Get your freedom. Get your free bus pass

11 months ago Thu 15th Dec 2022

Get your freedom. Get your free bus pass

The possibilities for days out by bus are endless, whether it's for shopping, sightseeing, visiting family, or just getting out and about. Passholders of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme can travel for free on our buses.

Already have your pass? Great!

There are so many places to go and enjoy, and when you can get there for free, what's stopping you? Get your freedom and check out some of our favourite places to go with your free bus pass below.

Need to get your pass? No problem

It's easy to apply for your free bus pass from your local authority and even easier to use on our buses.
When you board the bus just hold your pass on the ticket machine card reader until it beeps, then take your seat.
The times you can use your pass, are set by your local authority. In Greater Manchester and Lancashire, you can use your pass on between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.
Who can apply for a pass is also set by your local authority. Follow the link to see if you're eligible and to apply for your bus pass if you live in Greater Manchester or Lancashire.

Where will your freedom take you? Here's some of our suggestions.

Ellenroad Engine House Steam Museum

This impressive hidden gem is home of the Worlds Largest Working Steam Mill Engine. Go see the restored 3,000 horsepower twin engines, Victoria and Alexandra, the 80 ton flywheel, Whitelees beam engine and 1921 steam generator in action. Theres even the engine house cafe on site to keep you refreshed with tasty food and drinks.

Ellenroad Engine House Steam Museum

You can reach Ellenroad Engine house on Rochdale Runners R4R9 & R10, get off at Bentgate Street right next to the museum.

Fireground Museum

This museum tells the story of firefighting, particularly in the Greater Manchester region. The area has played a significant role in the story of fire brigades and fire engineering. Manchester formed England’s first municipal fire service in 1826, whilst the country’s earliest motorised fire engine was delivered to Eccles in 1901. Head on down to learn more of the local influence into this vital part of our society. 

Fireground Museum

You can reach the Fireground Museum on 

Get off at Oldham Road/High Level Road just a short walk away from the museum.

Fusiliers Museum

The Fusilier Museum is home to the collections of the XX Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.  Together they record over 300 years of history and heritage. The museum is family- friendly and provides a relaxing and informative experience for all to enjoy. It boasts a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year. It’s also home to Minnie’s, a new café, serving delicious freshly made food every day!

Fusiliers Museum

You can reach the Fusiliers Museum on 

Get off at Bury Interchange, just a stones throw away from the museum.

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Visit a place where Lancashire’s industrial past is brought to life through a multi-sensory experience like no other. Witness our spellbinding historic machinery in action; where the noisy clicks, clunks, thumps and distinctive scents will transport you to another era.

Helmshore Mills

You can reach the museum on Rossendale Rovers 11, get off at Helmshore, Park Mill, right outside the door.

Been there, done that? We've got even more inspiration for places you can explore all over Lancashire, and great discounts at plenty of them when you go by bus, just ask your driver for a Transdev Treats voucher. Explore more here 

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