Travel Less by Car

Transport is Scotland’s biggest contributor to climate change, especially cars. To achieve net zero, not only do we need to decarbonise travel at a national level, but we all need to drive less and choose sustainable travel options. Walking, wheeling, cycling, getting the bus or using other shared transport can benefit you by making journeys more social and boost your wellbeing. 

The Big Car Cool Off

We are challenging drivers across Scotland to use their car less and feel good with The Big Car Cool Off.
Whether that’s improving wellbeing and spending less money on fuel by walking or wheeling to the shops, avoiding traffic and parking costs by taking public transport or catching up with a colleague on a car share to work.

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A person walking with a cyclist, leaving their car at home


Transport is Scotland’s biggest contributor to climate change.

But if the coronavirus has taught us anything it’s that we can change the way we do things very quickly.

Transport Scotland monitored trends throughout the pandemic and saw significant decreases in car use, whilst Cycling Scotland also reported massive increases in the number of people cycling. A NatureScot lockdown survey saw people report health and wellbeing benefits after spending time outdoors.


Transport accounted for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2021

By continuing to choose active and sustainable travel options in our everyday lives, we’ll help to tackle climate change and decrease congestion and pollution from cars, benefitting communities up and down the country with cleaner, fresher air.

Together we can all play our part to help improve Scotland’s environment and reach net zero emissions.


Of these transport emissions, 41% came from cars.



Better roads and paths

Scotland’s active travel vision is that by 2030 walking or cycling will be the most popular choice for shorter everyday journeys.

Not only will this cut carbon emissions and other pollution, but it will give us more pleasant communities to live in, improve our health and wellbeing, reduce inequalities, and support sustainable economic growth. 

Funding for active travel in Scotland is now at record levels. The Scottish Government has committed to spend at least £320 million, or 10% of the total transport budget, on active travel before 2025 (up from £39 million in 2017/18). We’re investing in high-quality roads and paths across Scotland, to make it easier for people to walk, wheel, and cycle to where they need to go.

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Better roads

20 Minute Neighbourhoods

We’re working to develop ‘20 minute neighbourhoods’, which means people being able to meet most of their essential needs – such as leisure activities, school, healthcare, and ideally work – all within a 20 minute walk.

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Minute neighbourhoods

Bus Travel

Over 2.3 million people in Scotland – including everyone under 22, those 60 and over, and people with disabilities – can now benefit from free bus travel, saving money and the planet.

Find out more about the benefits

Bus Travel

Decarbonise travel

We're working towards decarbonising buses, HGVs, ferries, rail travel, and scheduled flights within Scotland, to help tackle the climate emergency.

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Decarbonise travel

Resources and links

Transport Scotland

Find out more about Active Travel at Transport Scotland


Find out about the work of Sustrans

Cycling Scotland

Get Cycling - Cycling Scotland

Way to Work Scotland

Find workplace support and resources on Active Travel

Living Streets

Living Streets | Home Page | Living Streets

Forth Environment Link

Forth Environment Link

Visit Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland, for more information on public transport

Public Transport Policies and Schemes in Scotland

Traveline Scotland Journey Planner

Traveline Scotland - Public transport information



Train Tickets | Times & Timetables | Fares in Scotland | ScotRail

Smart Travel Scotland for information on using smart technology to travel

Smart Travel Scotland | The Smart Way to Travel on Public Transport

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