Other transport options

A bus arriving at a bus stop

If you do not need ambulance transport, you may be able to arrange transport through other organizations. Alternatively you may be able to claim help with your travel costs to and from hospital.

What other transport options are available to you?

Can you travel in your car or a friend’s car? 

Car - Free parking is available at most NHS hospitals, which also have reserved spaces for Blue Badge holders

Can you take public transport?

Bus – Bus travel to hospital is available in most parts of Scotland, and may be an option. Free travel is available if you are over 60 or have an eligible disability through the Concessionary Travel Scheme. This can be claimed by applying for a National Entitlement Card. For more information call Transport Scotland on 0141 272 7100 (Monday to Friday, 08:00 am to 05:00 pm )

Train – Travelling by train is available in most parts of Scotland, and may be an option for many people. Discounted fares are available if you have a Senior Railcards. For more information on obtaining a Senior Railcard please call 08448 714036 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Holders of Disabled Person’s Rail cards can also receive discounted travel. For more information on this, please call 0845 605 0525 (Monday to Sunday, 7am to 10pm). If you have a disability and would like extra assistance with getting on and off trains you can request this help in advance by contacting Scotrail on 0800 912 2 901.

Public transport information- For comprehensive advice on planning journeys by public transport across Scotland, please contact Traveline Scotland on 0871 200 22 33 or go to www.travelinescotland.com.

If you live in Grampian, the Transport to Healthcare Information Centre (THInC) can give you advice on getting to/from your healthcare appointment.

Can I claim back the cost of my travel?