Travel support for people fleeing the war in Ukraine
Stena Line - free transport aboard ferries
Stena Line travel are offering free transport onboard their ferries to Ukrainians seeking shelter in another country. They are also offering free transport to registered charity and humanitarian organisations. As long as safety and capacity allow, the passengers will be booked on the first available sailing and all passengers need to bring a valid passport. For more information visit the Stena Line travel website.
Eurostar is offering free travel on its network. Passengers with Ukrainian passport and a valid visa to enter the UK can receive the free ticket by speaking to any Eurostar team member at:
- Paris Nord
- Lille Europe
- Amsterdam Central.
Department for Transport
The Department for Transport have announced their free onward travel for Ukrainian arrivals. They are working closely with the Rail Delivery Group (the group that brings together all passenger and freight rail companies in the UK) to roll out the offer of a free single one-way journey from a port of entry to a final destination for incoming refugees.
Train Operating Companies will brief frontline staff to grant free access to the network to those holding a Ukrainian passport, with an accompanying boarding pass dated within the last 48 hours.
Guests arriving in the country are eligible for a single onward journey by national rail, bus, light rail, and coach. This will be free of charge to anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales.
To make use of this scheme, guests will need to show their Ukrainian passport and a boarding pass or ticket showing their arrival into the UK. The offer is valid across all train operators in England, Scotland and Wales, and guests will have 48 hours from arrival in the UK to complete their journey.
Guests will also be able to travel for free across London using Transport for London's London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), bus and tram services so they can reach their destination as quickly as possible. More information is available on the National Rail website.
You can use your Ukrainian driving licence for the first 12 months after you arrive, until you need to exchange it for a British licence.
There are also requirements your vehicle will need to meet in the UK.
More information is in the Government's driving in the UK guidance.