If you’re using public transport to get around, make sure you take advantage of any discounts you might be eligible for.
For example, if you live in London and meet the age criteria, you’ll be eligible to apply for a Freedom Pass which gives you free travel across the capital and free local bus journeys nationally. This could prove hugely beneficial with TfL fares set to increase by 5%. The eligibility age for the Freedom Pass is rising in line with the women’s state pension age – you can find out when you’ll qualify for yours by using the eligibility checker here.
If you’re aged 60 or over and travel regularly by train, you may want to consider buying a Senior Railcard, which costs £30 for one year or £70 for three years and entitles card holders to a third off rail fares. Find out more here.
If you live in Scotland and travel regularly by train, if you’re aged 50 or over and sign up for a ‘Club 50’ card costing £15, you can save 20% on Advance and Off-Peak tickets with ScotRail. You’ll also get a 50% discount on hot and cold soft drinks from the catering trolley. Learn more about Club 50 here.
Some regional rail operators offer their own scheme too, so it’s worth checking if yours does. For example, Greater Anglia runs a Club 50 scheme which costs £20 a year and you’ll get 20% savings on Off-Peak and Advance fares online, plus 2 for 1 entry to over 150 of London’s top attractions. Find out more here.