Using your Gold Card on the bus

Older people and some disabled people can use their Gold Card to get free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.


To get your free bus ride simply place your Gold card on the bus card reader in front of the driver or if there is no card reader show the driver your Gold Card - to prove you travel for free. Even though you don't need to give the driver any cash, you may be issued with a ticket.

Gold Cards are valid for free travel, off-peak on local buses anywhere in England. You can also get free travel on the Sheffield Supertram but not on the Nottingham Tram.

You can travel free after 9.30am up to 11pm weekdays, anytime weekends and on bank holidays. If you want to travel before 9.30am or after 11pm then you will have to pay full fare.

Gold Card holders also get a discount on Community Transport dial-a-bus services. You will pay a £3 return fare.

Find out more about community transport in Derbyshire (opens in a new window).

You cannot get free bus travel in Wales and Scotland or on long distance express coach services, coach tours, special excursions and on some late night services on Fridays and Saturdays.

These late night services are called 'premium rate' services and include:

  • Mickleover Blue (MB)
  • Spondon Flyer Blue
  • Trent Barton's 9.2, 6.3 and H1
  • llkeston Flyer
  • Heatherton Harlequin (HQ)
  • X38 Derby - Burton.