Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Public transport information

Last updated on 16/05/20

To protect against Coronavirus, everyone should stay at home and only leave the house for very limited purposes. More information

If you have a fever/high temperature or a new, continuous cough, please see detailed health advice on NHS Inform.

Public transport should only be used for essential travel. Please observe social distancing and use contactless payment methods where possible.

Many public transport services are running to reduced frequency timetables.  Details of all known alterations are shown below.

Our Journey Planner and Timetable Finder are being updated regularly with recent changes to routes and timetables. 

You MUST click or touch on any red warning icons (Triangle icon) shown when using the journey planner for details of changes to journeys. 

If you are arriving in the UK from abroad and looking for onward travel options home, please see our Returning to Scotland page


Rail, bus, coach and tram service adjustments:

The following operators have made adjustments to their public transport services:


Ferry operator updates

The Scottish Government has announced that island ferry services should ONLY be used by those who live on the islands, those who have an essential need to travel to or from the mainland, and for essential supplies or business.

For more information, please check with your ferry operator below:

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CalMac has introduced an Essential Lifeline Timetable as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

View the new temporary timetables here. Please check ferry times carefully before travelling. 

You can also check CalMac service status for the latest route-by-route information.

Service updates can also be found on @CalMac_Updates Twitter.

NorthLink Ferries

Northlink will introduce new temporary timetables from Sunday 5th April due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

View more customer informtaion on the Northlink website.

See Operational News for the latest information, or call 0845 6000 449.

You can also find service updates on @NLFerries Twitter.

Shetland Ferries

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Shetland Council ferries will operate new restricted timetables on all routes from Monday 6th April. 

Please see more information on the timetable changes. 

You can also view more Shetland public transport COVID-19 updates on the Zettrans website.

Orkney Ferries

Reduced service timetables have been introduced on a number of routes due to coronavirus. 

See Ferry Status updates on the Orkney Ferries website for the latest information.

Pentland Ferries

An amended timetable is currently operating. More information.

You can also find service updates on the operator's Travel News page.


See the StenaLine Ferrycheck website for information on Cairnryan-Belfast sailings.

You can also find service updates on @StenaLineUKIE Twitter.

P&O Ferries

Please check travel news for information on Cairnryan-Larne sailings, or call 01304 448866.

You can also find service updates on @POferriesupdate.

Western Ferries

See the Service Status page for updates on the Gourock-Dunoon ferry route.

You can also find service updates on @Western_Ferries Twitter.

Other ferry operators

See our ferry operators page for Useful Links and contact details.


Airline and airport service updates

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Loganair advise that all travel on their services before 20th April is limited to those who have an essential need to travel as part of employment in a critical role, and for essential supplies or business, or island residents who have an essential need to travel to or from the mainland, and for essential supplies or business.

Passengers are advised to carry confirmation of the reason for their travel – they may not be allowed to travel without it.

See more Loganair customer information regarding coronavirus.

Other airlines: Please check with your airline

See our airlines and airports page for useful links and contact details.


General information:

The following operators have published general advice about their approach to the coronavirus outbreak:


Register for Travel Alerts

Our Travel Alerts service lets you sign up to receive emails or push notifications about changes to your chosen public transport services or operators.

Find out more information and sign up.


Need help?

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Social media links

For updates on Twitter, you can follow Traveline Scotland and our Transport Operators list for more public transport information.