The 150th Open

Old Course at St Andrews hosts The 150th Open from 10-17 July 2022.

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.

This year's 150th Open at the world-renowned Old Course at St Andrews will be the largest in the Championship’s long history.

A record-breaking 290,000 fans are expected to attend the Open Championship in July with 80,000 expected to attend the practice days, and a sell-out 52,000 spectators during the four days of Championship play.

Travelling to the 150th Open at St Andrews

We're still finalising the timetable plan to support the historic Championship. In the meantime, you can find out more about what to expect when travelling to the course below.

Due to queueing systems in place at key stations between Edinburgh Waverley and Aberdeen, seat reservations will be removed from all ScotRail reservable services on this line of route from Tuesday, 12 July until Sunday, 17 July.

If you are planning to travel on ScotRail services between Edinburgh and Aberdeen from Tuesday, 12 July until Sunday 17, July and require a seat due to limited mobility, we recommend you book passenger assistance.

You can book assistance:

  • By visiting any staffed station on our network
  • Online: Assisted Travel booking form (please do not use this after 2200 and before 0700 as this will only be processed during the hours 0700-2200)
  • Passenger Assistance App by Transreport: available for download from App Stores; find out more.
  • Free Assisted Travel Helpline: 0800 046 1634
  • Assisted Travel Textphone: 18001 0800 046 1634 (for deaf and customers 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. You may have to queue for up to one hour at key stations, including, Leuchars, Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh Waverley, and Haymarket.
  • Listen to station staff – they’re there to help you!

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 14 until Sunday 17 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 Leuchars station car park as a spectator queuing area during busy times. The car park will be closed to the public from midnight on Friday, 8 July.

All vehicles should be removed from Leuchars station car park before midnight on Friday, 8 July. 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.

If this effects your travel plans and you have limited mobility, please contact our assisted travel team:

  • Free Assisted Travel Helpline: 0800 046 1634
  • Assisted Travel Textphone: 18001 0800 046 1634 (for deaf and customers who are hard of hearing)
  • Visit our assisted travel page.

Note: There will be a very limited number of parking spaces available in the south car park at Leuchars station for Blue Badge holders.

Download queue map for Leuchars station during The Open

You can find more information on what to expect when you arrive at the course, including a list of prohibited items, on the R&A website.

R&A spectator advice.

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