Using Public Transport
Bus, Rail, Subway, Trams, Ferries, Taxis
For journeys where cycling, walking or wheeling isn’t possible, public transport is often the best option. In post-Covid Scotland, being in enclosed spaces with others is obviously to be avoided, but we can keep safe by following the common sense guidelines and advice.
- The public transport system has limited capacity due to physical distancing and lower service provision, so cycle, wheel or walk instead where possible.
- You must wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs.
- For children under 5 years of age or those with particular health conditions who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness or impairment or disability or without severe distress an exemption applies.
- Plan your journey and check with travelinescotland or your transport operator for the latest travel advice.
- Follow all advice and safety measures put in place by transport operators.
- Allow extra time for your journey in case of delayed schedules.
- If possible, travel at off-peak times which are likely to be less busy.
- Book your travel online where you can, or have the correct cash available.
- Wash or sanitise your hands before and after every journey.
- Adhere to physical distancing while on public transport if possible, and while you are walking to/from a station or bus stop.
- In situations where distance is not possible, avoid physical contact and keep the time you spend with others as short as possible.
- Sit together with members of your household to free up space for others.
- You must follow signs and notices on public transport about which seats to use, how to queue, floor markings, one way sytems etc.
- Be considerate to your fellow passengers and to transport staff:
- Wait for passengers to get off first before you board.
- Respect other people’s space while travelling.
- Don’t eat or drink, unless necessary on a long journey.
- Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face and remember to cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Use hand sanitiser regularly while travelling.
Take your bike with you
In some areas you can take your bike with you on the bus or train. Check your local bus or train service provider for local service availability. Here’s an example of a ‘take your bike on the bus’ service:
Need Some Help On Public Transport?
We all welcome a little extra assistance now and again, particularly when travelling alone. Thistle Assistance is an initiative to help you feel safer and more comfortable when using public transport. Visit website here.