Travel Discounts for Seniors

Take advantage of the perks offered to people 50 and older as you make plans for retirement travel.

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Some cruise lines will offer deals when you call and ask. Other discounts might be available on the website as you book a trip.

Whether you’re visiting family or taking a vacation, there are many travel deals available for senior citizens . Some travel discounts for seniors can be found online, while others are available when you call or join an organization. Be ready to read the fine print and ask for details to make sure you are eligible for discounts. You will often be required to show proof of age, such as an ID or membership card.

Some of the senior travel discounts to consider include:

  • Hotel senior discounts.
  • Flight senior discounts.
  • Train senior discounts.
  • Car rental senior discounts.
  • Cruise senior discounts.
  • Admission senior discounts.
  • AAA senior discounts versus AARP senior discounts.

Hotel Senior Discounts

Many chains and local hotels will grant older guests a discount. Ask when making a reservation or look as you book online. Here are a few hotel senior discounts to help you get started:

  • Aqua-Aston Hospitality: Travelers age 50 or older can save up to 15% off the best available rate.
  • Best Western: Guests who are 55 and older could get discounted room rates and free breakfast at participating locations.
  • Cambria Suites: Offers up to 10% off to AARP members.
  • Choice Hotel: Grants AARP cardholders and those 60 and older a 10% discount on advance reservations.
  • IHG: Gives deals and discounts to guests who are 62 and older at participating locations.
  • Marriott: Offers a senior discount rate to those age 62 and older.
  • Red Roof: Gives a 10% discount to seniors 59 and older based on availability.
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Grants guests who are at least 60 years old a senior rate at participating locations.

Flight Senior Discounts

In addition to airline miles you might accumulate through a credit card , look for senior deals when booking a flight. Some airlines change their policies occasionally, so it’s best to ask if you don’t see a discount offered online. Here are a few airline senior discounts to consider:

  • Air France: Offers a senior pass to customers who are at least 65 years old. The pass costs 49 euros a year and includes benefits such as flexible tickets and discounts on flights.
  • British Airways: AARP members can receive between $65 and $200 off round-trip flights.
  • Delta: Provides a senior discount in certain markets. Call to ask about availability.
  • JetBlue: Discounts of 5% for retired military and veterans are available for those enrolled in Veterans Advantage.
  • ParkRideFly: Gives AARP members a 12% savings when booking airport parking.
  • United Airlines: Offers a discounted price to passengers who are 65 and older for selected destinations.

Train Senior Discounts

If you want to see the U.S. or Europe by rail, there are special offers available to seniors. Look for online details or call ahead and ask. You could save between 10% and 30% on your next trip. Try these train senior discounts:

  • Amtrak: 10% off most rail fares for travelers age 65 and older.
  • Eurail Passes: 10% off for Europe train travel if you are 60 and older and purchase a Senior Pass.
  • Grand Canyon Railway: Offers a 15% discount on train tickets to those who are 62 and older.
  • Senior Rail Card: One-third off of UK rail travel for ticket purchasers who are 60 or older.
  • Vacations by Rail: Gives a 5% discount and other benefits to AARP members.

Car Rental Senior Discounts

Many car rental locations will grant seniors a discount. When you rent a car, ask about deals based on age. Here are a few car rental senior discounts to try:

  • Avis: AARP Members can save up to 30% off Avis base rates.
  • Auto Europe: Gives a 5% senior discount to those who book online.
  • Budget: Up to 30% off at participating locations, plus other benefits and offers for AARP members.
  • Sixt: Provides a 5% discount for seniors who are 50 and older.
  • Thrifty: Offers 5% off time and mileage charges to those age 50 and older.
  • Hertz: Savings of up to 20% off base rates for travelers 50 and over at participating locations.
  • ZipCar: Offers $20 off annual membership and a $40 driving credit to AARP members.

Cruise Senior Discounts

Some cruise lines will offer deals when you call and ask. Other discounts might be available on the website as you book a trip. Check out these cruise senior discounts:

  • Carnival: Offers cruises for seniors age 55 and older at lowered rates, although exact prices depend on sailing dates and destinations.
  • Collette Cruise Tours: AARP members can save up to $100 per person on select trips.
  • Grand European Travel: AARP members can save up to $100 per person on certain guided tours.
  • Royal Caribbean: Special prices are available on select cruises for guests aged 55 and older.

Admission Senior Discounts

When booking tickets for a concert, searching for a movie or getting ready to tour a museum or park, find out about senior deals. Many locations will grant a discount if you meet their age requirements and can show proof of age. You might find senior discounts for admissions at the following places:

  • AMC Theatres provides a discount to ticket purchasers who are 60 and older at participating locations.
  • America the Beautiful Senior Pass: $20 for an annual senior pass or $80 for a lifetime pass, which can be used at national parks and federal recreational lands.
  • Art Institute of Chicago: Seniors age 65 and older receive a $8 discount.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: $8 off ticket prices for seniors.
  • Regal Theatres provides discounts to moviegoers who are 60 or older for certain performances.
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame: $6 discount on admission for seniors who are 65 and older.
  • Ticketmaster: AARP members receive discounts on selected events.

AAA Senior Discounts Versus AARP Discounts

The American Automobile Association, commonly called AAA, charges an annual membership fee. In exchange, members receive roadside assistance and additional benefits. The classic membership costs $64.99 a year and provides standard towing, identity theft monitoring, emergency fuel delivery and discounts at over 100,000 locations, including hotels and restaurants. Members can expect to receive a discount for certain electronic products such as HP and Dell. They can get shopping discounts at retailers like Gopuff and 1-800-Flowers. There are also promotions available at LensCrafters and restaurants, including Hard Rock Café and Landry’s.

An AARP membership costs $12 for the first year with automatic renewal. For subsequent years, you’ll pay $16 annually. Members receive benefits related to products and services including insurance, health care, entertainment, travel, restaurants, groceries, and technology and wireless services. Retirees can connect with AARP communities in person and online. There are additional opportunities through AARP including help with job searches and volunteer positions.

When choosing between AAA and AARP, consider your location and lifestyle. There could be certain benefits with one organization that align with your preferences and budget . After joining one, remember to ask when booking if there are discounts available for your membership.

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Benefits and Entitlements

If you're 60 or over or you have a disability, you might be eligible for public transport concessions – from discounts on your rail journeys to a free bus pass.

What transport concessions are available?

Can i get a free bus pass, can i get a discount on rail travel, can i get a london freedom pass, what if i have difficulty using public transport, what if i'm unable to use public transport.

There are several national public transport concessions available to older and disabled people. Some entitle you to discounts on your fares, while others allow you to travel for free.

Eligibility for these concessions depends on whether you have a disability or your age. 

Depending on your age and your circumstances, you might be able to get one of the following free bus passes, which allow you to travel free on local buses:

  • an older person's bus pass
  • a disabled person's bus pass

What age do I have to be to get an older person's bus pass?

You can get an older person's bus pass when you reach State Pension age, which is currently 66 for both women and men.

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If you're 60 or over and live in London, then you can get free travel on buses, trains and other modes of transport in and around London with a 60+ London Oyster photocard.

Apply for your 60+ London Oyster photocard on the TFL website

How can I get a disabled person's bus pass?

There's no central provider of the disabled person's bus pass – to find out if you're eligible and how to apply, you need to get in touch with your local council.

Find your local council and apply for a disabled person's bus pass on GOV.UK

Are there any other discounts if I'm an older person or I'm disabled?

It's a good idea to contact individual transport operators to see if they offer discounts.

For instance, National Express offers Coachcards. These are discount cards for older or disabled customers. You buy them for a set fee of £12.50 and they get you a third off the cost of your travel across the year.

Find out more and order a Coachcard on the National Express website

Depending on your age and circumstances, you might be entitled to one of the below railcards:

  • a Senior Railcard
  • a Disabled Person's Railcard

Both railcards are discount cards. You buy them for a set fee to last either 1 or 3 years and they get you a third off the cost of your train travel.

Can I get a Senior Railcard?

The Senior Railcard is available for anyone aged 60 or over to buy.

You can apply on the Senior Railcard website using a valid passport or UK driving licence as ID. Alternatively, you can apply in person at most staffed railway stations.

Find out more about the Senior Railcard and apply online

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The Disabled Person's Railcard is available to you if you meet one of the following criteria:

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  • you have epilepsy
  • you receive a disability-related benefit, such as  Personal Independence Payment
  • you receive War or Service Disablement pension
  • you receive Attendance Allowance
  • you receive Severe Disablement Allowance
  • you receive War Pensioner's mobility supplement

Find out more about the Disabled Person's Railcard and apply online

Freedom Passes give London residents free travel in the city – including National Rail services, the Underground, buses, river services and trams – and free local bus journeys nationally.

If you live in London, you can apply for a Freedom Pass if one of the following applies to you:

  • you've reached State Pension age
  • you have a disability.

Find out more about Freedom Passes and apply on the London Councils website

National Rail has an interactive tool called Stations Made Easy, designed to help people find their way around stations and find more accessible routes, avoiding potential difficulties like stairs. This may be helpful if you have difficulty using public transport because of your health. 

Find out more and use the tool on the National Rail website

If you're disabled, you can't use public transport, or you don't have access to a car, you might also be able to use a community transport scheme – such as a social car, dial-a-ride, or taxicard scheme.

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Travel Discounts for Seniors

W hether you’re visiting family or taking a vacation, there are many travel deals available for senior citizens . Some travel discounts for seniors can be found online, while others are available when you call or join an organization. Be ready to read the fine print and ask for details to make sure you are eligible for discounts. You will often be required to show proof of age, such as an ID or membership card.

Some of the senior travel discounts to consider include:

  • Hotel senior discounts.
  • Flight senior discounts.
  • Train senior discounts.
  • Car rental senior discounts.
  • Cruise senior discounts.
  • Admission senior discounts.
  • AAA senior discounts versus AARP senior discounts.

Hotel Senior Discounts

Many chains and local hotels will grant older guests a discount. Ask when making a reservation or look as you book online. Here are a few hotel senior discounts to help you get started:

  • Aqua-Aston Hospitality: Travelers age 50 or older can save up to 15% off the best available rate.
  • Best Western: Guests who are 55 and older could get discounted room rates and free breakfast at participating locations.
  • Cambria Suites: Offers up to 10% off to AARP members.
  • Choice Hotel: Grants AARP cardholders and those 60 and older a 10% discount on advance reservations.
  • IHG: Gives deals and discounts to guests who are 62 and older at participating locations.
  • Marriott: Offers a senior discount rate to those age 62 and older.
  • Red Roof: Gives a 10% discount to seniors 59 and older based on availability.
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Grants guests who are at least 60 years old a senior rate at participating locations.

Flight Senior Discounts

In addition to airline miles you might accumulate through a credit card , look for senior deals when booking a flight. Some airlines change their policies occasionally, so it’s best to ask if you don’t see a discount offered online. Here are a few airline senior discounts to consider:

  • Air France: Offers a senior pass to customers who are at least 65 years old. The pass costs 49 euros a year and includes benefits such as flexible tickets and discounts on flights.
  • British Airways: AARP members can receive between $65 and $200 off round-trip flights.
  • Delta: Provides a senior discount in certain markets. Call to ask about availability.
  • JetBlue: Discounts of 5% for retired military and veterans are available for those enrolled in Veterans Advantage.
  • ParkRideFly: Gives AARP members a 12% savings when booking airport parking.
  • United Airlines: Offers a discounted price to passengers who are 65 and older for selected destinations.

Train Senior Discounts

If you want to see the U.S. or Europe by rail, there are special offers available to seniors. Look for online details or call ahead and ask. You could save between 10% and 30% on your next trip. Try these train senior discounts:

  • Amtrak: 10% off most rail fares for travelers age 65 and older.
  • Eurail Passes: 10% off for Europe train travel if you are 60 and older and purchase a Senior Pass.
  • Grand Canyon Railway: Offers a 15% discount on train tickets to those who are 62 and older.
  • Senior Rail Card: One-third off of UK rail travel for ticket purchasers who are 60 or older.
  • Vacations by Rail: Gives a 5% discount and other benefits to AARP members.

Car Rental Senior Discounts

Many car rental locations will grant seniors a discount. When you rent a car, ask about deals based on age. Here are a few car rental senior discounts to try:

  • Avis: AARP Members can save up to 30% off Avis base rates.
  • Auto Europe: Gives a 5% senior discount to those who book online.
  • Budget: Up to 30% off at participating locations, plus other benefits and offers for AARP members.
  • Sixt: Provides a 5% discount for seniors who are 50 and older.
  • Thrifty: Offers 5% off time and mileage charges to those age 50 and older.
  • Hertz: Savings of up to 20% off base rates for travelers 50 and over at participating locations.
  • ZipCar: Offers $20 off annual membership and a $40 driving credit to AARP members.

Cruise Senior Discounts

Some cruise lines will offer deals when you call and ask. Other discounts might be available on the website as you book a trip. Check out these cruise senior discounts:

  • Carnival: Offers cruises for seniors age 55 and older at lowered rates, although exact prices depend on sailing dates and destinations.
  • Collette Cruise Tours: AARP members can save up to $100 per person on select trips.
  • Grand European Travel: AARP members can save up to $100 per person on certain guided tours.
  • Royal Caribbean: Special prices are available on select cruises for guests aged 55 and older.

Admission Senior Discounts

When booking tickets for a concert, searching for a movie or getting ready to tour a museum or park, find out about senior deals. Many locations will grant a discount if you meet their age requirements and can show proof of age. You might find senior discounts for admissions at the following places:

  • AMC Theatres provides a discount to ticket purchasers who are 60 and older at participating locations.
  • America the Beautiful Senior Pass: $20 for an annual senior pass or $80 for a lifetime pass, which can be used at national parks and federal recreational lands.
  • Art Institute of Chicago: Seniors age 65 and older receive a $8 discount.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: $8 off ticket prices for seniors.
  • Regal Theatres provides discounts to moviegoers who are 60 or older for certain performances.
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame: $6 discount on admission for seniors who are 65 and older.
  • Ticketmaster: AARP members receive discounts on selected events.

AAA Senior Discounts Versus AARP Discounts

The American Automobile Association, commonly called AAA, charges an annual membership fee. In exchange, members receive roadside assistance and additional benefits. The classic membership costs $64.99 a year and provides standard towing, identity theft monitoring, emergency fuel delivery and discounts at over 100,000 locations, including hotels and restaurants. Members can expect to receive a discount for certain electronic products such as HP and Dell. They can get shopping discounts at retailers like Gopuff and 1-800-Flowers. There are also promotions available at LensCrafters and restaurants, including Hard Rock Café and Landry’s.

An AARP membership costs $12 for the first year with automatic renewal. For subsequent years, you’ll pay $16 annually. Members receive benefits related to products and services including insurance, health care, entertainment, travel, restaurants, groceries, and technology and wireless services. Retirees can connect with AARP communities in person and online. There are additional opportunities through AARP including help with job searches and volunteer positions.

When choosing between AAA and AARP, consider your location and lifestyle. There could be certain benefits with one organization that align with your preferences and budget . After joining one, remember to ask when booking if there are discounts available for your membership.

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How to Buy and Use the National Park Pass for Seniors

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If you're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident age 62 years or older who likes to travel, you'll want to buy a Senior Pass. The Senior Pass allows free access and discounts at National Parks and other federal recreation sites. The official name of the Senior Pass is America the Beautiful—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. This pass replaced the Golden Age Passport.  

General Information About the Senior Pass

The Senior Pass is a card available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents aged 62 years and older. It provides access to recreation areas managed by six federal agencies, including National Parks . It also provides the pass owner a discount on some amenity fees, such as camping.

As of August 2017, the cost of a lifetime Senior Pass is $80. An annual pass is $20. A yearly pass can be traded for a lifetime pass if four annual passes were purchased in four consecutive years. Annual passes cover two people. Yearly passes do not cover expanded amenity fees (e.g., camping).

If you have one of the older Golden Age Passports, know that they are still valid for a lifetime and are equivalent to the new Senior Pass. Plastic Golden Age Passports are good for a lifetime. However, if you want the new Senior Pass, you may purchase one with proof of identification (e.g., driver's license, birth certificate, or similar government-issued document). Paper Golden Age Passports will be exchanged free for the new Senior Passes with proof of identification (e.g., driver's license, birth certificate, or similar government-issued document).

To be eligible for a pass, you must have turned 62 and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. A Senior Pass can be obtained in person from a participating federal recreation site or office. Passes can also be purchased by mail or online at these participating agencies. Additional fees may apply.

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation  
  • Fish and Wildlife Service  
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • USDA Forest Service

Purchase a pass online by uploading documentation issued by an authorized U.S. agency that proves U.S. citizenship or permanent residence and your birthdate. Acceptable documentation is a driver's license, passport, green card, U.S. birth certificate, or state-issued identification card.

Purchase a pass by mail and include photocopies of documentation showing your citizenship, permanent residence, and birthdate.

If your pass doesn't arrive before your trip, purchase a pass when you arrive at the recreation site. After your pass comes, return it for a refund. Do not sign it before returning it.

Senior Passes are not transferable even between spouses.

The Senior Pass admits pass owners and passengers on bicycles or in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas, and the pass owner plus three adults, not to exceed four adults, where per-person fees are charged. Children younger than 16 years are always free. Only the vehicle with the pass owner is covered. A second vehicle is subject to an entrance fee or must have (or buy) a second pass. This applies even if you are traveling together on two motorcycles.

The Senior Pass may also provide the pass owner a discount on some expanded amenity fees such as camping, swimming, boat launching, guided tours, transportation systems, and special-use permit fees. Discounts do not apply at onsite bookstores or gift shops.

Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership.

The Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers honor the Senior Pass at sites where entrance or standard amenity fees are charged.

In addition, the Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Senior Pass. Visitors are always encouraged to contact the site they plan to visit and inquire about pass acceptance before visiting.

The Senior Pass is not replaceable if lost or stolen. You can either buy another Senior Pass with proper documentation or pay the applicable entrance or standard amenity fee(s).

A damaged Senior Pass can be replaced for free at a recreation site as long as identification is provided to validate ownership and a portion of the pass is identifiable. You can also get a replacement card by mail by returning the damaged pass. Replacement by mail requires a processing fee.

Additional Benefits of the Senior Pass

At many sites, the lifetime Senior Pass provides the pass owner a discount on expanded amenity fees (e.g., camping, swimming, boat launching, guided tours). Annual passes do not cover these amenities. Inquire at the places you plan to visit.

The pass program is managed by six federal agencies that operate under different regulations and have different fees. Therefore, the discount program for the Senior Pass is not handled the same way on all federal recreation lands. The best advice is always to inquire locally.

In general, discounts are honored as follows:

  • Individual campsites : The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsites occupied by the pass owner's party members.
  • Campsites with utility hookups : There is no discount if utility fees are charged separately. The discount may apply if the utility fee is combined (seamless) with the campsite fee.
  • Group campsites and facilities (including, but not limited to, group facilities, picnic areas, or pavilions): There is no discount for group campsites and other group facilities that charge a flat fee. If the group campsite has a per-person fee rate, only the pass owner receives a discount; others using the site pay the full cost.
  • Guided tours : The pass offers discounts on some guided tours. Only the pass owner receives a discount if one is provided.
  • Transportation systems : Inquire locally.
  • Concessionaire fees : Inquire locally.
  • Special use permit fees : Inquire locally.

Since the pass program is managed by six federal agencies that operate under different regulations and charge different types of fees, it can be confusing to sort out prices and terminology and to distinguish between a "federally managed facility/activity" versus a "concession-managed facility/activity." Your best bet is to inquire locally regarding your fee and pass-acceptance-related questions.

The Senior Pass does not cover discounts in on-site bookstores or gift stores. The Senior Pass is valid only at participating federal recreation sites.

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Guide: How to Get Free Bus Pass for Senior Citizens

Are you a senior citizen looking for a convenient and affordable way to travel? Look no further! In this guide, we will show you how to get a free bus pass specifically designed for senior citizens. With this pass, you can enjoy discounted or even free transportation services, allowing you to explore your city with ease and save money at the same time.

Getting a free bus pass for seniors is easier than you might think. By understanding the eligibility criteria and application process, you can access the benefits of various programs available in your area. Not only will you gain access to essential destinations like medical appointments and grocery stores, but you’ll also have the freedom and independence to travel without relying on a personal vehicle.

Key Takeaways:

  • Applying for a free bus pass for seniors opens up affordable transportation options.
  • Senior citizens who are 65 years or older are typically eligible for free or discounted passes.
  • Some programs extend eligibility to individuals with disabilities or low income.
  • The application process varies, but it often requires proof of age, residency, and income.
  • Free bus passes provide seniors with the freedom to travel and save money on transportation costs.

Eligibility for Free Bus Pass

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Senior citizens who are 65 years or older are typically eligible for free or discounted bus passes. Some programs may also extend eligibility to individuals with disabilities or those with low income. These programs aim to provide transportation services specifically for seniors, ensuring that they can access essential destinations such as medical appointments, grocery stores, and community centers.

Being eligible for a free bus pass can greatly benefit senior citizens, as it helps them maintain their independence and mobility. It allows them to travel to important locations without relying on others or spending a significant amount of money on transportation. Additionally, these programs ensure that seniors are able to access crucial services and resources in their community, promoting their overall well-being.

It is important for seniors to be aware of the eligibility criteria for free bus passes and the specific requirements of the programs in their area. By understanding the qualifications and application process, seniors can take advantage of the transportation services available to them and enjoy the convenience and affordability of free or discounted bus passes.

Eligibility Criteria for Free Bus Pass:

  • Age: Typically 65 years or older
  • Disability: Some programs extend eligibility to individuals with disabilities
  • Income: Certain programs may consider low income as a factor for eligibility

By meeting these criteria, seniors can qualify for free or discounted bus passes and access the transportation services they need. It is recommended that seniors contact their local government or transportation authorities for more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for a free bus pass.

Eligibility Criteria for Free Bus Pass Table:

Application process for senior citizen bus pass.

Applying for a senior citizen bus pass is a straightforward process that varies depending on the program and location. To get started, seniors will typically need to fill out an application form and provide supporting documentation. The application form can usually be obtained online, at government offices, or through community organizations.

When filling out the application form, seniors will need to provide personal information such as their name, address, and contact details. They may also be required to include proof of age, residency, and income. This can be in the form of documents like a birth certificate, utility bill, or income tax return.

Additionally, some programs may require seniors to submit a photo ID along with their application. This can be a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued identification card. It is important to carefully review the application requirements and provide all necessary documentation to ensure a smooth application process.

Once the application is complete, it can be submitted through the designated channels. This can include mailing the application, dropping it off in person, or submitting it online. Seniors should follow the instructions provided by the program or agency to ensure their application is received and processed in a timely manner.

Overall, the application process for a senior citizen bus pass is designed to be accessible and user-friendly. By providing the necessary information and documentation, seniors can take advantage of government programs that offer free or discounted bus passes, enabling them to travel conveniently and affordably.

Benefits of Free Bus Pass for Seniors

Benefits of Free Bus Pass for Seniors

Having a free bus pass for seniors comes with a multitude of benefits that greatly enhance their quality of life. Let’s explore some of the key advantages:

1. Freedom and Independence

One of the primary benefits of a free bus pass is the newfound freedom and independence it provides to seniors. With access to public transportation, seniors can travel to various locations without relying on a personal vehicle or depending on others for transportation. This is especially valuable for those who no longer drive or have limited mobility, allowing them to maintain an active lifestyle and engage in social activities.

2. Cost Savings

A free bus pass can significantly reduce transportation costs for seniors, allowing them to allocate their resources towards other essential needs. Instead of spending money on fuel, maintenance, and parking fees for a personal vehicle, seniors can take advantage of the discounted or free bus pass to save money. This financial relief allows seniors to better manage their budgets and potentially improve their overall financial well-being.

3. Access to Essential Services

With a free bus pass, seniors have improved access to essential services such as medical appointments, grocery stores, community centers, and recreational facilities. This ensures that seniors can maintain their health and well-being by easily reaching important destinations. Whether it’s attending medical appointments or participating in social activities, the free bus pass enables seniors to stay connected to their communities and access the resources they need.

Overall, a free bus pass for seniors offers invaluable benefits, including enhanced mobility, cost savings, and improved access to vital services. By leveraging these benefits, seniors can lead more independent and fulfilling lives while staying connected with their communities.

Reduced Fare Programs

Reduced Fare Programs

As part of their commitment to serving senior citizens, many public transportation systems offer reduced fare programs . These programs are designed to provide affordable transportation options for seniors, ensuring they can easily access essential services and activities. Eligible seniors can apply for a reduced fare card or tap card, which grants them access to discounted rates on bus and rail travel.

Reduced fare programs are an important component of senior citizen transportation services . They help alleviate the financial burden of transportation costs for seniors, making it more feasible for them to use public transportation as a primary mode of travel. By offering discounted rates, these programs enable seniors to maintain their independence and mobility without breaking their budget.

The availability and details of reduced fare programs may vary depending on the transit system and location. Seniors interested in applying for a reduced fare card should research the specific requirements and procedures for their area. This will ensure they have all the necessary documentation and information needed to complete the application process.

Benefits of Reduced Fare Programs:

  • Affordable transportation for seniors
  • Increased mobility and independence
  • Access to essential services and activities
  • Reduced financial burden

By participating in reduced fare programs, seniors can enjoy the many benefits of affordable transportation. These programs not only support the physical and mental well-being of seniors but also contribute to the overall livability of communities.

DART GoPass Tap Card

DART GoPass Tap Card

The DART GoPass Tap Card is a popular reduced fare program that provides a 50% discount on public transportation fares for qualifying seniors, youth, persons with disabilities, and individuals based on income. With the GoPass Tap Card, eligible seniors aged 65 or older can enjoy affordable transportation options, making it easier for them to travel to various destinations. This card can be used for buses, trains, and TRE services, offering a convenient and cost-effective solution for senior citizens.

The application process for the GoPass Tap Card is simple and straightforward. Seniors can apply by filling out an online application form, providing the necessary documentation, and verifying their eligibility. Once the application is processed and approved, the GoPass Tap Card will be mailed to the senior’s address within 15 business days. Upon receiving the card, seniors can start using it to access the discounted fares and enjoy the benefits of reduced transportation costs.

Having the DART GoPass Tap Card allows seniors to maintain their independence and mobility without the need for a personal vehicle. It also provides them with the flexibility to travel to various locations conveniently and affordably. Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, a medical appointment, or a visit to a community center, the GoPass Tap Card ensures that seniors can access the transportation they need without breaking their budget. By utilizing this reduced fare program, seniors can enhance their quality of life and stay connected to their community.

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“The DART GoPass Tap Card has been a game-changer for me. It has made getting around so much more affordable and convenient. I no longer have to worry about the costs of transportation and can easily travel to places like the grocery store and my doctor’s appointments without any hassle. I highly recommend it to all eligible seniors!” – Mary, 68

Reduced Fare ID (RFID) Card

The Reduced Fare ID (RFID) Card is a valuable program that offers eligible seniors the opportunity to access transportation services at a reduced cost. This card provides a half-price fare and is available for seniors aged 65 and older, Medicare card holders, and riders with disabilities. Having an RFID Card not only helps seniors save money on transportation expenses but also ensures they can easily travel to their desired destinations.

With the Reduced Fare ID Card , eligible seniors can enjoy a variety of benefits. The reduced fare allows them to access public transportation conveniently and affordably, enabling them to maintain their independence and stay connected with their community. Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, a medical appointment, or a visit to a community center, the Reduced Fare ID Card offers a practical solution for seniors’ transportation needs.

Applying for the RFID Card is a straightforward process. Seniors can typically complete the application online or submit a printed form. The application requires proof of eligibility, such as a valid government-issued ID, Medicare card, or disability identification. Once approved, seniors will receive their RFID Card , which must be presented to receive the reduced fare. In the event of a lost or damaged card, it can be replaced for a fee, ensuring continued access to discounted transportation services.

By offering reduced fares for seniors, the RFID Card program aims to enhance the quality of life for older individuals. It not only provides a practical solution for transportation needs but also promotes independence, social engagement, and overall well-being. With the Reduced Fare ID Card , seniors can navigate their community with ease and confidence, ensuring they can continue to enjoy all that life has to offer.

Applying for a Reduced Fare Card

Applying for a reduced fare card is a straightforward process that varies depending on the transit system. To begin the application, seniors can visit the transit system’s website or go to a transit store to pick up an application form. Some transit systems also provide the option to request an application by mail.

When completing the application, it is important to follow the provided instructions and provide all necessary documentation. Typically, seniors will need to provide a valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID, to verify their age. For those eligible based on disability or income, additional documentation may be required, such as a Medicare card or proof of income.

Once the application is complete, it can be submitted through the designated process. This may involve mailing the application, submitting it online, or returning it to a transit store. It is important to keep a copy of the application for reference and to track the progress of the application.

Table: Required Documentation for Applying for a Reduced Fare Card

After the transit system receives the application, it will be processed, and a decision on eligibility will be made. Once approved, seniors will receive their reduced fare card by mail or can pick it up at a designated location. It is important to review the instructions provided by the transit system to understand how to activate and use the reduced fare card.

By following the application process for a reduced fare card, seniors can access the benefits of discounted or free transportation services. This not only provides them with affordable transportation options but also supports their overall well-being and independence.

Accessible Touch Pass: Convenient Payment Options for Seniors

Accessible Touch Pass

Seniors who have an RFID or CapMetro Access ID Card can take advantage of the Accessible Touch Pass , a convenient payment option that simplifies bus and fixed-route services. With the Accessible Touch Pass , seniors can easily pay for their fare without the need for physical cash or tickets, enhancing the ease of using public transportation. This payment option is designed to provide a seamless experience for seniors, ensuring that they can travel comfortably and efficiently.

The Accessible Touch Pass comes in various formats to suit seniors’ preferences and needs. It can be in the form of a key fob, a bus pass-sized card, or a wearable wristband. This flexibility allows seniors to choose the format that is most convenient for them and their lifestyle. Seniors can purchase or reload the Accessible Touch Pass at the Transit Store, making it easily accessible for anyone who wishes to utilize this payment option.

By implementing the Accessible Touch Pass, transportation systems cater specifically to the needs of seniors, providing them with a user-friendly and efficient method of payment. This ensures that seniors can travel independently and comfortably, without facing any obstacles or challenges when it comes to paying for their transportation. The Accessible Touch Pass is just one example of how transportation systems are adapting to meet the needs of seniors and enhance their overall experience.

The Importance of Physical Activity for Seniors

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Regular physical activity is crucial for seniors to maintain their overall health and well-being. Exercise helps improve strength, stamina, and balance, reducing the risk of falls and accidents. It also lowers the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Additionally, regular exercise has been shown to improve mental health and cognitive function in older adults.

Engaging in physical activity can offer a wide range of benefits for seniors. It helps to manage weight, reduce joint pain, and improve flexibility. Exercise also enhances mood and reduces the risk of depression and anxiety. It promotes better sleep patterns and boosts energy levels, allowing seniors to stay active and engaged in their daily lives. Furthermore, physical activity can help maintain bone density and muscle mass, which are essential for maintaining mobility and independence as we age.

It’s important for seniors to find activities that they enjoy and can easily incorporate into their daily routines. This can include activities such as walking, swimming, yoga, gardening, or even dancing. It’s recommended that seniors aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, along with muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days. However, it’s essential for seniors to consult with their healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program to ensure it’s safe and suitable for their individual needs and abilities.

The Benefits of Regular Exercise for Seniors:

  • Improved strength, stamina, and balance
  • Reduced risk of falls and accidents
  • Lowered risk of chronic diseases
  • Enhanced mental health and cognitive function
  • Weight management and joint pain reduction
  • Increased flexibility and mobility
  • Better sleep patterns and energy levels
  • Maintained bone density and muscle mass

Incorporating regular physical activity into the daily lives of seniors is crucial for their overall well-being. It not only helps them stay physically fit and healthy but also improves mental health and enhances their quality of life. By promoting the importance of physical activity, we can support seniors in maintaining their independence, vitality, and longevity.

The Role of Free Bus Passes in Promoting Physical Activity

Studies have shown that free bus pass programs for seniors can play a significant role in promoting physical activity. Seniors with access to free bus passes are more likely to engage in regular walking and “active travel,” which includes walking, cycling, and using public transport. Free bus passes not only provide transportation but also encourage seniors to incorporate exercise into their daily routines. This can have a positive impact on their health and well-being.

By removing the financial barrier of transportation costs, free bus passes enable seniors to explore their communities and access various destinations. They can easily visit parks, engage in recreational activities, and attend fitness classes. This increased mobility and exposure to physical activity opportunities contribute to a more active and healthier lifestyle for seniors. It also promotes social interaction and reduces feelings of isolation or loneliness.

The availability of free bus passes also encourages seniors to choose active modes of transportation instead of relying solely on private vehicles or sedentary options. Walking to and from bus stops, cycling to nearby destinations, or even using public transport itself requires some level of physical exertion. These small changes in daily routines can add up to significant health benefits over time.

Benefits of Free Bus Passes in Promoting Physical Activity

1. Increased accessibility to recreational facilities and fitness centers.

2. Opportunities for regular walking and “active travel” in daily routines.

3. Reduces reliance on private vehicles, promoting more sustainable and environmentally-friendly transportation options.

4. Encourages social interaction and participation in community events.

5. Improves overall health and well-being by incorporating physical activity into seniors’ lifestyles.

“Having a free bus pass has encouraged me to explore my neighborhood more. I walk to the bus stop and enjoy the short walk to various destinations. It’s not only convenient but also keeps me active and engaged with my community.” – Elizabeth, senior bus pass holder
  • Apply for a free bus pass program in your area.
  • Submit the required documents and information.
  • Wait for the approval process to be completed.
  • Receive your free bus pass and start enjoying the benefits!

In conclusion , obtaining a free bus pass for senior citizens is a valuable opportunity that provides numerous benefits. By understanding the eligibility criteria and application process, seniors can easily access these benefits and enjoy affordable and convenient transportation options.

Free bus passes not only support seniors in their transportation needs but also promote their overall health and well-being. These passes enable seniors to stay physically active by encouraging them to engage in regular walking and active travel. By incorporating exercise into their daily routines, seniors can improve their strength, stamina, balance, and reduce the risk of falls and accidents.

Communities play a crucial role in recognizing the importance of providing accessible and affordable transportation options for seniors. By implementing and supporting free bus pass programs, communities can enhance the quality of life for their senior citizens. It is essential to continue advocating for these programs and ensuring that seniors have the resources they need to stay connected, independent, and physically active.

How can seniors obtain a free bus pass?

Seniors can obtain a free bus pass through various programs and options available in their area. These programs provide discounted or free transportation services to eligible seniors, allowing them to travel conveniently and affordably.

Who is eligible for a free bus pass for senior citizens?

Senior citizens who are 65 years or older are typically eligible for free or discounted bus passes. Some programs may also extend eligibility to individuals with disabilities or those with low income.

What is the application process for a senior citizen bus pass?

The application process for a senior citizen bus pass varies depending on the program and location. In many cases, seniors will need to fill out an application form and provide necessary documentation such as proof of age, residency, and income. Some programs may also require a photo ID.

What are the benefits of having a free bus pass for seniors?

Having a free bus pass for seniors provides them with the freedom and independence to travel to various locations without the need for a personal vehicle. It also helps seniors save money on transportation costs, allowing them to allocate their resources towards other essential needs.

What are reduced fare programs for seniors?

Reduced fare programs for seniors are offered by many public transportation systems. These programs provide discounted rates for bus and rail travel, making it more affordable for seniors to use public transportation.

What is the DART GoPass Tap Card?

The DART GoPass Tap Card is a popular reduced fare program that provides a 50% discount on public transportation fares for qualifying seniors, youth, persons with disabilities, and individuals based on income. This tap card can be used for buses, trains, and TRE services.

What is the Reduced Fare ID (RFID) Card?

The Reduced Fare ID (RFID) Card is another type of reduced fare program available for seniors. This card enables eligible riders to receive a half-price fare and is valid for 2 years. Seniors aged 65 and older, Medicare card holders, and riders with disabilities are eligible to apply for the RFID Card.

How can seniors apply for a reduced fare card?

The process for applying for a reduced fare card varies depending on the transit system. Seniors can apply online, pick up an application at a transit store, or request an application by mail. The application typically requires proof of eligibility, such as a valid government-issued ID, Medicare card, or disability identification.

What is the Accessible Touch Pass?

The Accessible Touch Pass is a payment option available for seniors who have an RFID or CapMetro Access ID Card. This pass allows for easier payment on buses and fixed-route services, offering convenience and accessibility for seniors. The pass comes in various formats, including a key fob, a bus pass-sized card, and a wearable wristband.

Why is physical activity important for seniors?

Regular physical activity is crucial for seniors to maintain their overall health and well-being. Exercise helps improve strength, stamina, and balance, reducing the risk of falls and accidents. It also lowers the risk of chronic diseases and improves mental health.

How do free bus passes promote physical activity for seniors?

Studies have shown that free bus pass programs for seniors can play a significant role in promoting physical activity. Seniors with access to free bus passes are more likely to engage in regular walking and “active travel,” which includes walking, cycling, and using public transport. Free bus passes not only provide transportation but also encourage seniors to incorporate exercise into their daily routines.

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Remember that discount policies can change throughout the year.  Our best advice for discount shoppers is to ask ahead of time so there are no surprises.

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Senior Discounts On Airline Tickets

American Airlines: Various discounts for 65 and up (call directly about possible senior discounts, only available for certain markets and flights). Southwest Airlines : Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call to apply senior discount). verified British Airlines: AARP members can save up to $200 on flights. Click here to book travel. verified United Airlines : Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call to apply senior discount). verified U.S. Airways:  Has merged with American Airlines (see above). verified

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Senior Discounts on Car Rentals

Alamo Car Rental: Up to 25% off for AARP members verified Avis Senior Discounts:  AARP members save $10-$25 off Avis Car Rental  verified Budget Rent-A-Car Senior Discount : Everyday savings of 10-25% on all vehicles (domestic and international). Use Budget Customer Discount (BCD) # Y508537 to get the lowest rate(s) for AARP members (50+) verified Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+) Hertz Senior Discount : Hertz offers exclusive rental car deals for renters 50+. Use discount code CDP# 2007815. verified Payless Senior Discount : AARP members enjoy discounts at Payless Car Rental, including everyday savings of 5% on leisure daily, weekly, weekend, and monthly rates. Use Payless Promo Code KW47RY verified

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Senior Discounts on Hotels

Senior Discounts on Hotels

Best Western Senior Discount : 10% or more for AARP or senior guests (55+) verified Cambria Suites  Senior Discount: (Choice Hotels) “Senior Rate”:  If you are 60+ or an AARP member, you'll save up to 10% with advance reservations. Just select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate dropdown or request the Senior Rate* when you call 800-4CHOICE (800-424-6423). (60+) verified Candlewood Suites :  Discounts vary (62+) verified Clarion Hotels – (Choice Hotels) “Senior Rate”:  If you are 60+ or an AARP member, you'll save up to 10% with advance reservations. Just select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate dropdown or request the Senior Rate* when you call 800-4CHOICE (800-424-6423). (60+) verified Comfort Inn  Senior Discount : (Choice Hotels) “Senior Rate”:  If you are 60+ or an AARP member, you'll save up to 10% with advance reservations. Just select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate dropdown or request the Senior Rate* when you call 800-4CHOICE (800-424-6423). (60+) verified Comfort Suites – (Choice Hotels) “Senior Rate”:  If you are 60+ or an AARP member, you'll save up to 10% with advance reservations. Just select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate dropdown or request the Senior Rate* when you call 800-4CHOICE (800-424-6423). (60+) verified

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Crown Plaza :  Discounts vary (62+) verified Days Inn :  Discounts vary (60+) You can also call 1-800-225-3297 and request the “senior rate”  verified Hampton Inn & Suites – AARP members save 10% verified Holiday Inn  Senior Discounts :  Discounts vary (62+) or with valid membership ID of a retired persons organization. verified Howard Johnson Hotel  Discounts :  Discounts off best available rate (60+) You can also call 1-800-225-3297 and request the “senior rate”.   verified Hyatt Senior Discounts :  Up to 50% off (62+) verified Knights Inn :  Up to 10% off (60+) verified La Quinta  Inn Senior Discount :  Discounts vary (65+) verified Marriott Senior Discount :  15% off (62+) verified Motel 6 :  10% off (60+), AMAC members 10% off by using code CP545906 verified Sleep Inn – (Choice Hotels) “Senior Rate” :  If you are 60+ or an AARP member, you'll save up to 10% with advance reservations. Just select “Senior/AARP” from the special rate dropdown or request the Senior Rate* when you call 800-4CHOICE (800-424-6423). (60+) verified Super 8 :  Seniors save 10% off (up to 20% with AARP card) verified Travelodge Senior Discount :  Discounts vary (60+) verified Wyndham Hotels :  Up to 20% with AARP card, AMAC members 20% off verified

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Cruise Discounts For Seniors

The cruise lines are always offering discounted fares for one reason or another.  Make sure you call your favorite cruise line to make sure you're getting the best deal for the month in which you're cruising.  In most cases, the big cruise lines like Carnival Cruises , Norwegian, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Caribbean will offer discounts to those travelers that are 55 and older . (Be sure to ask).

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Other Travel Discounts for Seniors

National Parks Senior Lifetime Pass : A $10.00 **Lifetime Pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies (62+). **Note – This price increases to $80 on Aug. 28, 2017   verified Greyhound : 5% discount (62+) verified Amtrak Senior Discounts : Amtrak travelers (62+) years of age and over are eligible to receive a 15% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains. On cross-border services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, a 10% Senior discount is applicable to travelers (60+). verified

Other Senior Discounts:

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For over a decade, Chris has been writing about senior discounts and deals. He finds the hunt for discounts rewarding because it allows him to take care of older adults by offering them senior-specific pricing. As the son of two social workers, Chris has spent his whole life advocating for the betterment of others. When he isn’t researching senior discounts, Chris enjoys fishing, spending time with his sons, and rooting for his favorite team, the Portland Trail Blazers. Learn more about Chris here

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⅓ off train tickets for anyone aged 60+.

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Great for: Seniors, grandparents, and retirees

1- or 3-year validity available Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

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Save 1/3 off train travel all year round

Your digital only Railcard lives on your phone in the Trainline app

Save £20 with a 3-year Senior Railcard

What is a Senior Railcard?

A Senior Railcard, also known as the Over 60 Railcard, the Senior Citizens Railcard, or OAP Railcard, is a discount card that makes train travel cheaper for anyone aged 60+. With a Senior Railcard, you can save 1/3 on all Standard and First Class  Anytime, Off-Peak , and Advance tickets throughout Britain. You can also link your Senior Railcard with an Oyster Card to get 1/3 off Off-Peak travel around London.

How much is a Senior Railcard?

A Senior Railcard costs just £30 for one year or £70 for three years.

Where can I find my Senior Railcard?

Your digital Senior Railcard lives on your phone under 'Railcards' in the account section of the Trainline app. Because it's digital only, you won't need a paper copy of it to use your Senior Railcard discount!

Who can use a Senior Railcard?

Anyone aged 60 or over can use a Senior Railcard.

When can I use a Senior Railcard?

A Senior Railcard can be used on discounted over 60's tickets for travel across the National Rail network at any time of day – except for journeys within the London and South East area during morning Peak hours – and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. To see the full list of ticket types a Senior Railcard discount is valid for, visit our Railcards terms of use guide .

How to buy your digital Senior Railcard

You'll need to have iOS 15.0 and above or Lollipop on Android to get your digital Senior Railcard on your phone. Don’t have our app yet? Download it now and follow these easy steps to buy your Senior Railcard today with us.

Tap 'Buy 1-year for £30' or 'Buy 3-year for £70' (if applicable) to get the Railcard you want on your phone

Enter your first and last name (and date of birth if you need to prove your age)

Upload a digital passport-style photo for your Railcard from your phone

Sign in to your Trainline account on the app and buy your digital Railcard

You’ll find your new Railcard under 'Railcards' in the Account tab of the app. Please make sure you're signed into the app with the same account you used to buy your Railcard

How to use a Senior Railcard to buy train tickets

Once you've purchased a digital Senior Railcard with us, you can use it to save money on rail fares in the following easy steps.

  • When searching for tickets on our website or in our app, tap add a Railcard and scroll down to select Senior Railcard from the list
  • We'll automatically apply your Railcard savings and show you the discounted price
  • Book your train tickets as a digital ticket, or to be collected at the station
  • Bring the device your digital Railcard is stored on along for your train journey, to show to a ticket inspector if asked

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3-year Senior Railcard discount

You can enjoy even better savings if you opt for a 3-year Senior Railcard, especially if you plan to be doing a lot of travelling over the next 3 years. The 3-year option costs just £70, meaning you save £20 on the cost of three individual Senior Railcards. What's more, you won't need to worry about renewing your Senior Railcard every year after it expires.

Popular journeys booked with a Senior Railcard discount

Check out some of the most popular rail journeys our customers are booking with a Senior Railcard discount at the moment.

Manchester to London

Off-Peak Single

£43.60 ‡ with a Railcard

£66.10 without

You save £22.50

London to Manchester

Liverpool to london, birmingham to london.

£27.55 ‡ with a Railcard

£41.80 without

You save £14.25

Your digital Senior Railcard lives on our app

Your digital Senior Railcard is added to your Trainline account, so you can access it on any compatible device you travel with. Please be aware that the minimum Operating System (OS) required for your Senior Railcard is iOS 15.0 and above or Lollipop on Android. There are no device limits or download codes needed.

Can I have more than one Railcard?

Absolutely. In fact, having more than one Railcard can help you save even more. You can store and manage multiple Railcards easily in our app.

The Senior Railcard goes well with a Family & Friends Railcard

For ages 60+ Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Conditions apply

Digital only Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices . No download codes are needed!

Family & Friends Railcard

For up to four adults and four children aged 5-15 Adults get 1/3 off, children get a 60% discount. At least 1 adult and 1 child must travel together. Conditions apply

Great for: Anyone who travels in groups with children - no relation necessary

Other Railcards available in the UK

16-17 saver.

Great for: School and college students

16-25 Railcard

Great for: Teenagers, students, graduates, and young professionals

26-30 Railcard

Great for: Millennials, graduates, and young professionals

Disabled Persons Railcard

Great for: People with a disability that makes travelling by train difficult

Veterans Railcard

Great for: UK Veterans and Merchant Mariners

Network Railcard

Great for: Commuters and Londoners

Two Together Railcard

Great for: Friends, couples, flatmates, or colleagues who regularly travel together

Frequently asked questions

Buying a senior railcard, what is an oap railcard.

The OAP Railcard, better known as the ‘Senior Railcard’, is a discount card specifically for senior citizens. It gives people aged 60 and over 1/3 off rail fares throughout Great Britain.

Do I need a photo for a Senior Railcard?

Yes. You will be asked to provide a passport, driving licence or EEA National Identity Card number and you will also need a digital passport-style photo.

How much is a 3-year Senior Railcard?

A 3-year Senior Railcard costs just £70, saving you £20 on the price of three 1-year Railcards instantly.

If I buy a Senior Railcard with Trainline, can I use it with tickets bought elsewhere?

Yes. Although your Railcard will live in your Trainline App, it can still be used with tickets bought elsewhere.

What do I need to buy a Senior Railcard?

All you need is a passport-style photo saved to your device and a valid passport or driving licence as proof of eligibility.

What age do I have to be to buy a Senior Railcard?

You're eligible for a Senior Railcard if you are 60 years old or over.

Getting a digital Senior Railcard

What is a digital senior railcard.

A digital Senior Railcard is stored within the Trainline app on your smartphone or tablet, meaning there’s no need to carry the paper Railcard around with you. Plus, you can use it as soon as you've bought it, as it does not need to be sent in the post.

How do I use my digital Senior Railcard?

Once you’ve bought your digital Senior Railcard online with us, you’ll just need to enter your departure and arrival station, select the start date of your ticket and the number of people travelling, then select ‘Senior Railcard’ from the drop-down menu – the 1/3 savings will be applied automatically to your booking.

Do digital Senior Railcards work on older iPhone models?

Digital Senior Railcards bought through Trainline will only work on iPhones using iOS 15.0 and above. As such, some older iPhone models running iOS versions below iOS 15.0 may not be able to support Railcards. Make sure you check which software version your iPhone is running before purchasing a Railcard.

Can I get a paper Senior Railcard with Trainline?

No, you can get a digital only Senior Railcard with Trainline. This means that your Railcard will be stored in your Trainline app and you won’t need a paper copy of it to take advantage of your Senior Railcard discount.

Using a Senior Railcard

Can i use a senior railcard on heathrow express.

Yes, you can use a Senior Railcard to save on Heathrow Express tickets , as well as other airport-bound services like Gatwick Express and Stansted Express .

Can I use my Senior Railcard on Eurostar services?

No, you can't use your Senior Railcard to buy discounted Eurostar tickets (UK Railcard discounts are not applicable to Eurostar services ).

Can I use my Senior Railcard on Transport for London services?

You can get a 1/3 discount on off-peak Oyster pay-as-you-go travel if you link your Senior Railcard to your Oyster card. You can also use the railcard to purchase Off Peak Day Travelcards for travel on the weekends and bank holidays, and after 9:30am on weekdays. However, if you live in a London Borough and you're over 60, you can apply for the 60+ Oyster Photocard which gets you  free travel on all TfL services.

Can I get a discount on Season tickets with a Senior Railcard?

No, unfortunately the Senior Railcard discount won't apply to Season tickets, including Travelcard Season tickets.

Can I use my Senior Railcard before 9am?

Your Senior Railcard is not valid during the morning Peak period when travelling between two stations in the Network Railcard area . Morning Off-Peak services vary by route, so we recommend you check with the train operator before buying your tickets. Please note that the morning Peak time restriction does not apply on Public Holidays.

How much money can I save with the Senior Railcard?

The amount of money you save with the Senior Railcard depends on how often you use it. If you buy a 1-year Senior Railcard for £30, it’s more than likely that the Railcard will pay for itself after just a few train journeys. If you’re planning to travel frequently over the next few years, you can save even more money if you purchase a 3-year Railcard for £70, as you’ll save £20 compared to buying three 1-year Railcards.

Can I use my Senior Railcard in Scotland and Wales?

Yes, you can use your Senior Railcard in Scotland and Wales. All Railcards can be used across England, Scotland and Wales. However, please note that they cannot be used for rail travel in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

Can I use my Senior Railcard in Northern Ireland?

No, unfortunately you cannot use your Senior Railcard for rail travel in either in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. However, if you live in Northern Ireland, you can buy a Senior Railcard to use for travelling in England, Scotland or Wales.

Where will your Senior Railcard discount take you?

From the cobbled streets of Edinburgh to the craggy cliffs of Cornwall, the UK is teeming with exciting places to discover. A Senior Railcard takes 1/3 off train travel and makes exploring the UK more affordable. For more inspiration on where your Senior Railcard discount can take you, head over to our travel hub to find a wide array of ideas for days out.

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The 60+ Oyster pass is a travel scheme provided by the Mayor of London and Transport for London.

Eligibility

  • Be over 60 but not yet be  eligible for a Freedom Pass  
  • Have your sole or principal residence in London

Apply for a 60+ Oyster pass on the TFL website

Using the pass.

The pass allows free travel on buses, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London. Pass holders also get a discounted fare on River services and the Emirates Air Line.

60+ Oyster pass holders are not entitled to free travel on services outside of London.

Transferring your 60+ Oyster pass to a Freedom Pass

Once you become eligible for a Freedom Pass you are no longer eligible for a 60+ Oyster card.

As long as you didn't opt out of TFL sharing your data with London Councils you will be sent a letter asking you to confirm your name and address. Once we have received confirmation of your details we will issue you with a new Freedom Pass. You do not need to re-apply or send us a new photograph.

If you have received your letter to transfer your 60+ Oyster pass you can transfer it online here  

View the Freedom Pass privacy statement to find out what information we collect, why we collect it, and how long we keep your information for.

If you do not wish to share your data or if your address has changed since you applied for your 60+ Oyster pass you will need to complete a separate application form for the Freedom Pass once you become eligible.

If you have changed your mind about whether or not you would like your data to be shared please contact TFL on 0343 222 1234 to amend your record.

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Free bus passes for older and disabled people protected for the future

Government changes legislation to protect free bus travel scheme.

Bus passengers.

Disabled and older people in England will continue to benefit from free off-peak bus travel for the foreseeable future, keeping them connected with their local towns and cities.

Bus passengers aged over 65 or with a disability have been entitled to travel free of charge on any off-peak local service in England since 2007, thanks to the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.

The government has now amended legislation to protect the scheme in its current format, so that it can to continue for years to come.

Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said:

Being able to get out and about is hugely important for older and disabled people to keep their independence and play a role in their local community. Buses help connect people, homes and businesses and nearly 10 million people in this country are already benefitting from free off-peak bus travel. The legislation underpinning our important bus pass scheme is now set for the future, meaning this group will be able to access their local services and amenities.

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The legislation behind the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme has been amended so that it no longer needs to be reviewed every 5 years. New regulations will ensure millions of older and disabled people up and down the country can continue to make use of buses to go about their daily lives.

In addition to the bus pass scheme, the government provides £250 million every year for bus services in England, £40 million of which helps to fund routes that may not be commercially viable but which are considered socially necessary - ensuring people are connected with their local services and communities.

Find out about applying for:

  • an older person’s bus pass
  • a disabled person’s bus pass

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Blind and partially sighted people rely on bus services to get to work, visit friends and family, and be part of the community. Buses are a vital lifeline bringing independence to many people with sight loss. We are really pleased that the concessionary bus pass scheme will continue to run, guaranteeing free off-peak bus travel for people registered blind and partially sighted.

Dave Bracher, Campaigns Manager, Spinal Injuries Association said:

Buses provide a lifeline to many of our members, enabling them to be active in their local communities, commute to work, visit family and friends and undertake a host of other activities. We know that having a spinal cord injury, like any disability, attracts significant additional costs – and this initiative helps people financially and to lead active, engaged and fulfilled lives.

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Travel pass for older people

Free travel for older people.

If you qualify for a state pension, you could be eligible for free travel across the country as part of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.

Do you qualify?

To get a travel pass for older people you must:

  • live in Greater Manchester, (if you live outside Greater Manchester, apply for a pass in your own area but you cannot add tram and train travel within Greater Manchester to passes issued by other areas); and
  • qualify for a state pension. It doesn't matter if you are taking your pension or still working.

The age you qualify for a state pension isn't the same for everyone. You may need to be up to 66 to qualify depending on when you were born. If you're not sure, check your state pension age .

Costs and benefits

The pass is free, and lasts for five years.

Within Greater Manchester:

  • Travel for free on all buses within Greater Manchester between 9.30am and midnight, Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and on public holidays.
  • You can also choose to pay £10 to add tram and train to your pass, for a year’s unlimited off-peak travel on Metrolink and trains within Greater Manchester. You can then travel on Metrolink trams and in trains after 9.30am on Monday to Friday, and all day on weekends and public holidays.
  • If you travel outside of these times you must pay the full adult fare.

Throughout England:

  • Travel for free on all local buses between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

How to use the pass

You must always remember to:

  • touch in at the card reader when boarding buses
  • touch in and touch out at a yellow smart reader on tram stops, for Metrolink
  • touch in and out at train station ticket barriers, where they are in place

Please show your card, when asked, to any Transport for Greater Manchester or transport operator official during your journey.

Smart readers on tram stops now accept contactless cards and devices for travel. Please move your concessionary pass away from your payment cards when you use a smart reader.

For example, if you keep your pass in a wallet or purse, remove it before you touch-in and touch-out. This will make sure you’re not charged on a contactless card you didn’t intend to use.

Apply by post

Download an application form or get one from an Information and Ticket Office.

If you are eligible complete the relevant form and attach:

  • A passport sized colour photograph of yourself
  • Proof of age – a copy of either your birth certificate, medical card, passport or driving licence
  • Proof of your address – a copy of either a utility bill, local council tax bill or a Department for Work and Pensions letter from within the last 12 months

You can take your form and proof to an Information and Ticket office (Travelshop) who can check it.

You can also post your documents to the address on the application form.

Your pass will be sent to you in the post within 10 working days.

Please do not send original documents .

Renew your pass

At least two weeks before your travel pass expires, we will send you a new pass, provided it has been in use.

If you use your card often then we will send you a new one two weeks before your travel pass runs out.

If you have not used your pass in the last 12 months, you will not be issued a new card and will need to contact us to request a new card after it’s expired. If you need a pass, please call our Concessionary Travel team on 0161 244 1000.

Please note: when using your pass, you must touch-in on buses and use the validators to touch-in and out on Metrolink or when using the trains.

If you don’t then your card will show as inactive.

Updating your address

You need to let us know if you change your address. There may be a £10 charge if a card is sent to an old address.

If you feel your appearance has changed since your last renewal, please send us a new photo. This can be done via post or can also be emailed to us.

If you no longer need your pass or have any other questions please call our Concessionary Travel team on 0161 244 1000.

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It costs £10 to replace a lost, damaged or stolen pass.

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  • Call us on 0161 244 1000 to make a card payment (7am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm at weekends).
  • Visit an Information and Ticket office (Travelshop) to order and pay for a replacement pass.

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The Best Trips to Take in Your 60s

From a train journey through the Canadian Rockies to a tour of the pyramids in Egypt, these are the top vacations for seniors over 60.

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With 61 being the average age of retirement in the U.S. , your seventh decade might just be the time to explore the places you've always dreamed of but could never visit. Sure, health and financial situations vary greatly and can create limitations when it comes to traveling, but there are still plenty of getaways to suit just about any physical ability or budget.

It's time to start ticking off some of those bucket list items, whether that means booking a beach destination for some rest and relaxation or embarking on the adventure of a lifetime in a faraway place (an African safari, you say?).

From cruises to train trips to glamping experiences, here are the best trips for travelers over 60.

A River Cruise

For first-time cruisers, a river cruise is a safe starting point. Rivers such as the Danube (Central and Southeastern Europe), the Rhine (starting in the Swiss Alps), and the Seine (in northern France) are popular because they flow right through picturesque and historic cities, allowing for a variety of shore excursions.

But you don't have to go abroad to sail along a scenic river. In the U.S., the Mississippi — flowing from northern Minnesota all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico — is a popular option, with three main cruise lines operating both contemporary boats and old-style paddle wheelers. Less trodden but equally charming are the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest, and even the Hudson River in New York.

A Journey Across the Sea

Veritable seaborne cities, some of the largest cruise ships are equipped with restaurants, theaters, pools, and casinos to keep guests entertained and comfortable while sailing the ocean blue. The itinerary options are near infinite, with some lines circumnavigating the Mediterranean and others embarking on maritime journeys in the North Atlantic, South Pacific, Asia, and beyond. We recommend booking with Holland America, Cunard, or Royal Caribbean for big-ship cruising in optimal comfort. And if you've always imagined making a classic transatlantic crossing and have the time, you might check off a bucket list item with a week on the famed Queen Mary 2 .

A Cruise Aboard a Midsize Ship

Midsize cruise ships that carry between 250 and 600 passengers offer many of the same amenities that large ships offer, but they can also stop at ports that can't accommodate colossal vessels–the towns and villages on Alaskan Dream Cruises' trip through the Inside Passage , for example . Also check out Paul Gauguin Cruises ' South Pacific itineraries and Windstar's trips in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean — both options available to just a few hundred passengers at a time.

A Ride on the Orient Express

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express , a rolling homage to perhaps the most famous rail service in history, carries passengers aboard luxuriously restored 1920s carriages across Europe — and across time. The Classic Route , which runs between Paris and Venice , takes passengers through picturesque European cities, towns, and farmlands in the comfort of private cabins or grand suites, with elegant dining and bar cars to enjoy along the way. Make the journey even more fun and dress to impress on this nostalgic (and iconic) train ride.

An All-American Train Trip

The California Zephyr , an Amtrak train that travels from Chicago to the Bay Area , passes through some of the most incredible natural scenery in the western United States, including the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada. As a bonus, it's a decidedly convenient way to cross the country, especially for those with time to spare and a preference not to fly.

Almost an equal distance but traveling a more northern route is the Empire Builder , also by Amtrak. It connects Seattle and Chicago, winding through the Rockies and along parts of the famous Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. For longer trips like these (40-plus hours), make sure to book a bedroom or roomette for comfort.

Looking for something shorter? The 35-hour Coast Starlight route traverses the West Coast between Los Angeles and Seattle, offering spectacular views of the Pacific shoreline, ancient redwood forests, and snow-capped mountains, all best seen from the Sightseer Lounge car.

The Canadian Rockies by Rail

If it's majestic mountains, icy-blue waters, dramatic canyons, and miles upon miles of evergreen forest you're keen to see, the revered Rocky Mountaineer is your ticket. There are four itineraries to choose from, but the most popular one is the First Passage to the West, traveling from Vancouver to Banff and Lake Louise (and vice versa). Passengers can admire the surroundings from the comfort of glass-topped observation cars or soak in the fresh mountain air from outdoor viewing platforms.

The Galápagos

Since this archipelago is off the coast of Ecuador, you'll need to travel to either Quito or Guayaquil to start your journey. Small ships or yachts are ideal for getting close to nature, and with most you can kayak, snorkel, or dive when not simply observing the resident iguanas, giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, and numerous bird species from the comfort of the deck. The vessels are great for day trips, but you can also opt for a live-aboard experience or a stay at one of the hotels on one of the few inhabited islands. In any case, planning well ahead of your trip to the Galápagos is important because of limitations on the number of visitors.

An African Safari

For many, an African safari is the ultimate vacation and the first great adventure considered after retirement. Planning one, however, can be overwhelming with the number of options, from which tour company to book to how much to spend to where to stay. Accommodations range from luxurious glamping sites to rustic lodges and tent camps — all perfectly comfortable for the over-60 set. Special interests such as seeing the Big Five, spotting certain birds, or cultural experiences should be considered as well. Small group hikes or jeep rides are good options for an intimate experience. Research and planning are key in creating your perfect safari vacation.

A Northern Lights Escape

Many people hope to see the aurora borealis in their lifetimes, but the northern lights are notoriously elusive. Their appearance is spectacular but unpredictable, influenced by weather, the time of year, and solar activity. There are many great destinations for seeing the Northern Lights : Guided tours in Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland accommodate seekers of greatest nature's light show. Lodging options range from glass igloos to cozy cabins. When choosing a tour, try to book one that offers a return trip if your pursuit of polar lights proves unsuccessful.

Egypt and the Pyramids

Who isn't fascinated by the Great Sphinx of Giza, the pyramids, and the stories of King Tutankhamun and the tombs of the pharaohs? Near Cairo , home of the artifact-packed Egyptian Museum , visitors can explore the Great Pyramid of Giza and several smaller pyramids. In Luxor, a one-hour flight away, visitors can visit Karnak, a complex of ancient temples, statues, and obelisks, as well as Luxor Temple, dating back to around 1450 B.C.E. Top the trip off with a boat excursion on the Nile for the full experience.

The Belmond Hiram Bingham

Another luxury ride to a destination on many travelers' bucket lists, Hiram Bingham, a Belmond Train , takes passengers from Cuzco, Peru, to nearby Machu Picchu . The train, featuring Pullman-style carriages decked out with upholstered armchairs and varnished wood and brass, is named after the American archaeologist, explorer, and writer who revealed Machu Picchu to much of the world in 1911.

A Staycation

Don't forget that it's never too late to become a tourist in your own backyard. Staycations are an easy and convenient way to scratch the travel itch without going too far out of your comfort zone.

Stay in a downtown hotel or a tucked-away Airbnb. Find a new restaurant, museum, or neighborhood you've yet to visit. You're bound to discover some fresh pleasures and maybe even a new hobby close to home. Do it on your own schedule, working around crowded days and using those off-peak senior discounts to your advantage.

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