Rail and bus

Book train and bus travel all in one go.

Please note: As part of our COVID-19 response, we have changed our refund policy, making all tickets refundable. Please visit our Refunds page for guidance and instructions.

Rail and bus tickets allow you to book train and bus travel together, making it easier to travel to far-flung places and get about town.

There are two main options for travel across Scotland: PLUSBUS, a bus pass to go along with your train ticket; and RailBus, which gives you a single ticket to a specific destination. You can also discover The Borders via rail and bus with our Borders Explorer, or get the most out of Edinburgh and Glasgow with our Rail and City Bus tour tickets.

The PlusBus ticket

PlusBus is a bus pass that goes with your train ticket. It gives you unlimited travel in the area around your chosen PlusBus station.

Great value and unlimited bus travel from PLUSBUSSo if you wanted to get the train to Aberdeen, do some shopping, visit a friend and catch a musical at His Majesty's Theatre, you could buy a PlusBus ticket with your rail ticket and hop on and off the bus all day.

Railcard discounts also apply for PlusBus. And if you need to get the bus every day, you can even get a PlusBus season ticket.

Buying your ticket

You can buy a PlusBus ticket with your rail ticket:

  • Online (except for purchases with a Family & Friends Railcard)
  • From the ticket office at a staffed station
  • By phone on 0344 811 0141
  • On-train when boarding at a station with no ticket issuing facility

PlusBus destinations

You can buy PlusBus tickets if you're travelling to or from these ScotRail stations. Click the station names for fares and further information:

We’ve teamed up with Borders Buses to offer a new all-in-one rail and bus ticket. Get standard or off-peak travel that allows great value, joined-up journeys between Edinburgh and the historic Borders towns.

  • Explore the beautiful and historic borders towns and villages from Edinburgh
  • Ticket includes ScotRail travel to/ from Edinburgh Waverley and any Borders Bus from Galashiels Transport Interchange to Hawick, Jedburgh, Peebles, Kelso etc. Includes Borders hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus, when running
  • Customers can only leave or board the train at either Galashiels or Tweedbank in order to board the connecting Borders Bus service
  • Perfect all-inclusive ticket, especially for residents and visitors staying in Edinburgh and the Borders
  • Available for both Peak and Off Peak journeys
  • Download the available routes here

Buying your ticket

  • Available at any manned station, on train or by phone
  • Show the return ticket to the bus driver – keep the ticket for the return journey

RailBus is a ticket that allows you to use the bus and the train to get to a specific place.

So if you buy a ticket from Glasgow to Peterhead, you can get the train to Aberdeen and then get a bus to Peterhead without buying separate tickets for each leg of your journey. It saves you time and makes travelling much easier.

RailBus destinations

You can use your RailBus ticket to travel to the following places:

Destination Interchange with rail network at:
Aboyne Aberdeen
Ballater Aberdeen
Banchory Aberdeen
Blairgowrie Perth
Braehead/XScape Partick
Braemar Aberdeen
Callander Stirling
Crieff Perth
Dornoch Tain
Doune Stirling
Edinburgh Airport Inverkeithing
Edinburgh Airport Edinburgh
Forfar Dundee
Fraserburgh Aberdeen
Glasgow Airport Glasgow Central/Queen St
Glasgow Airport Partick
Glasgow Subway Glasgow Central/Queen St/Partick
Hawick Edinburgh
Kirriemuir Dundee
Lossiemouth Elgin
Peebles Edinburgh
Peterhead Aberdeen
Portree Kyle of Lochalsh
Selkirk Edinburgh
St Andrews* Leuchars
Uig Kyle of Lochalsh
Ullapool Inverness

Buying your ticket

You can buy a RailBus ticket:

  • From the ticket office at a staffed station
  • By phone on 0344 811 0141
  • Online (destinations marked * only)
  • On-train when boarding at a station with no ticket issuing facility

Edinburgh open top bus tourWe've teamed up with Glasgow City Sightseeing and Edinburgh Bus Tours to offer an all-in-one Rail & City Bus Tour ticket.

Get Standard Class rail travel from selected stations and discover either Glasgow or Edinburgh with a hop-on, hop-off open top city bus tour.

Rail & City Bus Tour routes

Rail and City Bus Tour tickets are available on ScotRail services from/to:

  • Greenock West/Greenock Central - Glasgow Sightseeing. Train to Glasgow Central
  • Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Sightseeing. Train to Glasgow Queen Street
  • Dalmeny/Inverkeithing/Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh Bus Tour. Train to Edinburgh Waverley

How it works

Glasgow Sightseeing

The City Tours run daily approx. every 15-30 mins from 09.30 to 16.30.

  • Bus tours depart from Radisson Blu hotel, Wellington Street (Glasgow Central) and George Square (Glasgow Queen Street)
  • Simply show your return train ticket to the bus driver - keep the ticket for your return train journey

Edinburgh Bus Tours

The City Tours run daily approx. every 15-30 mins from 09.30 to 16.30.

  • Bus tours depart from Waverley Bridge
  • Choose one of Edinburgh Tour, Majestic Tour or City Sightseeing
  • You must visit the tour sales desk at the Lothian Buses Travelshop on Waverley Bridge to collect your tour ticket before boarding the bus
    (Leave Waverley station by the Market Street exit and turn right. The Travelshop is on the corner of Market Street and Waverley Bridge, about 100m)

Buying your ticket​

You can buy a Rail & City Bus Tour ticket:

  • From the ticket office at a staffed station
  • By phone on 0344 811 0141
  • On-train when boarding at a station where there are no booking facilities

In the larger urban areas of central Scotland you'll find tickets you can use on both rail and bus services, and even on some ferry routes too. You can buy them at our ticket offices.


This gives you unlimited rail and bus travel, in as many travel zones as you need across Strathclyde. Pick up a ZoneCard leaflet from staffed stations in Strathclyde or visit www.spt.co.uk


This is available on bus and rail services across east and central Scotland. Pick up a One-Ticket leaflet from staffed stations in east and central Scotland, or visit www.one-ticket.co.uk

Travel passes

If you're touring Scotland, taking a holiday in the Highlands or just want a city break, check out our travel passes