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You must wear a face covering throughout your journey, unless you’re exempt 

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Travelling safely in Scotland

To keep our buses safe and clean, we have daily touchpoint cleaning throughout the day and deep cleans at night. We pay special attention to handrails, bells, seats and poles to make sure they're regularly and thoroughly cleaned. Watch our video to find out more about our cleaning regimes. 

You must wear a face covering throughout your journey and when using indoor public transport hubs in Scotland, unless you are exempt. 

For the latest Government information click here to go to the Scottish Government website 

Make a plan:

  • Allow extra time for your journey and try to travel at quiet times. We’ve introduced a space checker in our live map view, on the Stagecoach Bus App, so you can find the quietest time to travel, based on how many people normally use the service.
  • Check our latest timetables before you travel.
  • We do not provide hand sanitiser on our buses so it is important that you thoroughly wash or sanitise your hands before and after you travel.
  • Please remember to wear a face covering throughout your journey ensuring it covers your mouth and nose, unless you are exempt. See our Face Covering FAQs page for more information and exemptions.



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Social distancing at the bus stop:

  • You must wear a face coverings  when using indoor public transport hubs in Scotland, unless you are exempt.
  • At bus stops, try to keep a distance from anyone else in the queue.  
  • Let people off the bus before you get on and try to keep a safe distance between you, the driver and other customers.  
  • Pay by contactless, or buy in advance on the app or use a reuseable Smartcard.

We're Good to Go! 

Like many other businesses, we've now received the 'Good to Go' certification from Visit Scotland. This stamp of approval helps people recognise businesses adhering to government and public health guidance as well as those having carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have everything in place to reopen safely (or in our case to continue operating safely!).

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Q. Are you increasing the number of services you operate and when will you be returning to your normal timetables?

A. We’re monitoring the numbers of people travelling and where possible we’ll add extra buses at busy times where we can. We’re also working closely with government and local authorities on plans to increase the level of bus services as restrictions are eased and more people need to use our services. If you've used the service recently, let us know how we did by giving us some feedback

Q. Are you only accepting contactless payments now?

A. We’re still accepting cash on our buses but  we’re encouraging customers to pay by contactless wherever possible. Tickets can also be bought in advance online or on our app. 

Q.  Do I need to have the exact fare if I pay by cash?

A. We are still offering change on all services in Scotland, but if you do have to pay by cash it would really help our drivers if you can have the exact fare, if possible. 

Q. Will you still let people travel even if they don’t have the exact fare? 

A. If you have to pay by cash, having the exact fare does help to reduce the level of cash our drivers handle on their daily shift You should always have a means of payment for your bus journey. Our drivers will assist those who are vulnerable and will make sure no-one is left stranded. 


Q. I’m working from home/self-isolating or I need to look after a dependant, can I get a refund on my ticket? 

A. If you'd like to talk with us about a refund about any of our tickets, please use our   refund request form.   

All of our refund requests (however you send them in) go into the same queue. We’re prioritising by the date we receive them, so please avoid getting back in touch before 7 days has passed as it just slows things down for everyone. View our standard refund policy in section 13 of our   online terms and conditions

Q. What are you doing to help customers socially distance on your services?

A. All of our buses are fitted with protective screens for the safety of customers and our drivers when boarding/alighting the bus. Some of the seats around the driver have been removed from use and we request that customers take responsibility for socially distancing themselves from other passengers, where possible.

Q. Should I wear a face covering?

A. In line with advice from the Scottish Government it is compulsory to wear a face covering when using public transport.  Spot checks are in operation and there is a £60 fine for not wearing a face covering. If you want to show you are exempt from wearing a face covering, you can download the Thistle app to show to the driver. Exemptions will apply to those who cannot wear a face covering for medical reasons. Children under 5 are also exempt.   

Q. Will your drivers be wearing face coverings?

A. We provide face coverings and gloves for all of our staff to use on an optional basis. As all buses are now fitted with protective screens so your driver may choose to not wear a face covering. 

If the driver needs to leave their cab for any reason, including assisting a passenger, they will wear a face covering.

Q. I am exempt from wearing a face covering, do I need to prove this to the driver?

A. You do not need to provide any evidence of your exemption, however, if you would like to  we recommend using the Thistle Assistance Card/App.  There are many different types of journey assistance card - don't worry if you don't use the Thistle Card, our drivers will recognise the critical information from any journey assistance card to help you when travelling on our buses. 

Q Are you carrying out additional cleaning on your services? 
A. We already have well-established and rigorous cleaning regimes for our buses and coaches. Since March 2020, we enhanced the measures we have in place with more regular cleaning of the main customer touch-points such as hand poles and grab rails with anti-viral products. We’re also giving additional cleaning materials such as personal hand sanitiser to our staff, as well as extra cleaning materials on board our buses. In some areas, you may start to see additional cleaning taking place throughout the day in bus stations and other interchanges.

Q. Do you provide hand sanitiser on your services?

A. We do not provide hand sanitiser on our buses or trams so it is important that you thoroughly wash or sanitise your hands before and after you travel.

If you have another question you can still
get in touch with your local Stagecoach company.

Last updated 27/8/21