Free and discounted travel passes

People over 60 Disabled People Young People

Concessionary travel card for older  people over 60

If you are over 60 years old and your card has the OneScotland logo, a new style card will automatically be sent to your registered address before your current one expires. You don’t need to do anything. Find out more about the renewal process.

Eligibility and concessions

People over the age of 60 qualify for free Scotland-wide bus travel under a National Entitlement Card scheme run jointly by the Scottish Government and local authorities, by applying for a National Entitlement Card (travel / bus pass).

The card also allows people who live in the area covered by Strathclyde's Concessionary Travel Scheme (which includes Argyll & Bute), to get cheaper fares on First ScotRail trains and the Glasgow Subway within the area covered by the Strathclyde Scheme. 

Concessionary travel is also available on local ferries for anyone who lives on an island or peninsula and meets the qualifying criteria.

How to apply

You can get an application form for a National Entitlement Card if you are over 60 at your local post office or SPT Travel Centre. Find out about renewing your card on the SPT website.

Further information

For further details of the scheme please refer to the SPT and Transport Scotland websites or call 0141 333 3211 (Please note some older NEC cards have the contact number 01546 600035 however this is no longer valid). You can find a list of acceptable proofs of identification here.

Using your National Entitlement Card

Find out more information about what the symbols on your card mean, and what concessions you are entitled to when you travel by bus, train, ferry and subway within the Strathclyde area:

Using your National Entitlement Card (NEC)

Concessionary travel card for disabled people

Eligibility and concessions

Eligible disabled people of fare paying age (5 years and over) are entiled to apply for a National Entitlement Card (travel / bus pass), which qualifies them for free Scotland wide bus travel.

The card also allows people who live in the area covered by Strathclyde's Concessionary Travel Scheme (which includes Argyll & Bute), to get cheaper fares on First ScotRail trains and the Glasgow Subway within the area covered by the Strathclyde Scheme. 

Concessionary travel is also available on local ferries for anyone who lives on an island or peninsula and meets the qualifying criteria.

You can apply for a National Entitlement Card if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • In receipt of Personal Independence Payment
  • In receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • In receipt of the higher/middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • In receipt of Attendance Allowance
  • Resident in a care or residential home or hospital and require 24 hour supervision
  • Holder of a Disabled Persons Parking Badge (Blue Badge)
  • Are profoundly or severely deaf
  • Unable to drive on medical grounds
  • Suffer from a mental illness, learning disability or personality disorder
  • Terminally ill
  • Suffer from a progressively degenerative disorder
  • Have suffered a loss of limbs
  • Visually impaired
  • Seriously injured veteran with mobility problems

Find out more about eligibility here.

Companion Entitlement

If your mobility is such that you require to be accompanied when travelling, you can apply for a National Entitlement Card containing the companion entitlement (C+1) to allow a companion to travel free of charge with you for the same journey by bus.

Your companion is entitled to travel for free if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You live in a care/residential home or hospital and are eligible for the higher or middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance, or Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance
  • You receive the higher or middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • You receive the standard or enhanced rate of daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
  • You receive Attendance Allowance
  • You are registered as severely sight impaired (blind)
  • You receive war pensions constant attendance allowance.

You will be required to provide a copy of an award notice from the Department of Work and Pensions dated within the last 12 months or a copy of your blind registration certificate.

Your companion can vary from journey to journey and you may travel with or without a companion. Your companion must travel with you and may not travel without the cardholder. If your companion wishes to remain on the bus after you (the cardholder) has left then they will be required to pay the appropriate fare to the driver.

There is no need for you to be accompanied on all bus journeys you make as you have the choice of whether to travel alone or have someone travel with you.  Your companion must be over the age of 5 years.

How to apply

Eligible disabled people can apply for a new National Entitlement Card at their local social work office, where local staff will help can complete your application, and send it to SPT who will issue your card:

Mid Argyll Area Team - Mid Argyll Community Hospital and Integrated Care Centre, Blarbuie Road, Lochgilphead PA31 8JZ

Kintyre Area Team - Campbeltown Service Centre, Burnett Building, St John Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6BJ

Islay Area Team - Kilarrow House, Bowmore, Isle of Islay PA43 7HW

Bute Area Team - Union Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0HD

Cowal Area Team - Ellis Lodge, Argyll Road, Dunoon PA23 8ES

Oban Area Team - Soroba Road, Oban PA34 4JA 

Helensburgh and Lomond Area Team - Jeannie Deans Unit, 93 East King Street, Helensburgh G84 7BU

Mull Area Team - Breadalbane Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull PA75 6PX

 

Phone: 01546 605517

Email: Contact us using our enquiry form.

Replacement cards

If your card has been lost or stolen, please contact SPT who will issue you with a new card

Further information

For further details of the scheme please refer to the SPT and Transport Scotland websites.

 

NEC/Young Scot (travel) card for young people

Eligibility and concessions

Young people aged between 11 and 25 also qualify for the National Entitlement Card with the Young Scot logo which offers a variety of benefits including travel discounts.  For further details on what your card entitles you to, please refer to the Young Scot website. 

How to apply for a card for the first time

If you attend an Argyll and Bute Council School please contact your school office to arrange a card.  Everyone else should please email NECTEAM@argyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01546 604142 for an application for to be issued. The online facility is currently unavailable.

To support your application please provide one document from the approved list of acceptable proofs.  If you do not have photographic ID you will need to have a referee countersign your application. 

When you are ready to submit your application you must attend in person to your local Customer Service Point with your completed form and supporting evidence.

Replacement Cards 

If you need a replacement card and you still attend an Argyll and Bute Council school please contact your school office to arrange a replacement.

Everyone else can simply call the Argyll & Bute Young Scot office on 01546 604142 or email NECTEAM@argyll-bute.gov.uk providing your name, address and date of birth.  Please also confirm if you have left school or which school you attend.

You can request a photo upgrade and change your address or personal details at one of the validation points.

Further information

Please contact the Young Scot team by emailing NECTEAM@argyll-bute.gov.uk, by calling 01546 604142 or visit the Young Scot website for further information.