Brilliant Advance fares from £5

Our Advance tickets.

We’ve launched a range of lower fares for savvy travellers who can plan ahead to snap up the best deals.

Save up to an incredible 75% when you book in advance, with Standard Class fares starting at £5 and First Class from £10.

ScotRail Advance Single tickets are available from 12 weeks before travel, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out. Stick a reminder in your mobile and book online here

Our new ticketing system works a bit like airline tickets, so the cheapest fares are available at quieter times.


Take advantage of ScotRail’s biggest ever ticket discount, book in advance and travel from £5!

  • Save up to 75% when you book ahead
  • Get the best deal on rail travel in Scotland with flexible single journey pricing
  • Enjoy standard National Railcard discounts on what's already a great value fare

Buy your tickets now

Wednesday 14 September marked 100 shopping days left to Christmas. To celebrate, we had hundreds of £5 Advance tickets on Aberdeen routes between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

The sale ran from 09.00 on Wednesday 14 September to 16.00 on Friday 16 September for travel from Friday 25 November until Monday 28 November 2016.

Travelling on one of our seat sale £5 Advance tickets? You’ll also be treated to £5 food and drink offers from selected bars and restaurants in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Flash your £5 Advance ticket and enjoy £5 cocktails in Rogano, £5 lunches in Barburrito or a quick £5 bite in Taste Buchanan, to name a few.

Terms & Conditions

  • Tickets were available from 09.00 Wednesday 14 September until 16.00 Friday 16 September 2016
  • For travel dates between Friday 25 November and Monday 28 November 2016
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Seat reservations are not available on these tickets

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Travel on reservable routes with our Advance Single tickets:

  • Glasgow – Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh – Aberdeen
  • Inverness – Aberdeen
  • Glasgow – Oban
  • Glasgow – Fort William
  • Glasgow – Mallaig
  • ​Inverness – Wick/Kyle
  • Glasgow – Inverness
  • Edinburgh – Inverness
  • Online
  • Over the phone on 0344 811 0141
  • From a ticket office at a staffed station
  • Or from Rail Appointed Travel Agents
  • With an Advance Single you can travel on a range of services seven days a week
  • Your Advance Single is only valid on the train journey shown on your ticket
  • Advance Single tickets are sold on a single, one way journey basis. For your return, simply purchase another single ticket

The number of new Advance Single tickets available to buy will vary depending on each route, time, day of the week, and month.

The lowest priced fares are available from 12 weeks before train departure date. The further in advance you book, the more likely the fare will be available. The discount from a walk-up fare will decrease the closer to departure the train is booked.

Advance Single tickets are valid on ScotRail services only, for Standard Class travel on a range of longer distance routes and services:

  • Glasgow – Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh – Aberdeen
  • Inverness – Aberdeen
  • Glasgow – Oban
  • Glasgow – Fort William
  • Glasgow – Mallaig
  • ​Inverness – Wick/Kyle
  • Glasgow – Inverness
  • Edinburgh – Inverness

Should you look far in advance and £5 fares are unavailable, the next pricing tier may be available. This will depend on how busy the train is.

You won't be able to reserve a seat with our new lowest price Advance fares. However, you are free to sit in any available non-reserved seats.

You will get a seat reservation with other Advance tickets.

Yes, all Standard National Railcard discounts apply.

Yes, if you’re a Club 50 member you can use your member discount on Advance tickets.

To buy online, click on 'Buy Tickets' in the main menu above, enter your journey details and select 'ONLINE CLUB 50' from the list of Railcards. If you have selected an eligible journey, the prices shown will include the 20% Club 50 discount.

Yes, you can get a 50% discount for children aged 5-15, and under 5's travel free.

Our £5 Advance Single fares are for Standard Class travel only and cannot be upgraded to First Class. However, we also have £10 Advance Single First Class fares, and our other Advance Single fares can be upgraded to First Class.

No, refunds aren’t available.

You can change your travel plans before the outward journey for a £10 administration fee for each ticket.

No, you can't break up your journey unless it's for connectional purposes.