Disability discounts for UK travel
For disabled people, getting out and about can be an expensive business. We often need to get taxis more frequently than our non-disabled friends and family, and we may need to go further on buses, trains and trams because we struggle to walk or go long distances.
Fortunately, there are discounts available for disabled people who travel by coach, tube, taxi, bus, train or tram. They may vary from region to region, and it is always worth checking with your local council or disability organisation, but we have rounded up some of the best available discount cards and schemes for you.
Disabled Person's Railcard
The Disabled Person's Railcard entitles its holder to 1/3 off train journeys and, if they have a carer or assistant travelling with them, that person can also claim 1/3 off the total of their journey. When your Disabled Person's Railcard is registered with your Oyster card, it will also give you a discount on Pay As You Go single fares.
The card will cost you £20 for a year or £54 for three years but, if you make journeys on the train, chances are this will quickly pay for itself.
National Express Disabled Coachcard
With a National Express Disabled Coachcard, you will be entitled to save 1/3 on Standard and Fully Flexible fares to hundreds of UK towns, cities and airports. While often a little slower than getting the train, it can also be less hectic and a great money-saver to catch a coach, and this discount makes it even cheaper.
95% of National Express coaches are wheelchair accessible (contact them in advance of your journey to check), and most have a passenger lift. The Coachcard costs £12.50 a year.
Bus and tram travel across the UK
Every local council has a different scheme, but disabled people are entitled to free or discounted local travel. For many councils, this is only at off-peak times but some, such as Sheffield, still offer free travel at peak times as well. Your local council or transport authority will be able to advise you about this details for your area.
Freedom Pass: London travel discounts for disabled people
The Freedom Pass allows Londoners to travel on buses, trams, underground, Overground and DLR services for free, and offers half price fares on river services and cable cars. Users can travel in Standard Class across London on the train between 9.30am and 4.30am for free.
Disabled Person's Taxi Card
In most regions, disabled people have to pay full fare for taxi rides but in London, a Taxi Card offers users a discount on taxi services.