Getting you to the Edinburgh Festivals

We've got more seats and later trains for the Edinburgh Festivals this August.

To help you travel to the Capital and make the most of your festival experience, we’ll have more seats and extra carriages on services to and from Edinburgh throughout the Festivals, which run from 5-29 August.

This is the 75th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festivals, and more than two million people are expected to travel to our Capital city to celebrate. Thousands of shows are set to take place across more than 250 venues.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Extra carriages will be added to key trains to and from Edinburgh, from Tweedbank, Fife, Perth, Dundee, Stirling, Dunblane, and Glasgow Central throughout the event.
  • Additional late-night trains between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street (via Falkirk High) every night, departing from Edinburgh at 00:03 and 00:33, from Friday 5 until Sunday 28 August.
  • An extra late night/early morning service running at 00:01 from North Berwick to Edinburgh, from Friday 5 until Thursday 14 August, getting people to and from the Fringe by the Sea.

Travel advice

We’re expecting services to be very busy. To help your festival travel experience go smoothly, we recommend you plan your travel, buy your tickets in advance, and leave extra time for your journey.

You can do this below, or by downloading our free app and purchasing mTickets.

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Taking the kids along?

With our Kids for a Quid ticket, up to four children aged 5-15 travel off-peak for just £1 return each with a paying adult. And under 5s go free.

Find out more about Kids for a Quid

Significant disruption due to strike action

The RMT union announced strike action for Thursday, 18 August and Saturday, 20 August across the Great Britain railway network resulting from a pay dispute with Network Rail.

While this dispute does not involve ScotRail staff, should the strike action go ahead as planned, it will have a major knock-on effect on our ability to provide services as the RMT planned action will involve Network Rail staff in Scotland.

Disruption to ScotRail services would not be confined to the days of strike action themselves but will may also affect the day before (Wednesday, 17 August) and the days following them (Friday, 19 August and Sunday, 21 August).

We're currently working on our plan for this and will provide travel advice for customers affected by strike action here.