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Concessionary travel for older and disabled people


Concessionary travel through the National Entitlement Card (NEC) is available to permanent Scottish residents where one of the following applies:

What does it entitle me to?

Free bus travel across Scotland and reduced rate train travel throughout the Strathclyde Passenger Transport area.

People, aged 60 years of age and over, are entitled to rail concessions, during off peak times, in the Strathclyde area.

Disabled people are entitled to rail concessions, at any time, within the Strathclyde boundaries. People with a visual impairment will also qualify for free bus, rail and ferry travel across Scotland.

Restrictions on bus services

NEC can't be used on certain services, for example premium fare night buses and City Sightseeing Buses.

Who is responsible for the Concessionary Travel Scheme?

Transport Scotland runs the national concessionary travel scheme.

National entitlement cards for North Ayrshire residents are provided by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

How do I apply?

You will need a National Entitlement Card. Then email Freebus@spt.co.uk who will help you with your application. 

Travelling companion

If you are registered blind or disabled, and require someone to accompany you while travelling on bus services, you can apply for a companion entitlement to be added to your card. You will need to provide evidence. This may be an award notice letter from the Department of Work and Pensions or a copy of your blind registration certificate.

Applying on the basis of age

If you are aged 60 years and over, contact the SPT Travel Centre.


Aged 60 and over

Renewals are issued automatically by SPT.

Disabled persons

SPT will write to you, before the expiry date on your card, to request proof of your continued entitlement. If you don't hear from them you should contact your SPT Travel Centre.

If you move address, you must contact SPT to let them know.

Replacement cards

If your card is lost, stolen, or damaged, you should contact the SPT Travel Centre.