Participation allowance and free bus travel

Step by step

  1. Apply for the participation allowance.
  2. We will send you an e-mail confirming receipt of your application.
  3. We will inform you in writing of our decision within 8 weeks.
  4. Have you been given the participation allowance? Arrange your free bus travel too.
  5. Apply for a personal public transport smart card (OV-chipkaart), if you don't already have one.
  6. Have your card activated at the Hermes office at Central Station.
  7. You can now travel free on the bus in Eindhoven and surrounding area.

Do you have a low income? If so, you can apply for the participation allowance. It's our way of ensuring that everyone, regardless of income, can participate in a sport, dancing lesson or hobby class. The participation allowance can also be used for an evening out to the cinema, a visit to a swimming pool or a subscription to a newspaper. Or to pay the parents contribution or buy things for school. Entitlement to the participation allowance also entitles you to free bus travel in Eindhoven and surrounding area.