ScotRail reintroduces First Class offering on board its trains

Last updated: Monday, 23 August 2021

ScotRail has confirmed it has reintroduced its First Class offering on board its trains.

Following the easement of physical distancing restrictions on Monday, 9 August, ScotRail has reintroduced First Class on its Inter7City high-speed trains and Class 385 Express services from today, Monday 23 August.

The train operator had removed First Class during the height of the pandemic to allow any passenger to sit in the carriages and help customers keep a safe distance from each other.

As part of the reintroduction, customers travelling with a standard class Inter7City and Express ticket can take advantage of a First Class upgrade while on board the train, and travel in the comfort of a dedicated First-Class carriage with premium leather seats, more luggage storage, and plug sockets at every seat. All for £3, any day of the week until 30 September 2021.

ScotRail’s hospitality service is currently unavailable on Inter7City and Express trains, meaning the First Class upgrades do not include a complimentary food and drink service. The train operator is working towards reintroducing hospitality on Inter7City and Express services.

Lesley Kane, ScotRail Commercial Director, said:

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to reintroduce our First Class offering on board our trains. It is a big step on the road to recovery as we continue to welcome more customers back to the railway.

“However, the way customers travel is changing, and we need to adapt in order to best support them. That’s why we’re running a promotion, until the end of September, which allows customers to take advantage of a First Class upgrade for just £3 on all our Inter7City and Express services.”


  • Inter7City high-speed trains operate on long distance routes connecting Scotland’s seven cities.
  • Class 385 Express services operated between Glasgow Queen Street High Level and Edinburgh Waverley.