Help with transport

There is some support with travel costs for people with cancer.

Hospital parking and discounts

Many hospitals charge for parking. However, some people may be able to get free or reduced parking charges, including:

  • people who often have to go to hospital for treatment, but they don’t need to stay overnight (an outpatient)
  • family members of people who are in hospital for a longer period of time
  • people with relatives who are very ill.

The rules vary, so check what the situation is at your hospital. You could ask at the hospital’s main reception, or find out more information about hospital parking on the website.

Travelling to hospital

If you rely on public transport or lifts from other people, the hospital may be able to arrange your appointments around this, but this isn’t always possible. Some hospitals provide transport, as do the British Red Cross, local charities and support groups. Ask the nurse what help is available in your area.

If you have a low income or receive certain benefits, you may be able to get refunds for your travel costs to hospital. You may also be able to get financial help . Ask the hospital staff for information on benefits and grants that might be available. Or get in touch with Macmillan Cancer Support for information about any financial support.

Blue Badge scheme

If you can’t walk or find walking very difficult – and this is a permanent problem – you may be able to apply for a parking permit under the Blue Badge scheme. You may also be eligible if you have cancer that can’t be cured (advanced cancer).

The permit can be used in any vehicle you are travelling in, as a passenger or driver. It allows parking for free in restricted parking areas, disabled public parking bays, or yellow lines.

Applying for a Blue Badge

You can apply for a Blue Badge from your local council, or online at:

Don’t apply for a Blue Badge from anywhere else, as it may not be legitimate.

If your cancer can’t be cured, it’s best to ask for a paper form from your council, or from the Blue Badge Unit if you live in Northern Ireland. Tell them that you have terminal cancer. This may make the application process easier.

Updated September 2019

Review date September 2021