COVID-19: Travelling Safely


The Covid-19 outbreak has meant that many of us have changed our travel behaviours; some of us travel less, perhaps choose to stay local or have changed how we get from A-B.

Keep up to date with the latest travel guidance to help you plan a safe journey.

Vaccination Travel Guidance

Travelling by Public Transport

If you want to find out about public transport go to the Traveline Scotland website on  or call them on 0871 200 2233.

Need support getting there?
If you have a vaccination appointment and need advice or help on how to travel for it, you can contact THInC (Transport to Healthcare Information Centre) which provides advice on travelling to health or social care appointments across NHS Grampian. Contact 01467 536111 or email (open 9am-4.30pm Mon to Fri).

Travelling by car

If you need to car share to travel to your vaccination appointment, the Scottish Government have produced guidelines on precautions you can take when car sharing.

Travelling to the Aberdeen City Vaccination Centre

From Monday 13th September, Aberdeen City Vaccination Centre, Bon Accord Centre will open as Aberdeen's main vaccination centre. This centre is located on the ground floor of the ex John Lewis Store at the Bon Accord Centre.

Aberdeen City Vaccination Centre FAQs

Arriving and Leaving the Centre
Please note that there is a one-way system in place - please enter the centre from the entrance opposite the Loch Street exit of the Bon Accord Centre and exit onto George Street.

Getting there by FirstBus
The Vaccination Centre is served by First Bus services 19, 3/3A, 12 and 17. Alternatively it is a short distance of around 5 minutes from Union Street, which is served by other city centre bus routes.

Getting there by Stagecoach Bus
The Aberdeen Vaccination Centre is a short walking distance of around 10 minutes from Aberdeen Bus Station at Union Square, which is served by all Stagecoach services to/from Aberdeen.

Getting there by bike
Bike Parking is available in various locations near the centre. View City Centre cycle parking map.

Car Parking
Car parking is available at the following sites in the vicinity of the Vaccination Centre. Please note that car parking on these sites are chargeable as per car parking charges.

  • Bon Accord Car Park – Via Loch Street or Harriet Street
  • Gallowgate Car Park - Gallowgate
  • West North Street Car Park – West North Street
  • Denburn Car Park – Spa Street

General travel guidance

The Scottish Government have produced detailed guidance on travelling safely during the pandemic and it is updated regularly.

Face coverings still required on public transport. The must be worn by all passengers and staff unless exempt.

Read the full guidance on face coverings from the Scottish Government

If you want to let public transport staff know you are exempt, you can apply for an exemption card from the Scottish Government. Alternatively, if you already use a Thistle Assistance card, you can add your exemption to your details.

Public Transport

  • Plan ahead and read the latest advice from your operator.
  • If you can, pay for your ticket online, with a Smart Ticket, your operator's App, or contactless payment. This helps to can reduce cash handling.
  • Make sure to follow any signs and instructions from staff while on board, or as you wait.


To help you plan your trip in advance, Stagecoach have introduced a busy bus indicator available on their app.

Full details of current timetables are available online.

Customers are advised to check for the latest information on Stagecoach's dedicated web page.

First Bus

With the latest version of the First Bus App you can now track your bus live on a map and it also displays how many seats are available on each bus.

Full details of current timetables are available online.

First Aberdeen customers are advised to check for the latest information on their dedicated web page.


Find out more about ScotRail's Coronavirus Travel Guidance

You can buy and use mTickets, and view live journey information via ScotRail's app.

Other Train operators

Keep up to date with the current Covid-19 information on LNER and Cross Country trains.
Cyclist at sunset

Active Travel

Many of us have enjoyed spending more time outdoors over the last few months and have been travelling actively - put simply a journey where your body is physically active for example walking, cycling or wheeling.

When we move actively, we feel the health and wellbeing benefits from doing so. We want to support you to keep making these positive travel choices.

People in a car

Car Sharing

If you are sharing a private vehicle with anyone from another household, you should continue to follow precautionary measures.

Please read the full car sharing advice from the Scottish Government.

The team at Liftshare have produced the following guidance: