Alcohol ban

Everyone wants to be able to travel in a safe and friendly environment, so visible alcohol is banned on ScotRail trains between 21:00 and 10:00 the next day.

People who are extremely drunk, or acting in a disorderly manner, are not permitted to board at any time of day.

Our alcohol ban is delivered with the support of British Transport Police. It has been welcomed by the vast majority of ScotRail customers, and incidences of anti social behaviour caused by alcohol have reduced as a result.

At a glance

  • You may not drink alcohol on board ScotRail trains between 21:00 and 10:00
  • You cannot carry on visible alcohol during these times - opened or unopened. However, if the alcohol is in a bag and cannot be seen, no action will be taken
  • We won't sell alcohol on board after 20.30 to give you time to drink up before 21:00
  • We may not allow you to board if you are extremely drunk

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