Older residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can take advantage of many discounts and concessions available exclusively for the over 60s! Age Space have outlined the best deals that are available to the elderly across the county in the following guide.
Over 60s Discounts for Travel in Hampshire
Elderly Bus Travel
Bus services across the country offer concessionary bus passes to people who have reached state pension age. You can calculate your state pension age using the government website to check your eligibility.
The older person’s bus pass gives access to free travel on public bus services from 9:30am to 11:00pm, Monday to Friday and all day on bank holidays and weekends. Across Hampshire, the following community transport services also recognise the pass:
To apply for an elderly concessions bus pass, you can fill in the online form through the Concession Card website.
If you live on the Isle of Wight, you can also apply online or by filling out this attached form and taking to County Hall in Newport or your local library.
You can also apply online through the UK government website.
Elderly Rail Travel
Those aged over 60 are eligible for a senior railcard on British railways. A card costs £30 for one year, or £70 for three years and in return you get 1/3 off all rail travel for that period.
You can buy a senior railcard online, at a staffed ticket office or by calling 0345 3000 250.
Elderly Coach Travel
The National Express coach service offers a Senior coach card for over 60s. The card is very good value, costing only £15.00 (plus £3.00 p&p) per year.
You can buy a coach card online through the National Express website and if you have any queries, you can contact the helpline on 0871 781 8181.
Elderly Ferry Travel
Wightlink is the largest ferry company to operate routes between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The core routes are between Lymington and Yarmouth, or between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, for car and foot passengers. It is a great service to visit loved ones on the Isle of Wight, or enjoy the island for a day out.
Wightlink offer cheaper foot passenger tickets to those aged over 60. You may be asked to present proof of age if you are lucky enough to look younger than you are! Ferry ticket prices are dependent upon time and season; please visit their ticket page for more information.
Wightlink also offer disabled customers discounted vehicle and foot tickets if a Blue Badge can be presented.
To plan your journey with Wightlink, please visit their website.
Over 60s Discounts for Leisure in Hampshire
The National Trust membership scheme offers free entry and parking to over 500 National Trust venues in the UK, including some very special places in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. For more details, you can take a look at Age Space’s guide to the best Cultural Trips Out for the Elderly in Hampshire.
The National Trust offers a 25% discount on membership fees for over 60s who have also held National Trust Membership for the last three years.
This scheme is an opt-in scheme and requires members to ring 03448 001 895 to get access.
English Heritage manages and preserves infrastructure from England’s history, with many sites available to visit in Hampshire, including Osborne (Queen Victoria’s much loved family home on the Isle of Wight). For a full listing of venues, please visit the English Heritage site.
They offer a discount on membership for senior citizens, which gives members free access to some of the most impressive cultural sites in Hampshire and the rest of the country. The annual price for an individual senior’s membership is £63, and for a joint senior’s membership the annual price is £96.
Most public leisure centres offer discounted rates for elderly people and their carers. The size of this discount and activities available or suitable to the elderly is dependent upon your local leisure centre. Make sure to ring in advance or ask at the help desk about elderly prices for using facilities.
You can visit our Age Space guide to Exercise Classes for the Elderly in Hampshire for more information on keeping fit in old age.
Some cinema chains offer “silver screening” clubs for over 60s with discounted tickets, matinee showings and free tea and cake. These offer a great way to enjoy films and socialise for older people.
For more details on cinema opportunities for the elderly in the county, you can visit our dedicated look at Silver Screenings in Hampshire.
In addition to the screen, certain theatres across Hampshire offer concessionary tickets for seniors, which can be purchased online, by telephone or at the box office. Sometimes you may have to bring ID as a proof of age when you collect tickets.
For more information on booking tickets or what is currently showing, you can use the details below to visit the theatres’ websites or get in touch.