Train and bus is less fuss with Borders Explorer

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 May 2019

ScotRail has teamed up with Borders Buses to bring integrated travel to the Borders Railway by offering a new all-in-one rail and bus ticket.

The new Borders Explorer ticket allows customers to travel to the beautiful and historic borders towns and villages from Edinburgh by train or bus on one ticket.

The all-in-one ticket includes ScotRail travel to / from Edinburgh Waverley and any Borders Bus from Galashiels Transport Interchange to towns and villages throughout the region, including, Hawick, Jedburgh, Peebles, Kelso and Coldstream. Customers can only leave or board the train at either Galashiels or Tweedbank to board the connecting Borders Bus service.

The Borders Explorer ticket is available for both peak and off-peak journeys, making it the perfect all-inclusive ticket for residents and visitors staying in Edinburgh and the Borders.

Midlothian & Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) has recently launched a new Borders App. The ‘Scotland Starts Here’ app provides customers with tours, guides, stories, interactive maps, itineraries and local information on things to see and do along the Borders Railway.

ScotRail Tourism Manager Alasdair Smart said:

“The Borders Railway has been a phenomenal success as it continues to grow in popularity, benefiting employment, leisure, tourism, and business.

“The new Borders Explorer ticket will transform the way people travel to and from the border towns, making it even easier, more connected and convenient.

“Get standard or off-peak travel that provides great value and allows customers to explore the beautiful and historic Borders towns.”

Borders Buses Commercial Manager Sharon Morrison said:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with ScotRail. The Borders Explorer joint ticket offers users a simple and easy way to travel, not just to and from but in and around the Scottish Borders.

“We hope it plays a part in encouraging more visitors to enjoy this increasingly popular part of Scotland.”

Midlothian & Borders Tourism Action Group Giles Ingram said:

“This new ticket will make the whole of the Scottish Borders even easier to visit from Edinburgh and beyond.

“Visitors and city residents alike can venture further without needing a car, to explore some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside, famed for its historic houses, food and drink.

“Tourism businesses throughout the Borders welcome the new Borders Explorer ticket by ScotRail and Borders Buses.”