Free or low cost community transport

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If you no longer drive or you find it hard to get to medical or other community appointments, you might be able to use free or low cost community transport services.

  • District Health Boards and St John run health shuttles.
  • Red Cross and the Blind Foundation have volunteer drivers.
  • Disability information centres can help you find other community transport options.

District Health Board health shuttles

Most District Health Boards (DHBs) have health shuttles to transport patients to and from appointments at DHB facilities.

Contact your DHB to find out:

  • Where their shuttle services run from, and when
  • How to book a trip
  • Whether you can take someone with you, if needed
  • If you need to pay a fare or a donation, or if it’s free.

Or search your DHB’s website for patient/visitor information about hospital transport services.

Search District Health Boards (external website)

St John health shuttle

St John health shuttle is a free door to door transport service for people who need help to get to medical appointments. This service is often used by older people or sick people who can’t drive or use other transport.

Find out if there is a St John health shuttle in your area.

Go to Transport to Medical Appointments (external website)

Red Cross volunteer drivers

Red Cross has volunteer drivers who take people to community appointments, for free. This service is for people who find it hard to get to appointments because of medical, mobility or financial reasons.

Contact Red Cross to find out if you can use this service. You might need to ask a doctor or another health professional to refer you to Red Cross.

Go to Community Transport (external website)

Blind Foundation volunteer drivers

The Blind Foundation has volunteer drivers who can help people get to an eye clinic or a Blind Foundation appointment. This service is for people who are blind or experiencing sight loss.

Find out if there are Blind Foundation volunteer drivers in your town or city.

Go to Help with Private Transport (external website)

Other community transport services

To find out about other community transport services in your area, contact your local disability information centre.

Search Firstport for Disability Information Centres