Free Yourself

If you are under 22 years old and living in Scotland, you are eligible for free nationwide bus travel. Apply now.

Opening doors to new adventures and endless possibilities

The Scottish Government is investing in a sustainable future for young people, with easier access to work, education, social and leisure opportunities through free bus travel. Expected to benefit just under a million children and young people, this generation of young people will be able to make travel choices that benefit them, their pocket and the planet! Leading the way to a brighter future.

Free yourself

Where will free bus travel take you?

Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth

“The Scottish Government is committed to a fairer, greener transport system and that’s why we’ve introduced free bus travel for under 22s. This can help reduce social inequality, provide easier access to work, education and leisure, and give younger generations a better start in life.”

Unlocking your potential

The National Entitlement Card (NEC) is your key to unlocking free bus travel. You’ll need your NEC or Young Scot NEC before your travel. Find out how to do that here.

How it works

Check who is eligible and which buses you can use. 

Free bus, free you

How to apply

There are different ways to apply. See which one is best for you.

Get in touch

Find contact details for your local council and more.

Older and Disabled Free Bus Travel

If you are over 60 years old or disabled you may also be eligible for free bus travel.

If you’re under 22 and disabled you can choose between the Disabled Persons’ scheme or the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel scheme. Some local council areas provide discounted travel on rail, tram or subway with a Disabled Persons’ NEC, but you are likely to have to renew that card more often.

But remember: If you have a Disabled Companion card, which lets someone travel for free with you, then you should not change to the new scheme as it doesn’t allow anyone to travel with you for free.

Find out more on the Transport Scotland website now.