Advance Train Tickets

Book early. Save big. The earlier you book tickets on city-to-city routes, the more money you can save. Our Advance Single tickets start from £5.

Advance Single tickets are available to buy online or from a ticket office around twelve weeks before travel. Remember, availability is limited so book your tickets as early as you can.

If you have a railcard, you can use this too to enjoy even bigger savings! You can also save up to 30% on First Class travel when you book Advance.

You can book with confidence knowing that if you need to change your travel plans, you can do so without any admin fees.

Take a look below to see if an Advance Single ticket is the perfect fit for your journey...

Travel times

Advance Single tickets are available on a range of services seven days a week. When you book an Advance Single ticket you book onto a specific service which you must then travel on. Your ticket cannot be used on another service at a different time.

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If you decide not to travel, you can apply for a Rail Voucher for the value of your ticket. You can do this before 6pm the day before travel at a ticket office or through our Refunds form. Cash refunds are not available with Advance Single tickets. Alternatively, you can change your travel date with no admin fee (before 6pm the day before travel) by returning to the place that you purchased your ticket from. You will just need to pay the difference in the cost of the ticket price you’re changing to.

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Reservable seating

With an Advance Single ticket you are booked a space on that specific train but not a specific seat. Click here to find out more about seat reservations.

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Our Advance Single tickets are non-transferable, meaning if you decide you can no longer use it, you cannot offer it to someone else.

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Purchase protection

Your Advance Single ticket is protected by our Delay Repay guarantee, meaning you can claim compensation if your journey is delayed by 30 minutes or more. Read our full Delay Repay guarantee and relevant terms & conditions for more information.

Where you can travel

You can find Advance Single tickets on ScotRail services between Scotland's seven cities:

  • Aberdeen
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh*
  • Glasgow*
  • Inverness
  • Perth
  • Stirling

*Advance Single tickets aren't available between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

​And also on:

  • Glasgow and Fort William
  • Glasgow and Inverness
  • Glasgow and Mallaig
  • Glasgow and Oban
  • Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Inverness and Wick

How to buy your ticket

  • At any ScotRail ticket office
  • By phone — call 0344 811 0141
  • Online

Buy tickets online

  • Online
  • Over the phone on 0344 811 0141
  • From a ticket office at a staffed station
  • Or from Rail Appointed Travel Agents
  • With an Advance Single you can travel on a range of services seven days a week
  • Your Advance Single is only valid on the train journey shown on your ticket
  • Advance Single tickets are sold on a single, one way journey basis. For your return, simply purchase another single ticket

The number of new Advance Single tickets available to buy will vary depending on each route, time, day of the week, and month.

The lowest priced fares are available from 12 weeks before train departure date. The further in advance you book, the more likely the fare will be available. The discount from a walk-up fare will decrease the closer to departure the train is booked.

Advance Single tickets are valid on ScotRail services only, for Standard Class travel on a range of longer distance routes and services:

  • Glasgow – Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh – Aberdeen
  • Inverness – Aberdeen
  • Glasgow – Oban
  • Glasgow – Fort William
  • Glasgow – Mallaig
  • ​Inverness – Wick/Kyle
  • Glasgow – Inverness
  • Edinburgh – Inverness

Should you look far in advance and £5 fares are unavailable, the next pricing tier may be available. This will depend on how busy the train is.

You won't be able to reserve a seat with our new lowest price Advance fares. However, you are free to sit in any available non-reserved seats.

You will get a seat reservation with other Advance tickets.

Yes, all Standard National Railcard discounts apply.

Yes, if you’re a Club 50 member you can use your member discount on Advance tickets.

To buy online, click on 'Buy Tickets' in the main menu above, enter your journey details and select 'CLUB 50 WEB - SCOTRAIL' from the list of Railcards. If you have selected an eligible journey, the prices shown will include the 20% Club 50 discount.

Yes, you can get a 50% discount for children aged 5-15, and under 5's travel free.

Our £5 Advance Single fares are for Standard Class travel only and cannot be upgraded to First Class.

However, we also have £10 Advance Single First Class fares, and our other Advance Single fares can be upgraded to First Class.

No. ScotRail First Class Advance tickets don't give you access to First Class lounges in our stations.

No, refunds aren’t available.

With Advance tickets you can change your travel plans before the outward journey and the Book with Confidence policy, which is valid until 30 September 2022, means you will not be required to pay an administration fee.

Visit any booking office, call the telesales outlet or visit the website that you bought your ticket from.

  • Changes to time or date of travel must be arranged before 18:00 the day before travel. You will need to present the ticket(s) and reservation(s) when you request a change
  • The origin, destination and Train Company or route shown on the ticket(s) must remain the same
  • The difference between the price paid and cost of the next suitable fare for your journey is payable. You won't get a refund if you change to a train on which a cheaper fare is available
  • You will need to present your original ticket(s) and reservation(s) as well as the new ones when you travel
  • Some Third-Party Retailers may not be participating in the Book with Confidence scheme, and customers with tickets purchased from them will only be able to make changes to their Advance tickets at station booking offices
  • The Book with Confidence policy also allows you to surrender your Advance ticket in exchange for a Rail Travel Voucher to be used on any future journey or purchase

No, you can't break up your journey unless it's for connectional purposes.

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ScotRail services are now open for reservations up to and including Friday 26 August 2022, with the exception of the services shown below.

Engineering Works

Sunday 3 July 2022

  • Glasgow – Aberdeen and return
  • Glasgow – Inverness and return
  • Edinburgh – Aberdeen and return
  • Edinburgh – Inverness and return
  • Aberdeen – Inverness and return
  • Glasgow – Perth/Dundee/Arbroath and return
  • Edinburgh – Perth/Dundee and return

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 July 2022

  • Glasgow – Aberdeen and return
  • Glasgow – Inverness and return
  • Edinburgh – Aberdeen and return
  • Edinburgh – Inverness and return
  • Aberdeen – Inverness and return
  • Glasgow – Perth/Dundee/Arbroath and return
  • Edinburgh – Perth/Dundee and return

150th Open Golf at St Andrews - Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17 July 2022 inclusive

Due to the 150th Open Golf at St Andrews the following ScotRail services will not be opened for reservations as queuing systems will be in place around the ScotRail network at various stations to/from Leuchars.

  • Edinburgh to Perth and return
  • Edinburgh to Dundee and return
  • Edinburgh to Aberdeen and return
  • Edinburgh to Inverness and return