Are trains, buses and ferries running normally during the Jubilee public holiday?

Some Scots will wonder if they can travel normally during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Although there are some changes here in Scotland, the disruption is expected to be minor, with public transport companies hoping to see families using their services for days.

It will always be worth planning ahead as the celebrations coincide with a number of unrelated disruptions to a number of public transport services.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the main public transport services in Scotland and what they plan to do during the Jubilee bank holidays.

The trains

ScotRail services will not be changed by Jubilee, but are facing disruption due to a continued shortage of drivers

ScotRail will operate as normal during the celebrations, as will most other routes under the Network Rail umbrella.

So whether you plan to travel to Scotland or plan to use the bank holiday to see more of the UK, the railways should provide relatively unchanged service.

Please note that ScotRail have made no changes for the Jubilee, but are operating on a heavily reduced timetable due to a shortage of drivers.

There have been more than 700 routes cut because drivers are refusing overtime in the middle of a pay line.

The Drivers’ Union yesterday rejected the Scottish Government’s latest pay rise offer, so this reduced schedule is unlikely to change anytime soon.

The buses

A new 65-seater coach, the latest addition to the Megabus fleet.
Megabus encourages Britons to use public holidays to travel

There will be some changes to bus services during the Jubilee Bank Holiday, but there should still be plenty of options available to travellers.

Schedule changes may vary depending on the bus service you are using.

  • Certain services provided by first bus are set to operate on a revised schedule that you can see here.

  • Megabus are set to operate normally.

  • MgGill’s buses are expected to operate on a Saturday schedule on Thursday and Friday
  • Lothien buses are expected to operate on a Sunday timetable on Thursday and Friday – most Lothian travel centers will also be closed on Friday 3rd June

It is worth planning your trip in advance as some bus services are also experiencing a shortage of drivers, say the First group.


Caledonian MacBrayne ferry at Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.  (Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images)
Cal Mac will operate as usual, but can get busy with holidaymakers wanting to visit Scottish islands

Cal Mac will operate as normal and in fact encourage holidaymakers to use their services to see some of the historic castles off the west coast of Scotland.

Some of the many options include Duart Castle in Mull, Breachacha Castle in Coll and Kisimul Castle in Barra, among others.

They warned there could be longer wait times, with the operator tweeting that the popular Largs to Cumbrae route is already experiencing a 45 minute wait for cars and 30 minutes for pedestrians.

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