English National Concessionary passes can be used as a Smartcard on your First bus. First have invested £27 million on new ticket machines - your pass automatically records on the ticket machine so there's no need for the driver to issue a ticket.
Simply hold your pass against the card reader on the ticket machine and wait until it beeps. Then, just show your pass to the driver to confirm you're the authorised holder & take your seat.
Concession Plus pass holders can continue to show the driver their pass - however if you prefer you can use your pass as a Smartcard.
What if my pass doesn't work? You can still travel - your driver will record your pass manually and issue you with a ticket. You should contact your card issuer to arrange for a replacement pass so you can go smart on future journeys. In Greater Manchester, call into your local TfGM travel shop or call TfGM on 0161 244 1050.
Elderly and Disabled Permit Holders
If you are of state pensionable age and over or registered disabled and hold a valid English National Concessionary Permit you are entitled to free travel on our buses after 9:30am Monday to Friday and all day weekends and Bank Holidays.
Before 9:30am Monday-Friday the full adult fare is payable for elderly pass holders – disabled pass holders pay half the adult fare.
If you are a resident in Greater Manchester please visit TfGM's website for more information on applying for a pass. If you are resident outside of Greater Manchester, please contact your local authority for further information.
Concession Plus Pass Holders
If you hold a Concession Plus pass you are entitled to free travel on our buses in Greater Manchester at all times.