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Stay safe, plan ahead and be a responsible traveller. 

Don’t travel if you’re feeling unwell.

When using public transport;  

  • wear your face covering at all times
  • keep your distance
  • be respectful to other travellers and our staff
  • wash and sanitise your hands regularly.

Help us keep the network as safe as possible by following our Travel Safer guidance.

You can check the Welsh Government’s guidance here.  

Travelling to other UK nations

From 12 April 2021, Travel restrictions have been lifted in Wales allowing for travel between Wales and the rest of the UK, or wider Common Travel Area (Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands).

You can view the latest guidance on travelling outside of Wales here.

On April 12 2021, the UK Government also lifted the essential travel restrictions in England, allowing for travel between England and the rest of the UK or wider Common Travel Area.

You’ll need to check what guidance is in place for where you’re intending to travel from or to as some countries within the Common Travel Area have travel restrictions in place. This may prevent you from travelling unless you have a reasonable excuse, for example, travelling for work or education.

You’ll need to follow the guidance for EnglandScotland and Northern Ireland when travelling in those areas.

The Welsh Government’s guidance advises against travelling unnecessarily to other parts of the UK with higher levels of coronavirus to help control the spread of the virus.

Reduced bus and rail timetables  

Please plan ahead and check before you travel.  

Our rail services will be running on a reduced timetable to help keep staff and those who need to make journeys as safe as possible.  

If you’re travelling by train, please use our capacity checker.

Bus services are already running a reduced timetable.  

If you’re travelling by bus, please check your local bus operator’s website for more information. You can check your local operators here.

 

Planning and booking your journey

Please use public transport responsibly in these difficult times and help us to help you by following our simple Travel Safer advice

For advice and guidance please:

  • view our rail information
  • call 0333 3211202
  • contact our customer service team 
  • download our free app
  • call us on 03330 0050 501 if you’re planning to travel by train and you need help to travel.

Please check our coronavirus update.

 

Need to travel?

  • wear a face covering unless you're exempt
  • please be a responsible traveller, plan ahead and use our capacity checker
  • walk or cycle if you can, particularly for short journeys
  • plan your journey in advance and check before you travel 
  • allow more time for your journey
  • travel at quieter times. It’s busier between 7:00 and 9:00 in the morning and 16:00 and 18:30 in the evening 
  • use contactless payments or buy your tickets online or at ticket machines
  • keep your distance where possible 
  • wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser regularly 

 

Travelling in Wales

If you need to use public transport in Wales you’ll need to follow the Welsh Government’s guidance.

Travelling outside Wales

If you’re travelling between Wales and another part of the UK, you’ll need to follow the guidance for EnglandScotland and Northern Ireland.

Please check with your public transport operator before you travel as services in and out of England may be affected.

The latest advice for travelling abroad

You must have a reasonable excuse to travel overseas. You can find out what rules apply to exemptions and isolation on the Welsh Government website.

Please check Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice on GOV.UK before you travel.

If you do need to travel and have a reasonable excuse, you can use the IATA map to find out more on the travel restrictions on your destination. The map is hosted by the International Air Transport Association and updated regularly.

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering on public transport, at stations, on platforms, in waiting rooms and in train station car parks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus to other travellers and staff unless you’re exempt. Face coverings are mandatory where physical distancing can be difficult to achieve such as on public transport. 

Please bring a face covering with you and put it on before:

  • going into a train station car park
  • going into a station
  • going onto a platform
  • using a waiting room
  • getting on your bus or train

Children under the age of 11, people with breathing difficulties or people with a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability don’t have to wear a face covering.  Children over the age of 11 must wear a face covering unless they’re disabled or suffer from breathing difficulties. 

The Welsh Government's full list of exceptions can be found here.

Find out more about wearing face coverings on public transport here.

Wearing face coverings on our trains in England

Wearing a face covering is compulsory on public transport in England.  You must wear a face covering on our train services in England. You can find out more here.

Taking cycles on trains

Space on our trains is currently limited because of physical distancing measures.

Please use the cycle storage at or near our stations where available and avoid bringing your cycle onto our trains. 

You can find out about more about cycle storage at our stations here

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Capacity checker

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