Concessionary Travel (NEC)

National Entitlement Card (Scotland)

(NB: Travel Concessions are only available to residents of Scotland.)

The National Entitlement Card is for 

  • young people
  • older people
  • people with a disability

From September 2020, you can apply for a new over 60s bus pass online on the getyourNEC.Scot (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website.  No application form will be required in this case.

If you are over 60, you can also apply for a National Entitlement Card at any Post Office. For more detailed information about concessionary travel, including the National Entitlement Card and Young Person's schemes, please visit the Transport Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)  website.

Over 60 entitlement cards should be renewed automatically. If not, please contact the Comhairle. If your card does not work, a 7-day pass can be issued: you must contact us to request that a new card be issued.

If your entitlement card is due to expire and the card was issued on the grounds of disability, please contact us no less than 14 days before the expiry date. If your card has expired, you must contact us to request a new one. You will be expected to pay for bus fares until such time as you receive a new card.

Reduced Fares for Young People

Young people aged 16 to 18 are eligible to receive a 1/3 discount on adult single fare journeys on production of a Young Person's Bus Concession card - part of the Young Scot National Entitlement card scheme. Please contact the Comhairle or visit the Transport Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website for more information. For more information about Young Scot bus concessions, please contact the Comhairle. (The Young Scot card offers a range of discounts in shops, restaurant and the use of local authority services for example. For further information visit the  Young Scot (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)  website.)

If an entitlement card does not display a 'C' symbol, or Young Person (YP) branding, no bus fare concession will be offered.

The National Entitlement Card

If your card displays a 'C' symbol, you are entitled to Scotland-wide free bus travel. Only cards displaying the 'C' are valid for free bus travel.

If your card displays a '1+' symbol, you are entitled to have a companion travel with you free of charge.

If a card displays an 'eye' symbol, the card holder is blind or partially sighted and is also entitled to the National Blind Scheme Concessions.