Definition of bus pass in English:

bus pass


  • 1A card, ticket, or permit entitling the holder to travel by bus, typically for a particular period of time or within a particular area:

    ‘I've bought a bus pass to get to work and uni—it cost me £85 for 10 weeks’
    • ‘If you have a bus pass you travel free of charge.’
    • ‘He got away with £50 cash, a bus pass and other cards.’
    • ‘Even the $63 per month bus pass must be an extra stretch to an already strained budget.’
    • ‘For a fraction of the costs of a bus pass, students will get unlimited access to transit.’
    • ‘The bus came and the two of them entered and presented their bus passes.’
    • ‘At the bus stop she had dropped her bus pass.’
    • ‘Many major universities currently have bus passes woven into the student fees.’
    • ‘I prefer to go by bus so I can use my bus pass.’
    • ‘The children of Ambleside receive a bus pass, and that's safer than using the cycle path.’
    • ‘I can't afford to come out here alone without the free bus passes and I won't be able to attend school out here.’
    1. 1.1 (in the UK) a permit enabling people receiving the retirement pension to travel by bus free of charge (sometimes used humorously to suggest that a person is getting old):
      ‘around 11 million pensioners are able to use bus passes, which are issued on request at retirement’
      ‘he's almost ready to collect his bus pass, but he's lost none of his boyish charm’
      • ‘He qualifies for a bus pass.’
      • ‘They may stop throwing you their knickers and start throwing bus passes.’
      • ‘The 11-year-old horse is, by the standards of Flat racing, ready to collect his bus pass after more than 80 races.’
      • ‘He's 62, not yet qualified for his bus pass but only three years shy.’
      • ‘The original British rock'n'roller may, as of yesterday, be eligible for a bus pass, but he's not quite ready to swap his guitar for a seed-drill.’
      • ‘At the age of 58, she is two years short of collecting her bus pass – yet she's just given birth to her third child.’
      • ‘You never hear about them unless they're having trouble paying for heating bills in winter or getting free bus passes.’
      • ‘She's this week's birthday girl, now qualified for her bus pass.’
      • ‘I went along to Gala bingo to check out the manager's claims, and to see if I would be the only person there without a bus pass.’
      • ‘Sir Georg Solti embarked on his 22-year reign with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at an age when lesser mortals were queuing for their free bus passes.’
      • ‘As I inch towards senior citizenhood – with the bus pass almost within my trembling grasp – I feel less and less inclined to go anywhere.’
      • ‘In England, you qualify for a senior citizen bus pass at age 65.’
      • ‘He certainly did not look like a man thinking about a bus pass.’
      • ‘I didn't want to talk about pensions and bus passes.’
      • ‘They will not be permitted to cast their votes unless they can produce one of only three types of ID: a pensioner's bus pass, a passport, or a driving licence.’