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If you live in Wales and are aged 60 or over or disabled you may be entitled to free travel within Wales.
Welsh concessionary bus passes are for those who live in Wales and meet one of these criteria:
- are aged 60 or over
- disabled – see the categories below
- injured service personnel or injured service veterans and receive an award under tariffs 1-8 of the War Veterans Compensation Scheme or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
Applying for a pass
The scheme is run by Local Authorities. Contact your Local Authority for information about free bus travel and how to apply for a pass.
You will need to provide evidence to your Local Authority to confirm that you are eligible. Your Local Authority will issue you with a bus pass (Smartcard) if you are eligible.
Categories of disabled personsYou will be eligible for the pass at any age if you:
- have sight loss
- are deaf
- cannot speak
- have an impairment with a substantial and long term adverse affect on ability to walk
- are without arms or have long term loss of the use of both arms
- have a cognitive impairment
- would be refused a driving license due to a condition other than persistent substance misuse
- have a cardiac, locomotor, renal or neurological condition
- receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment
- receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance.
Rail travelWhere bus services are limited, bus passes can be used on certain train lines. This is open to all free bus pass holders in Wales when travelling on these lines. The scheme is currently funded until 31 March 2015.
The lines covered by the scheme are:
- the Borderlands Line between Wrexham Central and Hawarden Bridge for cardholders from Flintshire and Wrexham
- the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog for cardholders from Conwy and Gwynedd
- the Cambrian Coast Line between Pwllheli and Machynlleth for cardholders from Gwynedd
- the Heart of Wales Line between Llanelli and Knighton for cardholders from Carmarthenshire and Powys.
The scheme operates year round on the Borderlands and Conwy Valley Lines and during the autumn and winter months on the Heart of Wales and Cambrian Coast Lines.
Further details can be found on the Arriva Train Wales website (external link).