SCOTLAND BY TRAIN
All aboard! Traveling to Scotland by train is often the best way to contemplate the most exceptional that the country offers. Once on the train, you just have to sit back and enjoy your trip to some of the most incredible destinations.
WHERE CAN I GO BY TRAIN?
Each of the seven major Scottish cities has train connections. The rail network links many of the cities and towns across the country. Many tracks go from north to south, both in the east and west of the country. Although the network is denser in the central band.
It is possible to buy tickets at:
- Train stations
- The main travel agencies
- By phone and online with a credit or debit card
In case the ticket office is closed, the stations usually have an automatic ticket machine. Although it is also possible to buy tickets to the conductor on the train itself and pay in cash or by credit or debit card, the conductor cannot always offer reduced fare tickets or special offers.
For almost all trips, the offer of train tickets is as follows:
- Anytime tickets are normal tickets without reservation that can be used at any time of the day.
- Off-Peak tickets allow you to travel during a specific time, usually after the rush hour when the trains are not so busy.
- First Class tickets allow you to travel with additional space, electricity sockets for your laptop and sometimes include free soft drinks and food.
DISCOUNT BONUSES AND RATES
ScotRail trains offer tickets with different discounts depending on categories such as age, the number of people traveling. If the reservation is made in advance, and the time at which the trip is to be made.
ScotRail also offers flexible travel vouchers and other types of vouchers for the benefit of our passengers, such as:
- Spirit of Scotland Travelpass – offers unlimited train travel within Scotland. The voucher is also valid on some buses in certain regions, on all ferries of the Caledonian MacBrayne company. It also offers discounts on Northlink ferries to Orkney and the Shetland Islands.
- Highland Rover & Central Scotland Rover – flexible tickets that offer unlimited train travel as well as trips on other forms of public transportation.
- Rail and Sail tickets – combine train and ferry tickets on a single very cheap ticket. They can be purchased at ScotRail, or for certain routes they can be purchased at selected Calmac Port offices.
Glasgow is the only city in Scotland with a subway. Its striking color has made it known by the name of “the mechanical orange”. It is an economical and efficient way to get around the city and several of its stations are connected with deterrent parking lots, which allow you to leave your car and connect to the transport network.
Single, round-trip, 1-day, and 7-day tickets can be purchased from all metro stations and automatic ticket machines. It is also possible to purchase tickets and vouchers online that cover several days of travel from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.
BOOK YOUR TRAIN TRIP
Find out which destinations are connected by train, routes, schedules, and the offer of tickets on the ScotRail website.
A FIRST CLASS TIP FOR TRAVELING BY TRAIN!
When you are planning a trip, you will always pay less if you book your tickets in advance.
Did you know that some train stations also offer bike rental service? In some train stations in Glasgow and Stirling, you can rent the next bike at any time of the day. It is easy to organize the rental through the application, online, or by phone. Bike & Go offer a similar rental service at Stirling, Inverness, Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee, Glasgow Central, Linlithgow, Largs, Kilmarnock and Haymarket station in Edinburgh. You just have to register as a member online, get off the train, and start pedaling.
SCENIC TRAIN ROUTES
Enjoy some of the most scenic train routes in the world, including the West Highland Line that crosses the Glenfinnan viaduct. It is impressive engineering work, well known for having appeared in the Harry Potter movies. And in summer you can easily take a trip to one of our steam train services!
TRAVEL BY TRAIN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EUROPE
If Scotland is only part of your journey, there are a number of bonuses that will allow you to travel unlimitedly through Scotland, England, and Wales.
You can buy a BritRail voucher in your own country, before starting your trip, through a travel agency or online. Look for the discount offer available for travelers under 26 or over 60, and also for families.
If you reside in a European country other than the United Kingdom for at least 6 months a year. The InterRail voucher, which allows unlimited train travel in Britain, can save you money when you plan to visit Scotland as part of a European trip longer.