Free travel by public transport in London Zones 1-6 for elderly and/or disabled London residents
Who can get a Freedom Pass?
In order to be eligible for a Freedom Pass you must meet the following criteria. Your home in London must be your ‘sole’ or ‘principle’ residence, which means you must live there the majority of the time. In addition you must either have been born on or before 5 May 1951 (restrictions apply) or alternatively have an eligible disability. Full details of both of these criteria can be found on the London Councils website. There are 3 types of Freedom Pass:
- Older Persons Freedom Pass
- Disabled Persons Freedom Pass
- Discretionary Disabled Persons Freedom Pass
Where and when can I use my Freedom Pass?
To see where the Freedom Pass is valid for travel, and details of time restrictions applicable to your journey, please visit National Rail Enquiries website for a map. You can use your Freedom Pass on the Tube, Docklands Light Railway, London Tramlink and most London Buses also. Many National Rail operators accept the Freedom Pass, including Southern.
On Southern services your Freedom Pass can be used at any time with London Zones 1-6 on Weekends and Bank Holidays, and from 09:30 until 04:30 Mondays to Fridays. In addition the Disabled Persons Freedom Pass can be used at all times on services between Clapham Junction and Harrow and Wealdstone and from 09:00 for Older Persons Freedom Pass holders.
Not valid on Gatwick Express services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria.
Travelling beyond London Zones 1-6
If you want to travel outside of the free travel area you can simply buy an extension ticket from the boundary of where the Freedom Pass is valid to where you would like to go.
Terms and Conditions
To read the full eligibility criteria information and to apply for a Freedom Pass you will need to visit londoncouncils.gov.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 275 7054. There you can obtain full details of whose services can be used and any restrictions on the use of the Freedom Pass. First and Standard Class travel The Freedom Pass is valid for Standard Class travel only, however where First Class tickets are available you can upgrade by paying difference in fare between Standard and First Class tickets. You must do so before you enter First Class accommodation or a Penalty Fare may apply.
Break of Journey
A ‘Break of Journey’ means exiting and re-entering an intermediate station to continue your journey on the same day after a break. Within the services and time of day valid for travel with a Freedom Pass an unlimited number of Breaks of Journey can be made. Applications and collection To apply for your Freedom Pass go to londoncouncils.gov.uk, and if your application is successful your pass will be issued to you by your Local Council.