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Free travel

Free travel on buses and ferries
Being able to travel easily on the bus can open up lots of opportunities for adults who have learning disabilities. It can mean the difference between being able to work or not, or to keep in touch with friends and get out and about in the community.
If you have a disability (or are aged 60 or over) you could be eligible for National Entitlement Card that allows you to travel free on most buses across Scotland. If you cannot travel unassisted, then it is possible to get a companion card to allow someone to also travel for free with you on your journey.
If you live in an island community, it is also possible to get two free return journeys on ferries to the Scottish mainland each year.
To apply for a National Entitlement Card, contact your local authority transport section. The simplest way to qualify is to be in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Many adults who have learning disabilities get only the lower mobility rate or the care component. This doesn’t mean it is impossible to get a National Entitlement Card - there are other ways that people who have disabilities can qualify.
For more information and a list of local contacts see our factsheet Getting your free bus pass.
You will also find more information about concessionary travel on the Transport Scotland website.

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