Travelling to hospital

If you have to travel to and from hospital for treatment, you may be able to claim a refund on:

  • your bus or train fares
  • some petrol costs
  • taxi fares (in certain circumstances).

If you need someone to travel with you to hospital for medical reasons, you may be able to get a refund on their travel costs too.

Who can claim

You can claim a refund if you are included in an award of one of the following benefits:

You can also claim if:

  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate
  • you have a low income – this means you can get help with travel costs as part of the NHS Low Income Scheme.

You can usually get your refund at the hospital – check what you have to do before you travel. You will need to bring proof that you get one of the qualifying benefits above. This could be your payment book or a benefit award letter. You will also need to bring proof of your travel costs, for example tickets or receipts.

Some voluntary organisations have drivers who can take people to hospital and other destinations (for example to the shops). Check at your local library for details of voluntary organisations in your area.

Hospital parking

Hospital car parking policies are different across the UK.

In England, many hospitals give people with cancer free car parking or discounts. But this is not always well-publicised. You should ask your hospital for more information.

In Scotland, hospital parking is free for everyone, except at three privately-run hospital car parks in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

In Wales, hospital parking is free – except for a few hospitals.

In Northern Ireland, parking is free for people receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Back to Help with transport and parking

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