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Using your disabled persons bus pass

Your disabled bus pass gets you free bus travel across Scotland.  

You'll also be sent 4 free ferry vouchers each year if you live on the:  

  • Orkney Islands 
  • Shetland Islands 
  • Western Isles 

They give you 2 free return journeys to the mainland each year.

If you're travelling with a companion, you will get vouchers that allow them to travel with you. 


You can use your bus pass to get a ticket in advance or on the bus. You need to collect advance tickets in person.

You must take your card with you even if you already have your ticket.

When you get on the bus, place your card on the electronic machine with your photo facing up.

If there's not an electronic ticket machine, show your card to the driver.

Tell the driver your stop. The driver will help you if you need it.

You can only use your current bus pass. If you use an old or cancelled card, it will not work, and you'll have to pay the bus fare.


You can travel free on Edinburgh trams if the City of Edinburgh Council issued your bus pass.

You cannot use bus passes issued by other councils on tram services, unless you are blind or visually impaired.

Get further information on travelling by tram in Edinburgh on the Transport for Edinburgh website.

If you're blind or visually impaired

If you're registered blind or visually impared and have the eye symbol on your bus pass, you're also entitled to:

  • free standard class rail travel across Scotland
  • free standard class rail travel on journeys to and from Berwick-upon-Tweed and Carlisle
  • free Edinburgh tram travel
  • concessions on ferry journeys throughout Scotland

If you're travelling with a companion, your companion may also be entitled to free or discounted travel. Contact the service operator for further information.

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