Up to 60 per cent off rail travel in Massive ScotRail Ticket Drop

Last updated: Monday, 24 July 2023

ScotRail customers are set to benefit from up to 60 per cent off thousands of tickets when the train operator launches its Massive Ticket Drop tomorrow. 

On Thursday, 6 April, an extra 100,000 Advance Single tickets will be released in the Massive ScotRail Ticket Drop.  

Advance Single tickets can help customers save up to 60 per cent on train travel, and are available all year round on selected routes across Scotland.

Every week, ScotRail releases around 50,000 Advance tickets for travel over the following eight weeks, offering customers cheaper fares across Scotland. With the Massive ScotRail Ticket Drop, the train operator is releasing an extra 100,000 Advance Single tickets, meaning from Thursday, 6 April, there will be thousands more chances to save.

Advance tickets are available on selected routes across Scotland. They can be found on intercity routes such as Glasgow and Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness, as well as coastal destinations like Oban, Ayr, and North Berwick. Advance fares are also available on some rural routes into and out of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Inverness. Advance fares are not available for travel between Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

For customers to make big savings, ScotRail recommends they book tickets as early as possible and be flexible on when they can travel.  

Customers can buy Advance Single tickets on the ScotRail website, ScotRail app, or at station ticket offices.

Advance Single tickets are currently available to book eight weeks ahead and can be purchased up until 6pm the day before travel.

ScotRail’s top tips for finding Advance fares are: 

  • Search on a Thursday - Advance fares are released every Thursday. The current booking window is open for bookings eight weeks in advance.   
  • Check for services early in the morning and late at night as these are generally quieter and often more likely to have Advance tickets available on them. 
  • Search for tickets from your nearest city station, not your local station. For example, search for Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen, rather than Cambuslang to Aberdeen. 
  • You can save even more on an Advance ticket if you hold a railcard or are a Club 50 member. 

Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway, said: 

“We’re delighted to be able to pass on huge savings to our customers as part of the Massive ScotRail Ticket Drop.  

“Scotland’s Railway offers some spectacular scenery, and we’d love as many customers as possible to get out there and enjoy it. 

“Whether it’s soaking up some culture on a Scottish city break, heading off on a Highland adventure, or taking a trip to the coast, these super-saving tickets are a great value way to get out and see Scotland over the coming months. 

“We’re expecting this offer to be popular, so our advice to customers is to follow our top tips for booking Advance fares and look for quieter trains in the morning or late evening, and search for city stations rather than local stations.”


From Thursday, 6 April, ScotRail services will be open for reservations up to and including Friday, 2 June 2023.

Some of the most popular journeys where Advance fares are available are: