Help with the cost of transport if you're disabled
You can apply for a disabled person’s bus pass or railcard if you have a condition that makes it hard to get around. You don’t need to have a physical health problem - people with learning disabilities can apply too.
Someone else can apply on your behalf, if you need help with the application.
You’ll only need one pass - called a ‘Smartpass’ - to travel for free or half price by bus or train.
Your nearest Citizens Advice can help you with the application if you need it.
Getting a Smartpass
You’ll be able to travel by train or bus for free with a ‘Smartpass’ if you’re:
- registered as blind
- a war disablement pensioner
You’ll get half price travel if you:
- get the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
- can’t get a driving licence because of a medical condition
- have a learning disability
- are partially sighted
You can find out what evidence you’ll need to show you’re eligible, and apply, on nidirect.gov.
If you can’t get a bus pass
You can visit your nearest Citizens Advice - an adviser will talk to you about your options.
Other help you can get
If you’re eligible for a bus or rail pass, you might also be able to get:
- a car, scooter or powered wheelchair from a charity called Motability
- a Blue Badge - to help you or someone who drives you around park moreconveniently
It’s also worth checking you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to - you can use our benefits checker to easily find out.