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 an interim measure during the COVID-19 crisis.
What the Free Travel Scheme is
The Free Travel Scheme allows you to travel free of charge on all public transport owned by the State. This includes bus, rail and Dublin’s LUAS with some exceptions.
Everyone aged 66 and over, legally living permanently in the State, is entitled to the Free Travel Scheme. Some people under 66 also qualify. You cannot use your existing free travel pass for free travel within Northern Ireland.
Free Travel Companion Card
In some cases, a Free Travel Companion Card is available. 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.
Free travel is also available on a limited number of services operated by private bus transport companies. Private bus transport operators that have opted in to the Free Travel Scheme accept free travel cards. You should contact the department to check whether your private bus operator accepts Free Travel Cards.
When you use your Free Travel Card, you must follow the rules that apply to the type of transport you are using.
How to qualify
You may be entitled to free travel if you are legally and permanently living in the State.
The following rules also apply.
You are entitled to the Free Travel Scheme if you are aged 66 or over.
You may also be entitled to free travel if you are getting:
You may be entitled to the Free Travel Scheme if you are getting a social security invalidity payment or similar payment from:
another EU member state
a country with which Ireland has had a Bilateral Social Security Agreement for at least 12 months. This type of agreement is between Ireland and another country. It protects the pension entitlements of Irish people who go to work in this country and the other way around for people coming to work in Ireland
Widow or widower
You may be entitled to the Free Travel Scheme if you are a widow or widower or a surviving civil partner aged 60 or over. In this case your late spouse or civil partner must have held a Free Travel Pass, and you must be getting one of the following payments:
Note: this pension may be a similar social security pension or benefit from an EU member state or a country with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement.
To avail of free travel within Northern Ireland you must:
be age 66 or over
be in receipt of a Free Travel Card and
obtain a Senior SmartPass Card
Application forms (FTNI1) for Senior SmartPass Cards are available at your local Intreo Centre, Social Welfare Branch Office or Citizens Information Centre.
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 and
evidence of your identity (driving licence/passport/any other form of photo id, if available) and
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 you your Senior SmartPass card, together with instructions for use, by post direct 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, please contact: