The Open golf

Planned strike action on Thursday 14, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July. Keep checking our website for the latest updates at:

Royal Troon Golflink train and bus service.

Royal Troon hosts The 145th Open between 10 - 17 July.

The railway is very much open for business and trains between Glasgow and Troon are unaffected by planned strike action.

We're running an enhanced timetable between Glasgow and Troon on Championship days between Thursday 14 and Sunday 17 July. When you arrive at Troon station, you’ll also be able to catch a connecting Stagecoach bus service straight to the course.

Buying train and bus tickets in advance using any of the methods below will make your journey quicker and smoother.

Planned strike action: 14, 16, 17 July

Trains between Glasgow and Troon are unaffected by planned strike action and we'll run the vast majority of our rail services as timetabled. However, some train services to Glasgow, and services from Stranraer will be affected. Train times may differ and the frequency may be reduced.

On routes with a reduced service, we'll be running trains between 07.00 - 19.00 on Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 July, and between 09.00 - 21:00 on Sunday 17 July.

Golflink services

We’re slightly altering our timetable so more services will stop at Troon. Trains will call at the station in both directions from around 07.00 on the Thursday through to Saturday, and from around 08.00 on the Sunday.

Stagecoach buses will deliver a regular shuttle service between Troon station and the course, and a queuing system will be in place to get event-goers on the buses safely.

  • Golflink shuttle buses will run 06.30 - 21.00 from Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 July
  • Golflink buses will operate on a reduced basis from Sunday 10 to Tuesday 12 July

Buy your train and bus tickets in advance to avoid additional queuing on the day. Collect pre-booked tickets from staffed ticket offices or ticket machines.

Step 1: Buy your train tickets to Troon

Step 2: Buy an Ayr PlusBus ticket (£3 return)

  • From staffed stations
  • Via telesales on 0344 811 0141


  • Ticket information applies to all days from Sunday 10 to Sunday 17 July
  • Concessionary bus passes, multi trip bus tickets, Dayrider and Unirider tickets are not valid on Golflink buses. Buy an Ayr PlusBus ticket
  • If you're buying tickets for a group of ten people or more, contact telesales on 0344 811 0141. There are no discounts for groups
  • Pop in and see us in the Spectator Village – visit the Travel Information desk in the Information Booth
  • Royal Troon is a 20 minute walk from the station and the route will be well signposted if you choose to walk

If you need special assistance, book your tickets as above and contact us in advance to let us know how we can help.

You can book assistance:

  • At any staffed station on our network
  • Online: Assisted Travel booking form (for journeys more than 24 hours in advance)
  • Free Assisted Travel Helpline: 0800 912 2901 (Monday to Sunday from 07:00 to 22:00)
  • Assisted Travel Textphone: 18001 0800 912 2 901 (for people who are hard of hearing)

As part of our preparations to deliver faster, longer, greener trains for Scotland, Glasgow Queen Street High Level tunnel is closed until Monday 8 August. Trains which normally run to the High Level station are being diverted to either the Low Level station or Glasgow Central.

If you're travelling to Troon via Glasgow Queen Street, you'll still be able to complete your journey. It might just take a bit longer, or you might go via Glasgow Central instead. Consider your travel plans for both legs of your journey before you set out.

Check your journey here to see your travel options.

There are three things you can do to make sure your travelling experience to The Open goes as smoothly as possible:

  1. Buy your train and bus tickets in advance using any of the methods above
  2. Leave plenty of time for your journey as queueing systems will be in place at key stations
  3. Listen to station staff – they’re there to help you!

In order to provide enough trains to transport golf fans to this exciting event, we’ll be making some changes to some local services from Thursday 14 until Sunday 17 July.

More information on specific changes is below but, as a general rule, we advise you to check your journey here before travelling in order to be sure of your travel options.

Amended train service times may result in slightly longer journeys, so please leave plenty of time if you’re planning on catching an onward connection.

Aside from the last train from Glasgow Central each evening, direct services between Glasgow – Largs/Ardrossan will be suspended. Passengers travelling on this route will need to change trains at Kilwinning.

Train times between Kilwinning and Largs/Ardrossan will be different from the normal timetable so check your journey options here before travelling.

On Sunday 17 July, please note that trains will not call at Ardrossan Harbour or Ardrossan Town. A replacement bus will run from Kilwinning to these stations.

Train times between Glasgow – Ayr will be retimed in both directions to take into account the additional passengers expected to travel to Troon. Additional services will also be added throughout the day, offering both earlier and later travel opportunities.

Check your journey here before travelling.

Services from Glasgow to Gourock will depart on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour, rather than xx25/xx55. Services towards Glasgow will not be changed.

The xx:57 service from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay will run slightly earlier between 09:00 and 15:00 each day. Services towards Glasgow will not be changed.

Check your journey here before travelling in order to be sure of your best travel options.

We're using Troon car park as a spectator queuing area during busy times so it's closed to the public from midnight on Sunday 10 July until midnight on Sunday 17 July.

From Monday 11 - Sunday 17 July, we're providing alternative parking for rail customers only at North Shore Car Park, KA10 6LU. A shuttle bus will run to and from the station, from the first train service each day to the last.

Please allow more time for your journey. You cannot park overnight at North Shore Car Park.

All vehicles should be removed from Troon station car park before midnight on Sunday 10 July 2016. Any vehicle parked in the car park after this time will be removed in accordance with Railway Byelaw 14(5) of the Transport Act 2000. The vehicle’s owner will be solely responsible for the full cost of retrieval: £150 vehicle removal fee and £20 storage fee per day (after the first day). Contact Kerr and Smith Ayr: 01292 269002

There are many different types of tickets available for The Open, making the Championship accessible for all the family.

Kids under 16 go free with an accompanying adult, and ticket holders aged 16-25 have the option of a free campsite pass.

For the very first time, Twilight Tickets are on offer. Watch the challengers for the Claret Jug play in the evening hours after 4pm.

Find out more and buy tickets for The Open at