Late evening buses and ferries to begin again from next week

Local bus and inter-island ferry timetables will return to normal from next Monday (20th) including reinstatement of late evening services.

Late evening bus services will begin again from Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July on the four routes to/from Lerwick: Scalloway (Service 4), Sumburgh/South Mainland (Service 6), Walls (Service 9) and Toft/Mossbank (Service 23).

Social distancing on buses has been reduced to one metre, in line with Scottish Government recommendations and will be rolled out across the bus network in the coming days. Bus capacity is reduced and passengers should still use an alternative to public transport wherever possible.

Inter-island ferries will also operate late evening services from Monday 20th July 2020, and the summer timetable is now available online at:

The requirement to book ferry journeys will be relaxed with a return to the practice of ‘bookings only’ limited to the late evening services on Yell Sound, Bluemull Sound and Whalsay routes. There is no requirement to book any services on the Bressay service.

Although ferry bookings will no longer be mandatory, passengers are asked to continuing doing so wherever possible, to help with travel planning and management of capacity on the vessels.

The Council is working to introduce contactless payment facilities on all ferries as soon as practically possible. In the meantime the account-based system remains in place and passengers are encouraged to continue to use this option where they can.

The wearing of face coverings remains mandatory for all bus passengers over the age of five, unless medically exempt. Face coverings must also be worn on enclosed spaces in ferries, including passenger lounges.

For details of the local bus timetables, please look up:

Published: 17th July 2020