Travel Service

Sacro’s Travel Service provides transport from Glasgow and Edinburgh & the Lothians to Scottish prisons, Murray Royal Hospital and the State Hospital at Carstairs.


What does the service offer?

Sacro provides transport to enable prisoners and patients to maintain contact with their families and friends. This contact will help sustain family relationships and facilitate the prisoners’ re-integration to the community on release. Sacro staff can also provide directions to prisons, contacts and procedures for visiting.

How does the service work?

Edinburgh & Lothians service

Experienced volunteer drivers provide a free service from Edinburgh & the Lothians to many prisons in Scotland and the State Hospital. 

You may be eligible to use this service if:

  • you are on a low income
  • you have additional needs
  • you have a disability
  • you are travelling with young children.

Initial contact enquiries can be made through our contact form or by phone 0131 622 7500. This will be followed up by a home visit if appropriate to discuss acceptance to the service.

Glasgow service

The Glasgow office operates a timetabled bus service to both HMP Shotts (£8 Adult & £4 Child) and the State Hospital (free). Please call 0141 248 1763 to book travel.

Who is the service aimed at?

The service is available to members of the public who have family or friends in prison and have difficulty with transport. If a fare is required (HMP Shotts service only), the passenger will be informed and should pay the driver. This fare may be refunded by the Assisted Prison Visiting Unit.

How is the service accessed?

Bookings should be made in advance through the local Sacro office in Glasgow or Edinburgh.