Anytime Train Tickets

Between 2 October 2023 and 31 March 2024, customers can travel at any time of day on Off-Peak tickets. This means Anytime tickets will be reduced to the same level as the equivalent Off-Peak fare during this time. As this is a six-month trial customers will still see Anytime ticket types online. However, you will not pay any more than the equivalent Off-Peak fare. Click here to find out more about this six-month trial and what it means for all tickets.

The freedom to travel whenever you want

Sometimes flexibility is the most important thing you need when buying a train ticket. Plans can change, life happens and knowing that your ticket is valid to hop on the train when you need to is essential. That’s where our Anytime tickets come in.

Anytime tickets allow you to buy a Single, Day Return, or Open Return journey starting at any time, and on any day. There’s no need to book well in advance. Simply buy a ticket before you board the train.

Anytime tickets are the most flexible way to travel by train. You can even break your journey at stations along your chosen route. If you’ve got a railcard, be sure to use it when you buy your ticket so you can enjoy a discount off your ticket. Under 5s also travel free, and there’s a 50% discount for 5-to-15-year-olds.

Take a look below to see if this ticket type is the perfect fit for your upcoming journey.

What you need to know

For Single and Day Returns, you must travel on the date shown on your ticket. For Open Returns, your outward journey must be within 5 days of the date shown on your ticket, with the return journey taken within a month of the date shown.

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How to buy your Anytime tickets:

  • Online
  • Via the ScotRail app
  • Ticket vending machine
  • Ticket office
  • By phone on 0344 811 0141

Anytime tickets give you the freedom to travel whenever you want. You can buy a Single, Day Return, or Open Return ticket for train journeys on any day, and at any time.

The flexibility of Anytime tickets means you don’t have to book them in advance. Simply buy a ticket on the day and hop aboard. You can also break your journey up at stations along the route.


Anytime tickets can be bought online, on the ScotRail app, and at any ScotRail ticket office. You can also buy tickets on the phone by calling 0344 811 0141.


Single and Day Returns are only valid for travel on the date on your ticket. For Open Returns you must ensure that your outward journey is taken within 5 days, and your return journey within a month, of the date shown on the ticket.


You can change your ticket and get a refund. This incurs a £10 admin fee.


Anytime tickets qualify for Railcard discounts. Under 5s travel free and there’s a 50% discount for 5-15 year olds.


First Class ticket upgrades are available on selected city-to-city routes. You can buy a First Class ticket in advance and some routes allow you to upgrade on the train.

First Class Anytime Single tickets are valid for travel within two days of the date shown on your ticket.


Seat Reservations are not available on the majority of ScotRail services. You can reserve a seat on some longer journeys, up to 12 weeks before you travel.

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