The promise of free travel through an older person’s bus pass usually comes with retirement but changes of the rules may mean some will receive this travel concession later in life that expected. The rules of when a person is eligible for a bus pass varies – in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales it is possible to apply for a bus pass when you reach the age of 60. In England it is linked with the state pension age which is gradually increasing and depends on when you were born. You can in England apply for a bus pass for free travel when you reach the female state pension age – whether you are a man or a woman.
Most people who reach the age of 66 and get their state pension will be eligible but this is changing in the coming years and will reach 67 for both men and women between 2026 and 2028. After this it is due to rise to 68 by 2046. There could be changes again in the future.