Off-Peak Tickets

Cheaper fares when you travel at less busy times

If your journey isn’t dependent on the time you take it, or perhaps you simply wish to travel on a less busy train, you can get cheaper fares with an Off-Peak ticket.

You can buy an Off-Peak ticket for outward journeys starting after 9.15 on weekdays, and at any time during the weekend. Super Off-Peak Day Return tickets offer the cheapest fares and are exclusive to Smartcard users.

It’s a great way to save money. There’s no need to book in advance and you can get further discounts when you use a Railcard. They’re flexible too, meaning you can break your journey at stations along your chosen route.

Buying Off-Peak tickets

You can buy Off-Peak tickets online, with the ScotRail app, via a ticket vending machine, at a ticket office, or by phone on 0344 811 0141.

You’ll need one of our free Smartcards to buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return. Applying for a Smartcard is quick and easy, simply sign up here. It takes just a few minutes and your free card will arrive in five working days.

What you need to know

There are some restrictions when you travel during the evening peak period. Off-Peak tickets can’t be used to travel to certain destinations on services from Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh Waverley, or Haymarket that leave after 16.42 and before 18.11.

They also can’t be used on the following services:

  • 18.15 Edinburgh (18.21 Haymarket) to Glasgow Queen Street
  • 18.15 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
  • 18:30 Edinburgh (18:34 Haymarket) to Aberdeen

If you are unsure whether the train you wish to travel on is Off-Peak, please use the Buy Tickets function to check. Enter your departure station, destination and time. It will display a selection of trains, highlighting the tickets available for Off-Peak services.

For Single and Day Returns, you must travel on the date shown on your ticket. For Open Returns, your return journey must be taken within a month of the date shown on your ticket. Off-Peak Single journey tickets aren’t available on every service.

Super Off-Peak Day Returns can be bought for travel between 11.00 and 15.00, after 20.00. They can also be used to and from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow on weekdays.

If you need to change your ticket or get a refund, there’s a £10 admin fee.

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An Off-Peak ticket offers cheaper train fares during less busy travel times. They’re flexible, meaning you don’t need to book in advance and can use them to break up your journey at stations along your route.

Off-Peak tickets can be bought for outward journeys after 9.15 on weekdays and at any time during the weekend. They are valid on all ScotRail, CrossCountry, and Avanti West Coast services.

Even cheaper fares are available with a Super Off-Peak Day Return. These are exclusive to Smartcard users and valid on ScotRail services only from 11.00 to 15.00, and after 20.00.

Off-Peak 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.

Not every service will offer Off-Peak tickets and some restrictions may apply during evening peak times.

Off-Peak tickets are not valid for travel to certain destinations on services from Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh Waverley, or Haymarket, that depart after 16.42 and before 18.11.

The following services are also except from Off-Peak ticket fares:

  • 18.15 Edinburgh (18.21 Haymarket) to Glasgow Queen Street
  • 18.15 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
  • 18:30 Edinburgh (18:34 Haymarket) to Aberdeen

For Single and Day Returns, you must travel on the date shown on your ticket. For Open Returns, return journeys must be made within a month of this date.

Yes. There are no restrictions to Off-Peak tickets on Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Off-Peak 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 the train.

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.