Off-Peak tickets

After a quick bite? Go fast and save money with Off-Peak tickets.

You can buy an Off-Peak Single, Day Return or Open Return 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.

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

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

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.

Travel times

Off-peak only. Generally, this means after 9.15 on weekdays and any time at the weekend, but some evening restrictions apply.

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.

Return travel

Buy a day return ticket if you’re coming back on the same day. An open return lets 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.