Travel advice for major events

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

There's plenty to look forward to year-round in Scotland.

Here we'll pick out some of the very top events currently on the horizon, with tips on reaching them by train.

Our top tips for travelling to events:

  • Buy your ticket before you board. You’ll need a valid ticket for travel, and checks will be in place at many stations
  • Check your train times. Remember to leave time to catch any connecting services that you need
  • 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
  • Download the ScotRail app. You can use it to buy tickets, check train times, and see live service information
  • Don’t leave it too late. Services will be busy, and you might not be able to board your first choice of train​

We’ll be doing all we can to get you to and from this summer’s Edinburgh Festivals.

On top of extra carriages, we’ll be running extra late-night trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow and across the Central Belt. Not only that, but you'll be able to use the return portion of your Off Peak Day Return ticket on our additional late night/early morning services.

You can find out more by visiting our dedicated Edinburgh Festivals page.

Extra late night trains

Edinburgh – Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High

  • Two extra services departing late night/early mornings from 3 to 26 August
  • These will depart each night at 0003 and 0033.
  • Calling at Haymarket, Linlithgow, Polmont, Falkirk High, Croy, Lenzie, and Bishopbriggs.

Edinburgh – Glasgow Queen Street low level via Bathgate

  • Extra service departing late night/early mornings on Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 25 August
  • Departing at 0011 on Friday nights and 0009 on Saturday nights, calling at all stations except High Street.

Edinburgh – Glenrothes via Dunfermline

  • Extra service on Friday nights from 3 to 24 August
  • Departing at 2359, calling at all stations to Glenrothes with Thornton via Dunfermline.

Edinburgh – Dundee

  • Extra service on Friday and Saturdays nights from 3 to 25 August
  • Departing at 2352, calling at all stations to Dundee – Haymarket, Sotuth Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Markinch, Ladybank, Cupar, Leuchars and Dundee.

Edinburgh – North Berwick/Dunbar

  • Extra late night/early morning services on Friday and Saturday nights from 3 to 25 August
  • Departing at 0010, calling at all stations to North Berwick.
  • Customers for Dunbar can change at Drem for a dedicated bus connection (rail tickets will be accepted).

Fringe by the Sea

During Fringe by the Sea, we’ll be running an extra service from North Berwick back to Edinburgh just after midnight.

North Berwick – Edinburgh, late night/early morning trains from Friday 3 until Sunday 12 August

  • Extra trains for customers returning from Fringe by the Sea.
  • Departing at 0003, calling at all stations.
  • Last train usually at 2227 Monday to Friday, 2222 on Saturdays, 2220 on Sundays.

Off Peak Day Return tickets

During the Edinburgh Festival, return portions of Off Peak Day Return tickets will be valid for travel on early morning additional services.