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Concessionary Travel

For Pensioners and Disabled Residents

Wokingham Borough Council offers concessionary fare schemes for all residents of pensionable age or who have serious permanent disabilities.  When you can apply to have a national Bus Pass, giving free travel on local buses in based on when you were born.  Please use the table below to determine when you may be eligible to apply for the Bus Pass.

Date of Birth When you can apply for a bus pass
Before 5 March 1954 After 6 July 2019
6 March 1954 - 5 April 1954 After 6 September 2019
6 April 1954 - 5 May 1954 After 6 November 2019
6 May 1954 - 5 June 1954 After 6 January 2020
6 June 1954 - 5 July 1954 After 6 March 2020
6 July 1954 - 5 August 1954 After 6 May 2020
6 August 1954 - 5 September 1954 After 6 July 2020
6 September 1954 - 5 October 1954 After 6 September 2020
After 6 October 1954  On the date which you turn 65 years old

The bus pass allows free travel on local bus services throughout England from 0930 to 2259 on Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

In addition, if you are boarding a bus within Wokingham Borough you can travel free from 0900 on Monday to Friday.  Concessionary passes are also valid on the Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride and Mereoak Park & Ride services.  However please note that a parking fee will be applicable for those concessionaires who hold an age-related concessionary pass.

For information on how to apply, please contact the Council's Cashier's Office on 0118 974 6813 or visiting the Council's website: senior citizens/ and click on either "apply for a free senior citizens bus pass" or "apply for a free disabled persons railcard".  

Concessionary Fares for Young People

Child Fares

Children aged between 5 and 15 years old generally travel at a child fare.  Up to two accompanied children under 5 years old are generally carried free of charge.  A reasonable amount of luggage and small folding pushchairs may be carried if there is space.  Reading Buses offer a Boost ticket which is available for those people 5-18 years.

Student Fares

The Boost ticket is also available to those up to 21 years who show a valid college or University ID card for Reading University, Reading College, Reading UTC College, Wokingham and Bracknell College or Newbury College.  You may purchase a Boost ticket on the bus or apply for a Smart card online which you then top up.  For further information please contact the bus operator for details.

Home to School Transport

Wokingham Borough Council provides transport to and from school for students who meet the criteria for assistance.  Advice and information concerning eligibility for free travel can be obtained from: or by telephoning the Council on 0118 974 6000.