Public transport covid safety guidance

Safety guidance when travelling - help stop the spread, think before you travel

The mandatory requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

You may wish to consider if you can:

  • travel at off-peak times
  • use quieter stations and stops – get off a stop early if it’s less busy
  • keep changes to a minimum, for example, between bus and train
  • walk for more of your journey, for example, the first or last mile
  • download the NHS COVID-19 app before travelling

Before and during your journey, check with your transport operator for the latest travel advice on your route

After you have received a vaccine, you should continue to follow this guidance on how to travel safely when using public transport:

  • plan your journey and check your route to identify the options for reaching your destination
  • open windows where it is possible and safe to do so
  • wash or sanitise your hands regularly
  • avoid touching your face
  • over your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • while waiting for a service to arrive stay outdoors, rather than indoors, where possible
  • dispose of waste safely, including items such as used disposable face coverings
  • respect other people and be considerate of them while travelling
  • be aware of pregnant, older and disabled people who may require a seat or extra space
  • When finishing your journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible – do the same for children who have travelled with you.

Bus passes - free travel before 9.30am from Thursday 21 January to support the vaccine rollout

To help support the Governments vaccine rollout for the most vulnerable people from Thursday 21 January all English National Travel Concessionary bus pass holders are allowed to travel free of charge before 9.30am. All bus operators have been informed about these changes and asked to update their staff of the changes.