Changes to Freedom Pass Travel Times

On Wednesday 18 January 2023, the temporary suspension of free travel for Older Person's Freedom Pass and 60+ London Oyster photocard holders between 04:30 and 09:00 on weekdays, which was put in place during the pandemic, became permanent. 


Why this decision

Low ridership during the pandemic has had a devastating impact on TfL’s finances.  TfL has had to therefore obtain extraordinary funding from the government to keep running.

The government funding came with conditions to generate more income. This is why the Mayor had previously outlined a number of fares proposals which he was having to explore in order to generate income.


What this means for you

If you hold an Older Persons’ Freedom Pass you will need to pay for travel between 04:30 and 09:00 on weekdays.


You will still be able to travel free on TfL’s services from 09:00 on Monday to Friday and at all times on weekends and bank holidays.


Disabled Persons Freedom Pass holders are not affected by this change. 


Your options

If you need to travel before 09:00 you can use pay as you go with contactless or an Oyster card. Oyster cards can be topped up at station ticket machines, local newsagents, online and via the TfL app. 


Further Information 

Please contact TfL or visit their website for any further information.