Support for children aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Help with bus travel for people with disabilities

Disabled Persons Bus Pass

If you have an eligible disability you may be entitled to a bus pass giving you free off-peak travel on local buses. Off-peak hours are from 9.30am until 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.

If you are blind or partially sighted you can travel at any time provided you start your bus journey in the Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole Council area. These passes have an "all day local" logo.

If you need to travel during peak time, and you're in college or further education, you may be able to get a student pass bus which will make your travel cheaper. Contact your bus operator to find out more.

Check if you qualify and apply here.

Companion passes

BCP Council will provide, on application, a companion pass if:

  • you are severely disabled
  • live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole
  • are only able to use local bus services with the help of a travelling companion

The pass will have a "C+" logo and will give your travel companion free bus travel when they are travelling with you (the Bus Pass holder) on journeys starting in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area.

For journeys starting outside the area, travel companions will need to pay a fare. You do not have to have the same travelling companion for all journeys.

Apply for a companion pass

If you want to apply for a bus pass that includes a travel companion you will need to complete a travel companion application form as well as the bus pass application form.

Download a travel companion application form.

Section B of the form needs to be filled in by a medical professional involved in your care (such as your Doctor).

If you already have a disabled person's bus pass and want to apply for a companion pass to be added you need to complete the travel companion application form and send it to You do not need to reapply for the bus pass.

Please read the terms and conditions for more information about using your bus pass.

Helping Hand Scheme and Extra Help Cards

More Bus participate in the Helping Hand scheme. Helping Hand enables card holders to discretely and easily advise the bus driver of extra help they may need without having to verbally communicate it. Find out more about Helping Hand and apply for a card.

First Bus have an Extra Help to Travel Card Scheme.

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