Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Public transport information

Last updated: 10 January 2022

Using public transport:

When travelling on public transport, you must wear a face covering. (some exemptions apply).

For information on travel to and from a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please see this page.

Guidance on safely using public transport is available on the Transport Scotland website.

Our Journey Planner and Timetable Finder are being regularly updated with any changes to routes and timetables due to Coronavirus.  However, the recent increases in case numbers mean that some transport operators are experiencing staff shortages due to sickness and self-isolation.

This may result in short notice changes and cancellations to some public transport services.

Please see below for operator-specific updates.

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


ScotRail update

ScotRail advise that revised timetables will operate on a number of routes on weekdays from Tuesday 4th January until at least Friday 28th January 2022.  This is due to staff shortages related to Coronavirus self-isolation.

Amended timetables will apply on the following routes:

> Glasgow - Neilston & Newton
> Glasgow – East Kilbride
> Ayrshire, Inverclyde & Stranraer
> Lanarkshire
> Glasgow – Edinburgh via Shotts
> Glasgow – Edinburgh via Airdrie/Bathgate
> Glasgow – Maryhill/Anniesland
> Glasgow – Edinburgh via Cumbernauld & Falkirk Grahamston
> Edinburgh – Dunbar/North Berwick
> Edinburgh & Fife
> Edinburgh & Glasgow – Stirling/Alloa/Dunblane
> Edinburgh – Newcraighall-Tweedbank

Normal service will apply on the following routes:

> Glasgow – Barrhead, Kilmarnock & Carlisle
> Glasgow – Paisley Canal
> Glasgow – Edinburgh via Falkirk High
> Edinburgh & Glasgow – Dundee/Arbroath/Aberdeen
> Edinburgh & Glasgow – Inverness
> Inverness – Inverurie/Aberdeen/Montrose
> North Highlands
> West Highlands

The Traveline Scotland journey planner is being regularly updated, but may not yet show all temporary timetable alterations. Please check for changes to your ScotRail service by visiting the operator's website and journey planner or using the ScotRail JourneyCheck service before travelling. 


First Glasgow update

Due to Coronavirus and self-isolation, First Glasgow will continue to operate a Saturday service on most routes on weekdays from 10th January

The Saturday timetable is shown in the Traveline Scotland journey planner, which can be used as normal.

Some additional journeys will operate on the following services. Please use the links below as these extra journeys are not shown in the journey planner or timetable finder:

> Services 1/1A additional journeys

Service X11 additional journeys

Service X87 additional journeys

A special service will operate on Service 242.  Please click here for the Monday-Saturday timetable.  Service 242 does not operate on Sundays.

> Services 93, 128, 202, 210 & 299 will operate a Monday-Friday timetable.

The Traveline Scotland journey planner has been updated with these changes and can be used as normal to plan journeys.


First Scotland East update

Due to staff shortages caused by Coronavirus and self-isolation, temporary timetables will operate for First Midland (Central Scotland) and First West Lothian from 10th January:

Most services will operate Sunday timetables every day. Additional early morning journeys will run on some services on Mondays to Saturdays.

Click or touch here for full service-by-service details.

The following services will operate NORMAL timetables:

> All school services
> C1.  Alloa-Sauchie
> C11 Aberfoyle- Stirling- Cambusbarron
> C30 Easter Cornton- Stirling Riverside
> C48 Kinbuck - Bannockburn
> F16 Stirling- Falkirk
> H1  Alva- Forth Valley Royal Hospital
> H2 Dollar- Forth Valley Royal Hospital
> X10 Stirling- Glasgow via Balfron & Kippen
> X10A Stirling- Glagsow via Balfron & Aberfoyle 

The Traveline Scotland journey planner can be used, but please use a Sunday date and check for details of additional journeys by clicking or touching the red warning icons (Triangle icon) on your journey results page.


Lothian Buses update

Lothian Buses advise that a Saturday service enhanced with schoolday journeys will operate across all Lothian and Lothian Country services on weekdays from Thursday 6th January until Friday 22nd January. East Coast Buses will be unaffected and operate their normal timetables from Wednesday 5th January.

Schoolday only journeys which would ordinarily run on weekdays on Lothian Services 11, 42, 44, 45 and 400 will continue to operate.

Please see more information on the operator's website.

The Traveline Scotland journey planner has been updated to show the temporary timetables for Lothian and Lothian Country services, and it can be used as normal.  


JMB Travel update

From 5th January, JMB Travel Service 41 (timetable) and Service 56 (timetable) will operate to altered times due to staff shortages related to the Coronavirus.

Service 47 will also operate on SATURDAYS ONLY and will not operate any Mon-Fri journeys until further notice.

The Traveline Scotland journey planner has been updated with these changes and can be used as normal.  


Other Bus, Coach, Glasgow Subway, Edinburgh Trams and non-ScotRail Train Operator updates

The Traveline Scotland journey planner can be used as normal, with any details of changes to journeys shown via any red warning icons (Triangle icon) on your journey results page. 

If you see a red icon, please click or touch on it to view the extra journey information. 


CalMac reduced timetable, and other ferry updates

For information about changes to services, please check with your ferry operator below:

OperatorMore info


IMPORTANT:  Due to staff shortages as a result of Coronavirus and self-isolation, CalMac is operating a reduced timetable on many routes from Monday 3rd January.

Customers MUST check this page on the operator's website before travelling as the Traveline Scotland journey planner and timetable finder have not yet been updated with these latest short-notice changes.

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

More service updates are available on the CalMac Updates Twitter Feed.

NorthLink Ferries

Please see NorthLink's ferry timetables currently in operation. 

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

You can also find service updates on the NorthLink Ferries Twitter Feed.

Shetland Ferries

Please see latest information on the operator's website. 

Orkney Ferries

See Ferry Status updates on the Orkney Ferries website.

Pentland Ferries

You can also find service updates on the Pentland Ferries Facebook page.


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

You can also find service updates on the Stena Line Twitter Feed.

P&O Ferries

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

You can also find service updates on the P&O Ferries Twitter Feed.

Western Ferries

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

You can also find service updates on the Western Ferries Twitter Feed.

Other ferry operators

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


Airline and Airport updates

AirlineMore info


See Loganair customer information regarding coronavirus safety procedures.

Other airlines: Please check with your airline

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


Customer information:

The following operators have published customer advice on travelling safely:


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