Some people can get a free bus pass at 60 but others need to be state pension ...

FREE bus passes - officially known as the older person's bus pass - are a perk which many people will look rely on later in life, however some people will need to have reached the state pension age for women in order to get one.

PUBLISHED: 14:34, Thu, Feb 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:54, Thu, Feb 20, 2020

The state pension age must be reached in order for a person to claim the state pension. However, this has been rising in recent years. In the past, the state pension age for women was 60, while it was 65 for men.

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But, state pension age parity was reached in November 2018, and now the ages for both sexes are rising at the same rate.

The state pension age shares a link with a bus pass for free travel for some people - while it doesn’t for others.

This is because in England, a person can get a bus pass for free travel when they reach the female state pension age, regardless of whether they’re a man or a woman.

However, in Wales, a person can get a bus pass when a person reaches 60.

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Free bus pass: People on busFree bus pass: Some people can get a free bus pass before reaching state pension age for women (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile in Scotland, an individual can get an older person’s bus pass when they’re 60 - and this is the same in Northern Ireland.

While those in England need to reach the female state pension age in order to get this particular pass, it may be that some people are able to travel on forms of public transport for free earlier.

People who live in London, for instance, can travel free on buses, tubes, and other transport when they’re 60.

However, this is only for journeys within London.


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