Where can I use my Freedom Pass?

If you are were born on or before 5 May 1951 or are an eligible disabled person and live permanently in a London borough, you can apply for a freedom pass.

The freedom pass gives you free travel on buses, Tube, trains, Docklands Light Railway and trams in London. It is paid for by your local council to help both older and eligible disabled people get around.

In October 2012, the Mayor of London announced that Londoners born after this date, who reach 60 years of age will be able to apply for a new type of Oyster photocard being launched on 1 November, which will restore their entitlement to free travel on Transport for London services 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The concession, to be known as the 60+ Concessionary Travel Scheme, will expire when a customer’s age reaches the age of eligibility for the London Councils Freedom Pass.


Older people and Disabled pass holders travel free on most buses 24 hours per day. As part of the National Concessionary Fare scheme, you are also able to use your pass on bus services outside London.


Older people and Disabled pass holders can travel free at all times.

National Rail

Free Standard Class travel is available for all freedom pass holders on local rail services after 9.30am.

On some routes, different times apply. Passes are not valid on Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express or any long distance inter-city train that does not stop at intermediate stations within the freedom pass area.

For travel beyond the freedom pass area you must purchase a separate extension ticket before you travel. You should show your freedom pass at the ticket office when purchasing tickets. Holders of Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards may be able to obtain a discount on the price of extension tickets.

Docklands Light Railway & Trams

Older people and Disabled pass holders can travel free at all times.


Freedom pass holders get a discount on many Thames river boat services.

If you travel before the allowed times, or travel beyond London, and you do not have a valid ticket, you may be liable for a penalty fare. You must be prepared to show your pass to a member of staff at any time and let them check the pass if requested.


More information can be found on the Freedom Pass website and you can also download a map of the Freedom Pass area.

Important note: Make sure you keep your Freedom Pass separate from your contactless bank card.  Freedom passes use Oyster card readers in the same way as Oyster cards and contactless bank payment cards.  It is therefore important to keep these cards separate from each other to avoid being charged incorrectly.  If your contactless card has been charged for a journey inadvertently contact TfL immediately.