Off-peak fares live in ticketing systems ahead of 2 October trial

Last updated: Wednesday, 4 October 2023

Customers can now view and book tickets from Monday, 2 October onwards with off-peak fares now updated in ticketing systems ahead of the six-month trial.

The exciting trial will introduce cheaper and simpler fares on ScotRail services and customers can now check what they will save on their journeys via ticket vending machines, the website, mobile app, or indeed visit a ticket office.

The Scottish Government-funded project, encouraging people to travel by rail instead of car, will allow customers to travel all day on off-peak fares from Monday, 2 October until the end of March 2024.

The trial will see massive savings across the country, with fares on the main route between Edinburgh and Glasgow coming down from £28.90 to £14.90. Examples of some of the other savings on routes in and out of the main cities include:

  • Inverkeithing – Edinburgh (£11.10 to £6.50)
  • Perth – Dundee (£14.40 to £9.90)
  • Glasgow – Stirling (£16.10 to £9.60)
  • Inverurie – Aberdeen (£11.10 to £8.90)
  • Inverness – Elgin (£22.00 to £14.40)

There are some routes where no off-peak fare exists because the same price is available at any time of the day, and as such, customers will not see any change in those areas.

The project, which is a first of its kind in the UK rail industry, will support the Scottish Government’s ambition to achieve net zero, providing more people with the opportunity to use trains as their primary form of transport.

Customers can see full details of the trial along with frequently asked questions on the ScotRail website here Off-Peak fares all day long | ScotRail

Alex Hynes, Scotland’s Railway Managing Director, said:

“Everyone across ScotRail has been working flat out to make sure everything is in place for the start of the hugely exciting trial and all ticketing systems are now up to date.

“That means customers can now start to plan their journeys and check to see what impact the changes will have on the cost of travel for them.

“We are looking forward to a successful trial and we hope to see as many people as possibly choose rail travel instead of using the car.”