Coronavirus travel advice Page last updated Thursday 26 November 2020 14:00


Lockdown measures are in place across Britain.

Please observe the guidance on these pages and follow these measures set out when travelling by train. For the latest information see: 


The health and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is always our top priority. We know passengers may have concerns, and rail companies are working closely with government to take the steps needed to keep our vital services moving while keeping customers safe.


Please visit the NHS website for the latest Coronavirus guidance or visit our Safer Travel Pledge page.

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National Rail companies are asking passengers to continue to follow the latest advice from government and public health officials. 

When travelling by National Rail please try to travel at less busy times of the day, keep a distance from others, use a face covering on trains and in enclosed areas of the station and carry hand sanitiser or wash your hands regularly.

In turn, train companies will do everything possible to keep passengers safe, including;

  • more frequent and thorough cleaning than normal on trains and at stations
  • giving clear safety guidance on journeys, and
  • make extra train carriages available whenever possible

Please remember that stations may be busy, so leave plenty of time for your journey and wear a face covering whilst you are in enclosed areas of the station (check if you are covered by an exemption at this page).

You should also follow public health advice and if you or the people you live with have symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you should stay at home and do not travel. Protect yourself and others, download the NHS COVID-19 App

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Christmas Travel Advice

As per the latest government advice you can travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between 23 and 27 December. You may travel between tiers and other nations of the UK if necessary to meet with other households in your Christmas bubble or return home. Once at your destination, you should follow the rules in that tier. If you are travelling you can travel with confidence by:

  • Booking your tickets in advance and reserving a seat wherever you can
  • Travelling at quieter times
  • Wear a face covering on trains and in stations, unless you are exempt
  • Wash your hands before and after your journey
  • Keep your distance where you can

Rail companies are still in the process of confirming Christmas timetables, which means some train times are still to be confirmed. Once train times are confirmed Advanced tickets will begin to appear in the National Rail journey planner. If tickets for your chosen journey haven’t been made available yet, most train companies will let you set-up a ticket alert and email you when tickets are available to buy.



We want to ensure that when you are travelling you can travel with confidence, which is why the industry is closely monitoring journeys and making adjustments wherever possible to maximise space and help with social distancing.

Please check your journey before you travel at or find live station departure/arrival information at



  • Sharing advice and information about how to stay healthy - there are public health posters and other information around stations and on trains.
  • Doing more to ensure our trains and stations are clean. The kind of steps being taken include a greater focus on cleaning high-touch areas on trains and at stations; (such as handrails and ticket machine touch screens), increasing the use of antiviral cleaning products and ensuring toilets are well stocked with soap. Trains are also being checked regularly throughout the day in addition to the cleaning which takes place in depots.
  • Where possible and appropriate, protecting frontline staff by reducing contact at ticket barriers, the need for people to handle tickets and cash and removing on-board catering.
  • Adding extra carriages wherever possible.
  • Offering ‘virtual’ refunds, and refunding previously booked tickets for future travel, before the Coronavirus pandemic started. Further information can be found on our Cononavirus Refunds information page.

Coach and Bus operators that are supplying rail replacement vehicles in certain areas are also working hard to ensure that all enhanced cleaning standards are met, including

  • a greater focus on cleaning high-touch areas on vehicles; (such as handrails),
  • increasing the use of antiviral cleaning products
  • Where coaches have the facilities, ensuring toilets are well stocked with soap

If you require assistance when travelling, especially if there is a rail replacement service instead of a train, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your journey as soon as possible - See Assisted Travel page for details.




When at our stations or travelling by train, we’re encouraging everyone to follow these guidelines:

Guidance on during your journey on National Rail services

  • Travel at quieter times if you can - generally after 09:30 in cities and large towns or 09:00 everywhere else
  • Purchase your ticket online or on via smartphone apps (where available)
  • Paying for tickets by contactless payment, where available 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after your journey. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Follow public health advice on your journey. For example, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw away the tissue in a bin

Travelling to London

There is information on our dedicated London Travel Advice page.



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Last updated:   26 November 2020