Off-Peak tickets

Cheaper fares when you travel at less busy times.

You can buy an Off-Peak ticket for outward journeys starting after 9.15 on weekdays, and at any time during the weekend. There are some restrictions when you travel during the evening peak period.

Super Off-Peak Day Returns are exclusive to Smartcard users and offer great value on selected journeys.

Key benefits

  • Save money by travelling when trains are less busy
  • No need to book in advance
  • Break your journey at stations along the route
  • Discounts when you use your Railcard

What you need to know

  • Off-Peak single journey tickets aren’t available on every service
  • Some restrictions apply during the evening peak
  • For single and day returns you must travel on the date on your ticket
  • For open returns your return journey must be within a month of the date on your ticket
  • If you want to change your ticket or get a refund, there’s a £10 admin fee

Super Off-Peak Day Returns for Smartcard users

For the cheapest fares on less busy trains. Travel between 11am and 3pm, and after 8pm to and from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow on weekdays.

Travel restrictions during the evening peak

You can’t use an Off-Peak ticket to travel on services from Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket that leave after 16.42 and before 18.11, or on the following services:

  • 18.15 Edinburgh (18.21 Haymarket) to Glasgow Queen Street
  • 18.15 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

Travel at weekends and on certain routes

No restrictions apply when you travel on Saturdays and Sundays, and all week on the following services:

  • Glasgow Queen Street to Oban, Fort William or Mallaig
  • Inverness to Kyle, Wick or Thurso
  • Glasgow Central to Stranraer

How to buy your ticket

  • At any ScotRail ticket office
  • At our ticket vending machines
  • By phone — call 0344 811 0141
  • Online

Buy tickets online

Paper tickets and Smart tickets

You can use a paper ticket on all rail operators’ services. Smartcard tickets can only be used on ScotRail services. Smartcard must be used for Super Off-Peak Day Returns.

Travel times

Off-peak only. Generally, this means after 9.15 on weekdays and any time at the weekend, but some evening restrictions apply. For Super Off-Peak Day Return travel times are 11am until 3pm, and after 8pm.

Free child travel

Children under age five travel for free on all ScotRail services. Half price tickets for children aged 5 to 15.

Use it on

All ScotRail, CrossCountry and Virgin Trains services journeys starting in Scotland. Super Off-Peak Day Returns are for ScotRail services only.

Return travel

Buy a day return ticket if you’re coming back on the same day. Open returns are available on some routes and let you come back on any day within one month.

Buying your ticket

Buy in advance or on the day of your journey.

Seat reservations

There’s no reserved seating on most ScotRail service. You can reserve a seat for some longer journeys up to 12 weeks before you travel.

First class upgrade

Yes, upgrade on the train.

Railcard discounts

Yes, with all national railcards for standard class travel. Discounts on first class travel for disabled persons, HM forces and senior railcard holders.

Book online

ScotRail reservable services are open for reservations until:

  • Mon-Fri services: 10 May 2019
  • Saturday services: 4 April 2019
  • Sunday services: 5 April 2019

With exception of the dates and routes detailed below:

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Engineering work between Perth and Inverness

Saturday 23​ March 2019

  • 2040 Glasgow – Aberdeen
  • 0534 Aberdeen – Glasgow
  • 1102 Aberdeen – Edinburgh
  • 1010 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 1209 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 1508 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 1809 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 0844 Inverness – Glasgow
  • 1448 Inverness – Glasgow
  • 1725 Inverness – Glasgow
  • 2015 Inverness – Glasgow
  • 1036 Edinburgh – Inverness
  • 1336 Edinburgh – Inverness
  • 1742 Edinburgh – Inverness
  • 1942 Edinburgh – Inverness
  • 0650 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 0946 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 1046 Inverness - Edinburgh
  • 1255 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 1553 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 1842 Inverness – Edinburgh

Sunday 24​ March 2019

  • 1111 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 1811 Glasgow – Elgin
  • 1242 Inverness – Glasgow
  • 1550 Edinburgh – Inverness
  • 1053 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 1333 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 1852 Inverness – Edinburgh

Monday 25 March 2019

  • 0707 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 1209 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 1508 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 1809 Glasgow – Inverness
  • 0844 Inverness – Glasgow
  • 1725 Inverness – Glasgow
  • 0833 Edinburgh – Inverness
  • 1336 Edinburgh – Inverness
  • 1739 Edinburgh – Inverness
  • 0944 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 1046 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 1255 Inverness – Edinburgh
  • 1842 Inverness – Edinburgh

Engineering work between Dyce and Inverurie

Saturdays 20 & 27 April 2019
Sundays 21 28 April 2019
Monday 22 April 2019

Services not opened on the following routes

  • Glasgow – Aberdeen & return
  • Glasgow – Inverness & return
  • Glasgow – Perth & Dundee & return
  • Edinburgh – Aberdeen & return
  • Edinburgh – Inverness & return
  • Edinburgh – Perth/Dundee/ Arbroath & return
  • Inverness – Aberdeen & return

Saturday 4th to Friday 10th May 19 inclusive

Services not opened on the following routes

Glasgow – Aberdeen & return

Glasgow – Inverness & return

Glasgow – Perth & Dundee & return

Edinburgh – Aberdeen & return

Edinburgh – Inverness & return

Edinburgh – Perth/Dundee/Arbroath & return

Inverness – Aberdeen & return