Local travel support
Getting to the UK and to your host's home
Eurostar is offering free travel on its network. Passengers with a valid visa to enter the UK and a Ukrainian passport can receive the free ticket by speaking to any Eurostar team member at Paris Nord, Brussels-Midi, Lille Europe, or Amsterdam Central.
Once you have arrived in the UK we can help you travel to your host's home. Your host may be able to help you travel, if not, guests across the country are eligible for one free journey using trains, buses or coaches to your host's home. You will only need to show your Ukrainian passport and boarding pass, or ticket showing arrival into the country within the last 48 hours. For more information see the Ukrainian Displaced Persons Travel Scheme.
Local travel options and support
Rail usage continues to be important across the district. Plan your journey across the district and beyond using the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Travel Authority journey planner and read about local travel schemes.
Ukrainian guests can apply to the Combined Authority for a concessionary bus pass if they qualify under the rules of the scheme, the same as anyone else whose sole or principle residence is within Cambridgeshire/Peterborough. If you have reached retirement age or have evidence of a qualifying disability you may be able to apply.
For more information on The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme and if you are eligible to apply please visit the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority website.
For information on school transport please visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website.
Free bicycles and rides
How to apply for a free bicycle
Guests can request a free, good quality second-hand bicycle as part of our collaboration between the local charities TAG Bikes and Camtrust.
Helmets and locks will also be supplied free of charge and we will also provide guests with details of a free Bikeability cycle training course, which will include a translator.
- TAG Bikes is part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Learning Disability Partnership which provides day opportunities to support people with learning disabilities to gain work experience, increase their independence and skills and offer support to find paid employment. Its team supports bicycle donations with bicycle servicing and general bike repairs at its dedicated workshop.
- Camtrust specialises in life and work skills for adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. The charity also runs a bicycle refurbishment programme where donated bikes are refurbished by a small team of staff and clients and sold at affordable prices. Camtrust also offers bike servicing.
- CTC Cambridge cycling club are starting a scheme whereby experienced riders within the group can buddy up with Ukrainian guests, to help them become more familiar with the area and its roads and cycleways and to make the most of their new bikes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if your guests would like to take advantage of this offer.
- Cycling UK are offering a free 12-month digital-only Cycling UK membership to Ukrainian refugees. The offer is currently only available to Ukrainian refugees referred by Cycling UK member groups – such as CTC Cambridge. You can email email@example.com or call 01483 238 301 if you have any questions.
Once a guest applies for a bike, and we have confirmed they are eligible, they will be put in touch with the supplier nearest to them so that they can arrange to collect their bicycle. Where no transport is immediately available for hosts to collect bikes, such as if the host family has no car, a community group may be able to assist. Guests or hosts can ask for support, and raise any further queries or concerns around bicycle collection, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As demand has been high, delivery is taking a little while longer than planned. Please note that this scheme is only available to guests who have arrived in South Cambridgeshire as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
We also want to highlight the useful and free Transport for London online cycle skills course which guests may find beneficial.
Free Rides on Bizbikes
Cambridge Electric Transport which runs Bizbike Community E-bike Services is offering free rides to Ukrainian refugees. The service is available in Northstowe, Longstanton (at Park&Ride), Teversham, The Abingtons and Hardwick. Ukrainians wanting to use the service should email email@example.com indicating their refugee status and they will be sent full instructions and registered for free rides.
Driving in the UK
Ukrainian driving licenses will be valid for up to 3 years from the date they arrived in the UK.
To find more information on the UK driving legislations, or how to apply for a driving license, please read the Government guidance.
Cambridge electric transport
Bizbike community e-bike services
Cambridge Electric Transport operates its Bizbike community e-bike services in several South Cambridgeshire communities and is offering free rides to Ukrainian refugees.
The service is available in the following towns and villages:
- Longstanton (at Park and Ride)
- The Abingtons
Ukrainians wanting to use the service should email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating their refugee status and they will be sent full instructions and registered for free rides.