Bus passes - concessionary fares schemes

We provide concessionary fares schemes for certain residents of Derbyshire.


These schemes are jointly funded by Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council (opens in a new window) and all the district councils in Derbyshire. The concessions are also available to eligible residents of the City of Derby.

The concessionary fares schemes cover all bus journeys within Derby and Derbyshire, and journeys between Derbyshire and places in neighbouring counties which can be made on a direct journey (i.e. without a change of bus).

Elderly and disabled persons

Residents of Derbyshire and Derby who qualify by age or disability can apply for a Gold Card, which is valid for free travel on buses between 9:30am and 11:00pm on weekdays and all day at weekends.

Gold Card holders are also entitled to free local bus travel in the rest of England, under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme. The same time restrictions apply. Train travel is not included in this scheme.

Holders of Gold Cards are also offered discounts at hundreds of businesses around Derbyshire. For more information visit our Gold Card section or contact Call Derbyshire on 08 456 058 058.

Young people

Most bus and train companies offer concessionary fares to children under 14.

Young people aged 14 and over can also travel at these reduced fares if they have permits issued by their local authority.

Derbyshire residents aged 14 to 16 (and those aged 17 and 18 who are in full-time education) can have b_line cards giving reduced fare travel and other discounts too. In most cases these are issued by their school or college.

Application forms are available from schools, colleges and public libraries. For more information go to b_line (opens in a new window) or contact Call Derbyshire 08 456 058 058.

Home-to-school transport

Some Derbyshire school children are entitled to free transport to and from school.

For advice on eligibility and how to apply, see our section on home-to-school transport.

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