The Open

Carnoustie Golf Links hosts The 147th Open from 15-22 July 2018.

The Open is the original championship in professional golf, and the Claret Jug - first presented in 1873 - is one of the most iconic trophies in sport.

Carnoustie ScotRail train service

We're running an enhanced timetable and adding extra carriages to trains between Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Carnoustie on Championship days: Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 July. Buy train tickets in advance to make your journey quicker and smoother.

From Carnoustie station, it’s a short five-minute walk straight to the course along the coast road, with beautiful and stunning views of the North Sea.

We’re slightly altering our timetable so more services will stop at Carnoustie. The majority of trains will call at the station in both directions from around 07.00 on Thursday 19 July through to Saturday 21 July, and from around 08.00 on Sunday 22 July.

Train services run to Carnoustie from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Aberdeen, calling at intermediate stations.

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Buy your train tickets to Carnoustie in advance to avoid additional queuing on the day. Collect pre-booked tickets from staffed ticket offices or ticket machines.

If you're buying tickets for a group of ten people or more, contact telesales on 0344 811 0141. There are no discounts for groups.

The entrance to The Open is a short five-minute walk from the station and the route is signposted.

If you need special assistance, book your tickets and contact us in advance to let us know how we can help.

You can book assistance:

  • At any staffed station on our network
  • Online: Assisted Travel booking form (for journeys more than 3 hours in advance)
  • Free Assisted Travel Helpline: 0800 912 2901 (Monday to Sunday from 07:00 to 22:00)
  • Assisted Travel Textphone: 18001 0800 912 2 901 (for people who are hard of hearing)

There are three things you can do to make sure your travelling experience to The Open goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Buy your train tickets in advance
  • Leave plenty of time for your journey as queueing systems will be in place at key stations
  • Listen to station staff – they’re there to help you!

As we're running longer trains for customers going to The Open at Carnoustie, some trains will be longer than the platform at these stations. For safety reasons, we have taken the difficult decision to remove stops at these stations on the affected services below.

Any customer wishing to travel from Invergowrie, Balmossie or Golf Street on one of these services should get in touch with us using the platform Help Point, and one of our Customer Experience team will arrange replacement transport for you.

If you wish to travel to Invergowrie, Balmossie or Golf Street and your service is affected, please speak to station staff or the conductor on your train. They will be able to assist with arranging replacement transport.

If you have reduced mobility, we will provide fully accessible replacement transport.

Trains not stopping at Invergowrie:

Thursday, 19 July

  • 1032 to Carnoustie (0908 from Glasgow)
  • 1518 to Glasgow (1453 from Carnoustie)
  • 1654 to Glasgow (1531 from Aberdeen)
  • 1737 to Arbroath (1611 from Glasgow)
  • 1843 to Carnoustie (1711 from Glasgow)
  • 2354 to Perth (2226 from Aberdeen)

Friday, 20 July

  • 1032 to Carnoustie (0908 from Glasgow)
  • 1518 to Glasgow (1453 from Carnoustie)
  • 1654 to Glasgow (1531 from Aberdeen)
  • 1737 to Arbroath (1611 from Glasgow)
  • 1843 to Carnoustie (1711 from Glasgow)

Saturday, 21 July

  • 1654 to Glasgow (1531 from Aberdeen)

Trains not stopping at Balmossie and Golf Street:

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July

  • 1905 Balmossie / 1914 Golf Street to Aberdeen (1711 from Glasgow)

In order to provide enough trains to transport golf fans to this exciting event, we’ll be making some changes to some local services from Thursday 19 until Sunday 22 July.

More information on specific changes will be published here before the event but, as a general rule, we advise you to check your journey before travelling in order to be sure of your travel options.

Amended train times may result in slightly longer journeys, so please leave plenty of time if you’re planning to catch an onward connection.

We're using Carnoustie station car park as a spectator queuing area during busy times so it's closed to the public from Midnight on Thursday, 12 July until Tuesday, 24 July.

If this affects your travel plans and you have limited mobility, please contact our assisted travel team on 0800 912 2901 (Textphone 18001 0800 912 2 901) or visit our assisted travel page.

Please allow more time for your journey.

All vehicles should be removed from Carnoustie station car park before midnight on Sunday 15 July 2018. Any vehicle parked in the car park after this time will be removed in accordance with Railway Byelaw 14(5) of the Transport Act 2000. The vehicle’s owner will be solely responsible for the full cost of retrieval.

The 147th Open tickets

There are many different types of tickets available for The Open, making the Championship accessible for all the family. With many ticket classifications likely to sell out prior to the event, you're encouraged to buy in advance to avoid disappointment.

Kids Go Free for under 16’s with an accompanying adult, and ticket holders aged 16-24 have the option of free campsite accommodation in addition to concession priced tickets

Find out more and buy tickets for The Open