ScotRail adds more seats for Scotland internationals

Last updated: Friday, 12 November 2021

ScotRail has confirmed more seats on trains ahead of a busy few days for Scotland’s international sports teams.

On Saturday, 13 November, the Scotland rugby team will be looking to make it three wins from three in their Autumn Nations Series when they host South Africa at the BT Murrayfield stadium (KO 1300).

To help fans get to the match on time, ScotRail is adding extra carriages to trains between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane, and Fife. Additional services will also operate between Glasgow Queen Street High Level and Edinburgh Waverley prior to the match.

However, supporters travelling to the match are encouraged to plan ahead as services to and from Edinburgh will be busy with customers beginning their Christmas shopping and fans watching the rugby.

Fans travelling to the match are encouraged buy their return tickets to Haymarket in advance as queuing systems may be in place at Haymarket station after the final whistle.

Customers travelling to Hampden Park on Monday, 15 November, for Scotland’s World Cup Qualifier against Denmark (KO 1945) will benefit from more services to Mount Florida, and extra carriages on trains to Mount Florida and Kings Park – the closest stations to the ground.

Visiting Demark fans are encouraged to travel to match by rail, on trains to and from Mount Florida.

Supporters heading to the game are advised to allow additional time for travel as services will still be busy. Purchasing their return tickets to Mount Florida in advance will help to avoid additional queuing on the day.

Regular customers should be aware that trains from Glasgow Central to Mount Florida and Kings Park will be much busier than normal prior to the game.

To help everyone’s journey go smoothly, ScotRail will have extra staff on hand to help customers on both days.

Customers are also reminded that the wearing of a face covering is mandatory on trains and in stations, and the consumption of alcohol remains prohibited on ScotRail services.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail Head of Customer Operations, said:

“There’s a few big days for Scotland’s international sports teams coming up, and we’re looking forward to helping supporters travel to the matches to cheer on our national teams.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to support fans travelling to the games by adding more services and more seats to trains.

“We’re asking fans to head back to the stations as soon as you can after the final whistle on both days, and not to leave it to the last train of the night to get home.

“Regular commuters who travel home from Glasgow on the line via Mount Florida should be aware that services will be much busier than normal on Monday night with fans heading to the match."


ScotRail’s top tips for travelling to Scotland matches

1. Buy your ticket before you board. You’ll need a valid ticket for travel and checks will be in place at many stations – including Mount Florida / Kings Park / Haymarket.

2. Check your train times. Remember to leave plenty of time to catch any connecting services that you need.

3. Listen up! We’ll have extra staff on the ground to help things go smoothly. To help them help you, please listen to their instructions.

4. Download the ScotRail app. You can use it to buy tickets, check train times, and see live service information.

5. Don’t leave it too late – there will be queuing systems at key stations before and after the game. Services will be busy, and you might not be able to board your first choice of train.