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National Concession Bus Pass

It's quicker to apply for your bus pass online. If you are unable to apply online, some libraries are available to assist with your application. Alternatively, call us on 0300 1234 222 and we will send a postal application form to your address. 

Changes to the auto renewal process from May 2024

From 1st May 2024 we will no longer automatically renew senior bus passes.

We will continue to automatically renew any Senior Passes that have been used within the last 12 months of the expiry date. We will not automatically renew any passes that haven’t been used, instead residents would need to request a new card by contacting 

We will send your new pass to the postal address we hold for you so its important you notify us of any change of address.

There will be no changes to the issuing of Disabled Passes, the current process will remain unchanged.

Scheme information 

Your bus pass is issued under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS). There are two types of passes:

  • older person's pass with a blue stripe
  • disabled person's pass with an orange stripe

Both passes give you the same level of entitlement and have a set expiry date printed on the card. Cards are then renewed depending on type. Companion passes are not issued or accepted on local bus services in Cornwall.

Am I eligible for a pass? 

If you live in Cornwall and you are an older person or have a permanent disability you may be able to get a pass.

Please read more about who is eligible, and the category of pass that best suits you, on our bus pass eligibility page.

When and where can I use my bus pass? 

Your bus pass allows you to travel free of charge at anytime on the majority of services within Cornwall, Truro Park and Ride is excluded from the scheme.

You can use your bus pass to travel on bus services outside of Cornwall between 0930 and 2300 Monday to Friday.  You can also use it anytime at weekends and Bank Holidays (not Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or the Isle of Man.) Outside of these times you must pay the standard fare for your journey.

Free Travel for Ukrainian Refugees

Cornwall Council and the local bus companies have teamed up to provide free travel for Ukrainian refugees. For details and further information please contact the team by email:

I haven't received my pass - what do I do?

When you apply for a bus pass or a replacement bus pass, we will process your application within 14 days. Passes should arrive within 21 days. Sometimes delays may occur during busy times.

Please tell us as soon as possible if your pass has not arrived within this time to avoid any charges.

Please remember that you must inform us of any change of address. If a card is sent to your old address and you have not told us of the changes then you may be required to pay for a replacement. Because of the renewal processes we suggest this is no later than 28 days before your current card expires.


Sometimes your card may be de-activated. This can be for many reasons, for example:

  • Your pass has been reported as lost, broken or stolen and has already been replaced.
  • We have written to you or sent you your new pass but the letter was sent back to us stating you have changed address.
  • We have written to you requesting information and did not get a response.

If your card is hot listed, the driver will tell you and keep your pass. If they believe you are the person on the card, they will let you make your journey. Any further journeys, you will need pay the fare until you have the correct pass or a replacement pass is issued. A card can never be unhotlisted.

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Are you eligible?

If you live in Cornwall and you are an older person or have a permanent disability you may be able to get a pass.

Apply for a pass

If you live in Cornwall and you are an older person or have a permanent disability you may be able to get a pass. Find out what you need to apply.

Renew a pass

You can renew your bus pass online, find out what you need how how to do it.

Replace your pass

You can apply and pay for a replacement bus pass online if you have lost your bus pass or your pass is not working or is damaged.

Need help?

Most issues can be resolved online, it's the quickest and most convenient way to get help.

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