Concessionary bus passes

From 1 April 2015 pass holders will no longer be able to travel for free on buses in the Slough Borough Council area before 9.30am or after 11pm on weekdays. Holders of companion passes will no longer be able to take a companion with them for free when travelling on buses in the Slough Borough Council area. For more information please see:
Changes to the concessionary bus fares scheme frequently asked questions

Bus passes for the elderly and disabled

England's national concessionary travel passes

The concessionary bus pass entitles holders to travel free of charge on off-peak local bus services anywhere in England. Off-peak hours are 9.30am until 11pm on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays.

If you wish to use your bus pass outside the off-peak hours for journeys starting in any Council area outside Slough, then you are advised to check whether it will be valid with the Council concerned.

Your pass will be valid until the expiry date showing on the front of your bus pass or until the announcement of any alterations to scheme conditions.


To be eligible for a bus pass, you must be either:

  • in receipt of the state pension or have reached the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day as you. (see age of eligibility below)
  • have one of the disabilities detailed below.

To be eligible, your disability must be permanent, have lasted at least 12 months, or be likely to last at least 12 months. The disability must have a substantial effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The
eligibility criteria below are set by the government, under the Transport Act 2000:

If you are disabled, you will automatically qualify if you:

  • are in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or,
  • are in receipt of war pensioner's mobility supplement or,
  • have the disability registration card (which you must present to us)
  • are blind or partially sighted
  • are profoundly or severely deaf
  • are without speech
  • have a disability or have suffered an injury which has substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk
  • do not have arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms
  • have a learning disability
  • have been refused a driving licence because of physical incapacity (does not include refusal on grounds of drug or alcohol misuse)
  • suffer from a severe mental illness
  • have 8 points or more in the moving around component for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

We will need proof of identity and a current Department of Works and pensions (DWP) award letter.

Age of eligibility

From 6 April 2010, the age of eligibility for concessionary travel for:

  • women will be pension age and
  • men it will be the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day.

The state pension age for women is rising by five years over a period of 10 years. The age of eligibility will rise in stages, between 2010 and 2020. The earliest age for men and women to get bus passes will therefore rise gradually, from 60 on 6 April 2010 to 65 by 5 April 2020. The government has decided this would be the fairest method, rather than introduce a one-off rise which would leave those currently close to retirement age facing a full five year delay.

The age of eligibility for the state pension is scheduled to rise by two months every one month. This means the earliest date on which you can get your bus pass will depend on which month you were born in and will not fall on your birthday.

Please use the table below to see when you will become eligible for a pass.

Birthday from Birthday to Date eligible for bus pass
1 April 1950 5 February 1953 Now
6 March 1953 5 April 1953 6 March 2016
6 April 1953 5 May 1953 6 May 2016
6 May 1953 5 June 1953 6 July 2016
6 June 1953 5 July 1953 6 September 2016
6 July 1953 5 August 1953 6 November 2016
6 August 1953 5 September 1953 6 January 2017
6 September 1953 5 October 1953 6 March 2017
6 October 1953 5 November 1953 6 May 2017
6 November 1953 5 December 1953 6 July 2017
6 December 1953 5 January 1954 6 September 2017
6 January 1954 5 February 1954 6 November 2017
6 February 1954 5 March 1954 6 January 2018
6 March 1954 5 April 1954 6 March 2018
6 April 1954 5 May 1954 6 May 2018
6 May 1954 5 June 1954 6 July 2018
6 June 1954 5 July 1954 6 September 2018
6 July 1954 5 August 1954 6 November 2018
6 August 1954 5 September 1954 6 January 2019
6 September 1954 5 October 1954 6 March 2019
6 October 1954 5 November 1954 6 May 2019
6 November 1954 5 December 1954 6 July 2019
6 December 1954 5 January 1955 6 September 2019
6 January 1955 5 February 1955 6 November 2019
6 February 1955 5 March 1955 6 January 2020
6 March 1955 5 April 1955 6 March 2020
6 April 1955 Onwards On 65th birthday

How do I get my bus pass?

Call us on 01753 475111 or visit MyCouncil at Landmark Place, High Street, Slough for an application form.

You will then need to come to MyCouncil to process your application. Bus pass applications are taken between 10am and 12pm Monday to Friday. You do not need to bring a photo as we will take a photograph of you.

When applying for the first time or renewal, you must bring the following items with you:

  • the application form, completed and signed
  • your passport or birth certificate (medical card or photocard driving licence)
  • proof of address within the borough of Slough e.g. bank statement, or utilities bill (gas or electricity) dated within the last six months.

Remember – if you are of a pensionable age, you must bring proof of age as well as proof of address. We will need proof of identity and a current Department of Works and pensions (DWP) award letter.

How long will I have to wait to get my bus pass?

Once we have processed your application your bus pass will be sent to your home within 7 working days.

If it's been stolen you must report it to the police. They will give you a reference number which you need to give us. If your pass has been lost we will only need you to report this to us and provide proof of your identity and address when you visit to get your new bus pass ordered. Please come between 10am and 12noon, Monday to Friday.

What should I do if I move away from Slough?

Please return your pass to the address below. You will need to apply for a new pass from your new local authority.

Bus Pass Team
My Council
Landmark Place