Young Persons Travel Scheme
If you live in Scotland and are aged 16-18 (inclusive), the Young Persons Travel Scheme can help to save you lots of money on public transport.
All you need to do is apply for your Accord/National Entitlement Card in person either at the Customer Service Centre at Marischal College or one of the Customer Access Points in Aberdeen.
When you apply for your Accord/National Entitlement Card you need to bring the following documents with you:
Proof of Age, this can be:
- Birth Certificate
- Photo Driving Licence
- Adoption Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
Proof of Address, any of the following is acceptable:
- Bank or Building Society statement (not older than 3 months)
- Photo Driving Licence
- Court Order
- Local council rent card / tenancy agreement
- Council Tax bill (current year)
- Recent original mortgage statement
- Recent utility bill (not older than 3 months)
- Benefit book/card/ or Original Notification
- Confirmation from an Electoral Search
- Evidence from School/College/University
Photograph, please provide the following:
A passport sized colour photo which should be a close-up of your head and shoulders, clearly recognisable that it is you. Please do not wear a hat or head covering unless for religious reasons or have your hood up or wear dark glasses as all of these make it difficult to tell that it is you in the photo.
Because your Accord/National Entitlement Card can be used as proof of age, we have to verify that the photo you have supplied is actually of you. You can use a passport or photo driving licence for verification of your photo.
If you don't have any of these documents please ask someone who knows you and is not a relative or part of your family for example a teacher, doctor, nurse, community or social worker, police officer or religious leader who has known you for more than 1 year to verify your photo.
To do so ask the person to write the following on the back of your photo:
'I confirm that this is a true likeness of [your full name]'
and sign and date the back of your photo. Please also ask your photo referee to complete and sign Part 5 of the Accord/National Entitlement application form.
What will you get?
A bus concession card giving you one third off adult single fares on virtually all scheduled local and long distance bus services available to the general public.
Only a small number of services will not recognise your bus concession card for example premium fare buses and City Sightseeing buses. There are no boundary restrictions within Scotland and regardless of the distance, with your bus concession card, you will be able to claim a one third discount!
A Scottish Youth Railcard, if you already have an Accord/National Entitlement Card, you will be sent a voucher for a Scottish Youth Railcard voucher when you turn 16. If you apply for an Accord/National Entitlement Card after your 16th birthday the voucher will be sent out at the same time.
To get your Scottish Youth Railcard , take your voucher and your Accord/National Entitlement Card to your local rail ticket office at Guild Street in Aberdeen. The voucher will be taken from you and exchanged for a Scottish Youth Railcard .
With your Scottish Youth Railcard you will get:
- One third off most rail fares
- 50% off all weekly or monthly tickets
- One third off most advance purchases
Your Scottish Youth Railcard is valid for 12 months and you will automatically receive a new voucher each year until your 19th birthday. If the card expires and have not received a new voucher you can request another one by contacting the Accord Office on 03000 200293.
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Are you aged 16 - 18?
First Bus Aberdeen, in partnership with Transport Scotland, has upgraded its ticket machines meaning young people aged 16-18 that live in Aberdeen City no longer need to use the 'Bus Concession Card' but can just swipe their Accord / Young Scot Card at the ticket machine to get 1/3 off any single adult fare.
Please note that not all bus services in Scotland recognise the Young Scot Card yet and if you travel with a bus operator that doesn't recognise the card yet you will need to have a 'Bus Concession Card' to get your 1/3 off on board.
For First Bus Aberdeen however you no longer will need a 'Bus Concession Card'.