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Benefits and eligibility

Travel free on public transport in London, including most National Rail services.

You may be eligible for a Freedom Pass if you:

Get more information from the Freedom Pass website.

If you have a Freedom Pass, you can travel free on most public transport services in London, including National Rail, although time restrictions apply. Find out more about National Rail restrictions.

Eligible disability

You may be eligible for a Freedom Pass if you're:

  • Blind, or partially-sighted, or
  • Profoundly or severely deaf, or
  • Without speech, or
  • Have a disability, or have suffered an injury which makes walking more difficult, or
  • Have no arms, or have a long-term loss of the use of both arms, or
  • Have a learning disability, or
  • Have been refused a licence on the grounds of your disability

Find out more about the Disabled persons Freedom Pass.

Bus roundel Look out for the red roundel on London buses

You can travel free at any time using your Freedom Pass on:

  • Buses in London showing the red roundel
  • Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail - and take up to four under-11s with you for free

You can also travel free at any time on some National Rail services in London:

  • Chiltern Railway services between:
    • Amersham and Marylebone
    • West Ruislip and South Ruislip
  • Great Northern services between Finsbury Park and King's Cross and Moorgate
  • Thameslink services between West Hampstead Thameslink and Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
  • London Northwestern Railway services between Harrow & Wealdstone and Euston
  • Greater Anglia services between Stratford and Liverpool Street
  • c2c services between Upminster and Fenchurch Street

You can travel free from 09:30* on weekdays and any time on weekends and public holidays on most National Rail services in London. This includes the following routes which run parallel to London Overground and TfL Rail:

  • Southern services between New Cross Gate and West Croydon/Crystal Palace, or between Peckham Rye and Queens Park Peckham
  • Southeastern services between Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye
  • Greater Anglia services between Stratford and Harold Wood, or between Liverpool Street and Turkey Street/Clapton
  • Stansted Express services between Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale

(*travel free from 09:00 on Southern services between Clapham Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone for older person's Freedom Pass; travel free at any time for disabled person's Freedom Pass)

Freedom Passes are not valid on the following services:

  • London Northwestern Railway/Southern between Harrow & Wealdstone and Watford Junction
  • Southeastern high speed service between Stratford and St Pancras International
  • Heathrow Connect between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow
  • Arriva Cross Country
  • Heathrow and Gatwick Express services
  • Stansted Express services north of Tottenham Hale (extension fares can be bought for travel to Stansted Airport)
  • Thameslink or Southern services between Coulsdon South and Gatwick Airport (extension fares can be bought for travel to Gatwick Airport)
  • Grand Central, Hull Trains, East Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast, Virgin Trains
  • Any rail services outside of the area shown on the Freedom Pass map

Freedom Passes are not valid for first class travel.

Where and when you can travel free depends on which line you're using. Full information about this and other extensions and restrictions when travelling is on the Freedom Pass website.

Freedom Pass map

Find out where you can use your pass on Tube, DLR, trams, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services.

River Services

Show your Freedom Pass to pay a discounted fare on some river services. Check with the operator for the level of discount.

Emirates Air Line

Show your Freedom Pass to pay the discounted adult-rate Boarding Pass fare.

How to apply for a Freedom Pass

Older person's Freedom Pass

You can apply for an older person's Freedom Pass online or by completing a paper application form available from your local borough.

If you live in Camden, you must apply to your local council for an older person's Freedom Pass.

If you had a 60+ London Oyster photocard and agreed to us sharing your data with London Councils when you applied, London Councils will send you a letter asking you to confirm your name and address.

Once London Councils has received confirmation and agreed you meet the eligibility criteria they will issue you with an older persons Freedom Pass. You do not need to re-apply or send them a new photo.

Disabled person's Freedom Pass

If you have a disability and think you may be eligible for a Freedom Pass, please contact your local council. Find out about a disabled person's Freedom Pass.

Applying for a Freedom Pass

If you're applying for the first time, you'll need:

  • A passport-sized photo
  • Proof of name
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of your address

Using your Freedom Pass

Once you've got your Freedom Pass you can start using it immediately.

Although it's a bit different for each type of transport, you should still use your Freedom Pass like an ordinary Oyster card and touch in and out on the yellow card readers.

Using your Freedom Pass outside London

If you've got a rose symbol on your Freedom Pass, you can use it to travel free on local buses all over England. You can use it between 09:30 and 23:00 on weekdays and at any time on weekends and public holidays.

Concessionary bus passes from outside London

If you're from outside London and have a bus pass issued by another English council, you can use it, at any time, to travel free on buses displaying the red roundel.

You should show your pass to the driver; at the moment they can't be read by the yellow card readers. If the bus you're on doesn't display the red roundel, check with the driver if you can use it; most will let you travel free between 09:30 and 23:00 on weekdays, and at any time on weekends and public holidays.

English National Concessionary Passes issued by English councils outside London can't be used on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail or National Rail services.

Lost, stolen or damaged cards

Find out what to do if your Freedom Pass is lost, stolen or faulty.