Example of a National Entitlement CardAnyone aged 60 or over who lives in Scotland is able to travel free on virtually all scheduled local registered and long-distance bus services available to the general public using the National Entitlement Card (NEC).

Only a small number of services will not recognise the card, for example premium fare bus services, some night services and city sightseeing buses.

There are no boundary restrictions or charges for travel within Scotland, regardless of distance.

In addition, anyone living in East Ayrshire qualifying for free bus travel also benefits from non-bus concessions operated by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). SPT operates a concessionary rail and subway scheme that gives discounted rail travel for anyone travelling within the SPT area. Contact SPT for further information.

Frequently asked questions

View our frequently asked questions about NEC for older people.

Contact Information


National Entitlement Card
For enquiries relating to Young Persons 5-21 Free Bus Travel scheme please visit freebus.scot