Go Smart!

English National Concessionary passes can be used as a Smartcard on your First bus following a £27m investment by the company.


Simply hold your pass against the card reader on the ticket machine, wait until it beeps and take your ticket. Then, just show your pass to the driver to confirm you're the authorised holder & take your seat.

'Blind' 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 South Yorkshire, call into your local Travel South Yorkshire travel shop or call Traveline on 01709 515151.


Elderly Permit Holders

People of pensionable age qualify for a Senior Citizen pass from the local Transport Executive. This pass allows the holder to travel for free on bus within South Yorkshire, as well as being valid for certain journeys into neighbouring counties. For more information about cross boundary travel arrangements contact Traveline on 01709 51 51 51.

Free bus travel is available:

  • from 0930 until 2300 on Mondays to Fridays
  • at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays

If you're travelling before 0930 or after 2300 on Mondays to Fridays the full adult fare is payable.

Passes must be presented to the driver on every journey - without it, you will be required to pay full adult fare.

Blind/Disabled Permit Holders

Free bus travel is available all day, every day.

A South Yorkshire mobility pass with the 'eye' symbol on is identified as a blind person's pass.

Travelling with a carer / companion

If you hold a South Yorkshire blind / disabled permit showing the companion symbol, then one companion is entitled to the same concession as the pass holder. You don't have to travel with the same companion every time you use our buses, but your companion does have to get on and off the bus at the same stop as you.

Applying for a Concessionary Pass

For details of how to obtain a pass, contact Traveline on 01709 51 51 51 or visit

Information correct at Sunday 8 June 2014.