Alcohol ban

We want everyone who travels with us to be able to do so in a safe and friendly environment.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we want to do everything we can to support the public health measures put in place by the Scottish Government.

Therefore, from Monday 16 November 2020, alcohol will not be allowed in our stations and on our trains, and people showing specific signs of intoxication will not be permitted to travel.

Over the past few months, we have found that people who are extremely drunk, or acting in a disorderly manner, show complete disregard towards Covid-19 precautions such as wearing a mask and keeping a physical distance from others.

Our alcohol ban is in place 24 hours a day and means:

  • No alcohol can be drunk at any station in Scotland or on board any ScotRail train at any time of day.
  • You cannot carry visible alcohol – open or unopened.
  • Alcohol can be carried in a bag where it cannot be seen.
  • You will not be able to use our services if you are deemed unfit to do so.

The ban is supported by the British Transport Police, who will assist railway staff to ensure the rules are adhered to.

Railway Byelaw 4 (2) states that a passenger with intoxicating liquor can be prevented from entering, or be asked to leave, the railway.