The National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed that all transport operators in the Free Travel Scheme are now allowing customers with a PSC Free Travel Card
to continue to avail of Free Travel even if the card has expired.
This is a temporary measure due to COVID-19.
If you qualify for the Free Travel Scheme, a Free Travel Companion Card may be available in some cases. This card allows a companion to travel with you for free. No one else can use your Free Travel Card, it is for you only.
Your Public Services Card (PSC) will display one of the following codes in the top left-hand corner to identify if you can avail of free travel with a spouse, partner, cohabitant or companion:
FT-P - only you can avail of free travel
FT+S - your spouse, partner or cohabitant can travel with you for free
FT+C - a companion who is over 16 can travel with you for free
If you have a Free Travel Card but are unable to travel alone due to a medical condition, you can apply for a Free Travel Companion Card using the:
If you are under 66, have confirmed your identity through the SAFE registration process
and your Public Services Card (PSC) has not expired, you will automatically get a Free Travel Card if you receive:
If you meet at any of the above conditions you can apply for the Free Travel Scheme by using the FT1 application form.
If you are a widow, widower or a surviving civil partner
You may be entitled to the Free Travel Scheme if you are a widow, widower or a surviving civil partner and you are 60 or over. In this case your late spouse or civil partner must have held a Free Travel Card, and you must be getting one of the following payments:
The completed application form must be brought to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office in person
(not posted or emailed). You must also bring the following documents with your application form to your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office:
a recent passport standard colour photograph
evidence of your identity (driving licence/passport/any other form of photo ID, if available)
evidence of address (a recent utility bill, for example electricity/gas/phone/waste charges bill or a bank/building society/credit union statement) and
current Free Travel Card
Your application will be forwarded to the authorities in Northern Ireland who will send your Senior SmartPass card and instructions for use, directly to your home address. It may take up to six weeks to process your application.
How to renew your Senior SmartPass Card for travel within Northern Ireland only
If your Senior SmartPass Card has expired
If your Senior SmartPass Card has expired, contact the SmartPass office directly at: