Skip to main content

English National Bus Pass

Please note
A national issue is stopping ticket machines from reading some ENCTS passes. If you think the correct process hasn't been followed when you have travelled please contact the operator of the service: their contact details should be located on the ticket issued to you when you travelled. They may ask for information from your ticket to allow any necessary investigation so please make sure you have it to hand. Further information about how bus operators should handle your pass can be found in section nine of the published particulars of the Cheshire Boroughs concessionary travel scheme at the foot of this page.

How to apply for free

At the time of application you will be required to provide:

  • proof of address
  • proof of age/identity
  • one passport size and quality photograph
  • proof of disability - acceptable forms of evidence are detailed on the application form (for disabled persons)

Your bus pass will be valid for a maximum of five years.  All bus passes will be issued by post direct to your home usually within 21 days of receipt of your application.

Available to

Permanent residents of West Cheshire who:

  • are eligible disabled (refer to application)


  • are of eligible age - eligible age for both men and women is in line with the state pensionable age for women, you can check when you become eligible by visiting State Pension age timetables  

What your bus pass entitles you to

Holders of an English National Concessionary Bus Pass issued by the Cheshire Consortium are entitled to the following concessions.

On journeys starting in Cheshire West and Chester, Halton or Warrington

  •  Monday - Friday between 9.30am and last bus: Free fare
  •  Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday: Free fare

Additionally these concessions apply on bus services going into Wales providing the journey starts or ends in Cheshire West and Chester.

If boarding in Cheshire East you are also entitled to half fare Monday - Friday before 9.30am

In the rest of England

  • Monday - Friday between 9.30am - 11pm: free fare
  • Saturday, Sunday and  Bank Holiday: free fare

Renewal of an expiring bus pass

If your bus pass is due to expire you will receive a letter to your home address four to six weeks before the expiry date. The letter will contain details on how you can renew your pass.

Renew online

If you have received a letter with a unique renewal code and are in possession of your current bus pass then the quickest way to renew is online.

Replacement bus passes

If your bus pass has been lost or stolen a replacement can be issued if you complete the replacement bus pass application form: 

The charge for a replacement bus pass is £10. Stolen passes will be replaced free of charge on production of a completed replacement application form and a copy of the reported crime letter issued by the police.

If your original pass is found after the issue of your replacement you must return the original pass to the council for secure disposal.

Lost bus pass

If you find a lost bus pass please return to:

  • Concessionary Travel, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE

If you have lost your bus pass, for further information or enquiries please contact the helpline on 01244 973353. Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


If you are visiting Cheshire West and Chester and have an ENCTS pass issued by another English authority you will be entitled to the following concessions on local bus services:

  • Monday - Friday between 9.30am - last bus: free fare
  • Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday: free fare

Please note other local enhancements such as travel into Wales are only available to Cheshire residents/passholders.

General enquiries

Share this page

We use cookies

Cheshire West and Chester Council use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.