Tickets and discounts
You could be entitled to discounted travel because of your sight loss. Here we have information about discounts that are available on trains, buses, London Underground and in taxis.
Rail travel discounts
If you are registered as blind or partially sighted, you can get up to 50 percent off train travel. To claim your discount, you must be registered as blind or partially sighted, be travelling with a companion and provide proof of your sight loss when you buy the tickets. The discount you get will depend on the type of ticket you buy, for example you can get 34 percent off anytime single or return tickets and 50 percent off anytime day return tickets. Find out more about concessionary discounts from National Rail.
Alternatively, you can get a Disabled Persons Railcard, which will give you one-third off advance, off peak and anytime tickets. The card costs £20 for one year or £54 for three years. Find out more about the Disabled Person's Railcard or call 0845 605 0525.
The Disabled Persons Railcard can’t be used in Northern Ireland but you may be able to get discounted or free travel using a SmartPass. Find out more with NI Direct.
Bus travel discounts
If you are registered as blind or partially sighted, you can receive free or discounted travel on buses.
- If you live in England, you can get an annual pass for free off-peak travel in your local area. In some areas, you might also be able to travel for free during peak hours. To find out more contact your local council.
- If you live in London, you can travel for free all the time with a Freedom Pass. The pass is provided by your London Borough Council
- If you live in Scotland, you and a companion can receive free local and national bus travel with the National Entitlement Card. Find out more from Transport Scotland.
- If you live in Wales, you can travel for free at any time of day on local and national bus services.
- If you live in Northern Ireland, you may be able to get discounted or free travel using a SmartPass. Find out more with NI Direct.
If you live in London and have difficulty using public transport, you can get discounted taxi travel with the Taxicard scheme. The discount you receive depends on the London Borough that you live in. Find out more about the Taxicard scheme.
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