass including a map showing where it is valid.

Veterans Oyster Card

If you are receiving payments under the War Pensions Scheme, or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme you may be eligible.

Travel free on buses, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

5-10 Zip Oyster photocard

Children under 11 years old.

Free travel on most National Rail services where Oyster Pay As You Go (PAYG) is accepted and free travel on TfL services.

Child-rate PAYG fares will be charged on:

  • Southeastern high speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International
  • All services between Merstham and Gatwick Airport
  • Gatwick Express services between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport

Children without a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard will be charged a child-rate fare on most National Rail services in London.

11-15 Zip Oyster card

Children aged between 10 years, 11 months and 16 before 31 August.

Free travel at any time on buses and trams and child fares on the Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and most National Rail services. Half adult rate on Thames Clipper River Bus services.

16-17 year olds
16+ Zip Oyster Photocard

For those aged 16-17 years old.

Child rate for weekly, monthly or annual Travelcards and bus passes and half the adult rate when using PAYG on buses, tubes, trams, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and some National Rail routes.

Children aged 16 or 17 on 31 August who live in a London borough can also travel free on buses and trams.


You can get an 18+ student Oyster card if you are 18 or over, enrolled in an eligible full- or part-time course registered with an education establishment participating in the scheme.

You can save 30% on weekly, monthly or annual Travelcards and bus and tram passes.

However, if you do not use public transport regularly, it may still be cheaper to use PAYG rather than a Travelcard.

If you have a 16-25 Railcard, you can add the discount to your 18+ Student Oyster photocard to get a 34% discount on off-peak PAYG fares and off-peak daily caps on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card


Provided to those unemployed and looking for work. TfL’s website has full details on eligibility.

Half adult-rate PAYG fares and child-rate 7 day, monthly or longer period (up to three months) Travelcard, bus and tram passes.

Further information is available on the TfL website.

Note: ALL Zip/student Oyster cards require a photo and administration fee to be paid (£10 for 5-10, £15 for 11-15 and £20 for a 16+/student photocard).

If you have an English National Concessionary Pass, this can be used on London's buses 24 hours a day.