Hounslow Council


Bus pass - older people

The older person's freedom pass gives you free travel on all buses, trains, trams, Docklands Light Rail, Thames river services and London Underground services within the London area 24 hours a day and from 9.30am on National Rail services.

It is paid for by the council to help older people get around.

If you were born on or before 5 May 1951 and you are a permanent resident in the London Borough of Hounslow, you can apply for a freedom pass.

If you were born on or after 6 May 1951 you need to check when you will be eligible.

You can check when you will be eligible by using the freedom pass online calculator.

How do I apply?

Apply online for an older person's application form

You can also collect a form from your local post office.

You will need to take your completed form to the post office in order to obtain your pass.

You will need to provide 1 passport photograph. You will also need to provide proof of your name, age and residency in the borough. Only certain types of identification are accepted.

You need to provide one of the following as proof of name and age:

  • Current passport

  • Medical card

  • Birth certificate (unless your name has changed)

  • Pink driving licence (paper or photocard)

  • Letter of pension entitlement

You need to provide one of the following as proof of address:

  • Current council tax bill/letter/payment book

  • Current council housing association rent book/statement/letter

  • Current television licence

If providing one of the following it must be dated within the last 3 months:

  • Residential utility bill (excluding mobile phone bills)

  • Residential bank/building society statement

  • HM revenue and customs letter

  • Department for works and pensions letter

  • Occupational pension letter

  • Residential credit card statement

How much does it cost?

The Freedom Pass is free but you must provide one passport size photos with your application. If you use the pass on national railways to travel outside the Greater London area, the extra cost of the travel must be paid before boarding the train.

When is the pass valid?

You can use your pass to travel any time on all Transport for London services. Time restrictions still apply on National Rail services.

The pass can be used on local bus services anywhere in England, between 9.30am and 11pm on Monday to Friday, all day at weekends and public holidays. The pass is only valid outside London if it has a 2010 expiry date, a red rose logo and bus hologram. Please note it is not valid on tram, light rail, metro or train services outside London.

The pass is valid on some local bus routes, in and around London, which are not part of the Transport for London bus network. Before travelling you should contact the relevant bus company to check if these routes accept the pass.

The pass is valid on National Rail between 9.30am and 4.30pm on weekdays and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

The pass is valid on Thames River servives. Fares are half price with a Freedom Pass after 9am Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

What if the pass is stolen, lost or faulty?

Freedom Pass holders who lose or damage their cards will be charged £10 for replacements. If a crime reference number is provided, no charge will be made to replace a stolen Freedom Pass.

You need to contact the Freedom Pass helpline on 0845 275 7054 to obtain a replacement pass.

For further information,see the Freedom Pass website or contact us.

How do I use my Freedom Pass?

On buses you only need to touch your freedom pass flat on the yellow card reader when boarding the bus.

On the train and tube you just touch your freedom pass flat on the yellow card reader on the automatic ticket gates as you enter and exit the station.

Contact us

Tel: 020 8583 3073

E-mail: freedom.pass@hounslow.gov.uk