Smartcard

Get Smart.

With a Smartcard you don’t need paper tickets: they’re all loaded onto a single, reusable card. It’s faster and easier – buy your tickets online, and there’s no need to queue at the ticket office.

You can buy Season Tickets, Anytime and Off-Peak singles and returns for Smartcard on all ScotRail routes. If you’re travelling at less busy times, a Smart Super Off-Peak Day Return ticket is great value and available on certain routes.​

Our Flexipass ticket is brand new to Smart. Get ten single journeys for the price of nine over a one-month period on over 1,350 journey options across 28 routes in Scotland.

You can also buy SPT Subway tickets and SPT Pay As You Go credit for your ScotRail Smartcard.

1. Apply for Smartcard

Apply online and we’ll send you a Smartcard within ten days.
You'll need to take or upload a passport-style photo when you apply.

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2. Buy and load tickets

Buy online or at a ticket machine. To load tickets, hold your card on the reader at the ticket machine, ticket gate, or Smartcard platform validator.

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3. Use your Smartcard

To start and end your journey, hold your Smartcard on the reader at ticket gates or a Smartcard platform validator until the light turns green.

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1. Great value

Our Smart Super Off-Peak Day Return tickets are only available on Smartcard, offering great value if you’re travelling at less busy times.

You get special benefits when you buy your Season Ticket on Smartcard too. Buy online and you’ll get:

  • A third off Standard Off-Peak single and return tickets for you and three adults when you travel together
  • A £5 First Class upgrade on off-peak travel for you and three adults travelling together on your usual Season Ticket route
  • Discounts and deals on high street shopping, food, drink and travel with our Smart rewards

2. Fast and flexible

Buy tickets for your Smartcard online and there’s no need to queue. Load your ticket via the Smartcard validator or ticket gate when you start your journey.

3. Durable

Plastic Smartcards are tougher than paper tickets. That means less wear and tear, and you’ll get through the ticket gates more smoothly.

4. Transparent

Log into your My ScotRail account online to see recent transactions.

5. Secure

Lost or stolen card? It’s registered in your name, so your tickets are protected.

How to sign up for a ScotRail Smartcard.

Watch our short animation about applying for a Smartcard, buying and loading tickets, and using your card when you travel with ScotRail.

Don't have a ScotRail Smartcard but want to get Smart?

Personalised SPT Subway Smartcard

You can now put ScotRail Smart tickets on your SPT Subway Personalised Smartcard

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Buy ScotRail Smart tickets at www.scotrail.co.uk

Look out for Smart tickets and the Smartcard delivery option when you buy online from ScotRail

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Tap SPT Subway Smartcard on card reader

Then load tickets onto your Smartcard at ticket gates and Smartcard platform validators when you travel

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There are two ways to get a ScotRail Smartcard:

You’ll need to take or upload a passport-style photograph when you apply, which we’ll print on your card.

You should receive your Smartcard within ten days.

No. Your first ScotRail Smartcard is free – but we may charge a replacement fee in some circumstances.

Some of our Smartcard products are age-dependent. We need your date of birth so we can offer you the relevant range of products.

Your Smartcard replaces your ScotRail photocard. You can’t buy a Season Ticket without a photocard, and other Smart products – such as Club 50 membership, Under 25 Advance Purchase and Highland Railcard – also need a photocard.

You’ll be shown how to upload a photo when you apply online. You can either upload a photograph or take a fresh one with your device's camera – simply follow the instructions on screen.

Photo rules

  • The picture must be a photo of you and nothing else
  • It must be of passport picture quality (light background, only head and shoulders visible, face not covered and in focus)
  • Your face must be evenly and well lit
  • Your face must not be obscured by hats or hair
  • We prefer colour pictures but black and white images are acceptable too

Yes. If your Season Ticket is on your Smartcard, with your photo printed on the card, you'll no longer need to carry a separate photocard.

Anyone from the age of 5 can get a Smartcard. You must be 16 years old or over to sign up or buy tickets online.

Ordering a Smartcard for a child? Download the application form below.

You may be asked to provide proof of age if you're travelling with a Child card or Club 50 card.

Normally you only need one. If you want to join Club 50 you’ll need a Club 50 Smartcard.

No, but every member of your family can have their own Smartcard.

You can use your Smartcard on ScotRail services and on the SPT Subway.

You can buy Season Tickets, Anytime and Off-Peak singles and returns for a Smartcard on all ScotRail routes.

You can buy Smart Super Off-Peak Day Return tickets on Smartcard on certain other routes.

Our Flexipass ticket is brand new to Smart. Get ten single journeys for the price of nine over a one-month period on over 1,350 journey options across 28 routes in Scotland.

Look out for Smart tickets and the Smartcard delivery option when you buy online. We’re adding more Smartcard options all the time, so keep checking back for updates.

Note: Smartcards are currently only accepted on ScotRail and SPT Subway services.

You can buy Season Tickets, Anytime and Off-Peak singles and returns for a Smartcard on all ScotRail routes.

You can buy Smart Super Off-Peak Day Return tickets on Smartcard on certain routes.

Our Flexipass ticket is brand new to Smart. Get ten single journeys for the price of nine over a one-month period on over 1,350 journey options across 28 routes in Scotland.

Look out for Smart tickets and the Smartcard delivery option when you buy online.

You can also buy SPT Subway tickets and SPT Pay As You Go credit to put onto your Smartcard.

We’re adding more Smartcard options all the time, so keep checking back for updates.

Note: Smartcards are currently only accepted on ScotRail and SPT Subway services.

Smartcard tickets are the same price as paper tickets, but some of our best value products will only be available on Smartcard, like our new Smart Super Off-Peak Day Return.

When you buy a Season Ticket on Smartcard you’ll get other exclusive benefits online:

  • A third off Standard Off-Peak Single and Return tickets for you and three adults aged 16+ when you're travelling together
  • A £5 First Class upgrade on off-peak travel for you and three adults travelling together on your usual Season Ticket route

Yes, you can put ScotRail Smart tickets on an a SPT Subway Personalised Smartcard* when you buy tickets online from www.scotrail.co.uk

*Applies only to Subway Personalised Smartcards featuring your name and photo .

At the moment you can’t put ScotRail tickets on any other types of Smartcard, such as NEC, but this is coming in the future.

You can buy:

  • ScotRail tickets for your ScotRail Smartcard online at www.scotrail.co.uk
  • Certain other ScotRail Smart tickets (including Season Tickets) at ScotRail ticket machines
  • ScotRail tickets for your SPT Subway Personalised Smartcard online at www.scotrail.co.uk only
  • SPT Subway tickets and SPT Pay As You Go credit for your ScotRail Smartcard at SPT Subway ticket machines and Subway station ticket offices

Online

You can buy ScotRail Smart tickets online and put them on your ScotRail or SPT Subway Personalised Smartcard*.

Enter your journey details and choose the Smartcard delivery option at checkout (where available). You’ll be asked to enter your ScotRail Smartcard or SPT Subway Personalised Smartcard number.

Before you travel, hold your Smartcard on the reader on a ScotRail platform validator, ticket machine or ticket gate to load the ticket onto your card.

Allow four hours from buying your ticket before loading it onto your Smartcard.

Note: If you buy multiple tickets, they'll be loaded onto your Smartcard in the order you bought them.

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*Applies only to SPT Subway Personalised Smartcards featuring your name and photo .

ScotRail ticket machine

You can buy certain ScotRail Smart tickets at our ticket machines and put them on your ScotRail Smartcard.

Just hold your card over the reader and follow the instructions. The ticket will be added to your Smartcard straight away.

SPT ticket machine

You can buy SPT Subway tickets and Pay As You Go credit from SPT ticket machines and put them on your ScotRail Smartcard.

Just put your card in the reader and follow the instructions. The ticket or credit will be added to your Smartcard straight away.

Club 50 and newer Smartcards can hold up to eight products (tickets, railcards and memberships). To make sure your tickets load onto the card, buy one ticket per transaction.

ScotRail tickets

You can buy certain ScotRail tickets for your ScotRail Smartcard at our ticket machines. They’ll be loaded onto your card immediately and will appear in your My ScotRail account the next day.

SPT tickets and credit

You can buy SPT Subway tickets for your ScotRail Smartcard at SPT Subway ticket machines but these won’t appear in your My ScotRail account.

Note: You can’t buy ScotRail tickets for your SPT Subway Smartcard at our ticket machines yet.

Log into My ScotRail to see details of your ScotRail tickets on your ScotRail Smartcard. Details are updated overnight so tickets you buy today will be shown in your online account tomorrow.

You can also check details of your ScotRail tickets at our ticket machines.

For details of SPT Subway tickets and credit on your ScotRail Smartcard, put your card in the reader of an SPT ticket machine. Alternatively, contact our Smartcard team on 0344 811 0141.

To check the details of ScotRail tickets on your SPT Subway Smartcard, contact the SPT Smartcard Team on 0141 333 3504 or 0845 271 0944.

Product/Card issuer ScotRail Smartcard SPT Personalised Smartcard
ScotRail ticket Log into My ScotRail
ScotRail ticket machine
ScotRail Smartcard team
SPT Subway ticket/credit SPT ticket machine
SPT Smartcard team
Log into SPT online account
SPT ticket machine

You can put SPT Subway tickets and SPT Pay As You Go credit onto your ScotRail Smartcard at SPT ticket machines and Subway station ticket offices.

You can put ScotRail tickets onto your SPT Subway Personalised Smartcard* when you buy online at www.scotrail.co.uk

Plus you can buy ScotRail tickets for your ScotRail Smartcard at our ticket machines and online.

*Applies only to SPT Subway Personalised Smartcards featuring your name and photo.

The Under 25 Advance Purchase discount entitles you to 10% off Advance fares on ScotRail services, for Standard Class travel on a range of longer distance routes.

It is available to anyone under the age of 25, exclusively on Smartcard.

How to apply

  • Visit My ScotRail to sign up for a Smartcard or log into your existing Smartcard account
  • You'll be asked to provide your date of birth and, if you qualify, the Under 25 Advance Purchase entitlement will automatically be added to your Smartcard
  • ​Follow the instructions online to complete your order

​Buying tickets

  • Buy tickets online
  • Enter your journey details and select UNDER 25 ADVANCE from the Railcard drop down list
  • If an Advance fare is available for your selected journey, the prices shown will include the Under 25 Advance discount
  • Follow the instructions to purchase the ticket and put on your Smartcard​

Note: Normal conditions of Advance fares apply. Reservations are compulsory and will be made at the time of purchase - you'll need to present your booking confirmation along with your Smartcard when you travel.

You can make changes and get refunds on some tickets, with an administration fee.

Tickets on ScotRail Smartcards

If you bought your ticket online please contact Web Support

Otherwise contact our Smartcard team on 0344 811 0141.

Tickets on SPT Subway Smartcards

Contact the SPT Smartcard Team on 0141 333 3504 or 0845 271 0944.

It can take a couple of seconds for your Smartcard to validate on the target area. If the problem continues, let one of the ScotRail team know and continue on your journey. If the problem continues, call our Smartcard team on 0344 811 0141.

If you’re travelling with an SPT Subway Smartcard, hand your card to a member of ScotRail staff and let them know there’s a ScotRail ticket on it. They can check it with their Staff App. If the problem continues, contact the SPT Smartcard Team on 0141 333 3504 or 0845 271 0944.

You’ll need to buy a new ticket for your journey.

You may be eligible for a refund of the replacement ticket under certain circumstances. Call our Smartcard team on 0344 811 0141 between 07:00 and 22:00 Monday to Friday to find out more.

ScotRail Smartcards

Call our Smartcard team on 0344 811 0141. They'll send you a new card, and cancel your old one to make sure no one else uses it. There might be an admin charge for replacement cards.

When you receive your new card, contact the Smartcard team to get your remaining tickets loaded onto it.

SPT Subway Smartcards

If you’ve lost your Subway Smartcard with ScotRail ticket/s on it, contact the SPT Smartcard Team on 0141 333 3504 or 0845 271 0944.

They’ll cancel your card and arrange a new one. They’ll also manage the process to get your ScotRail ticket/s transferred onto your new card.

Buy your Season Ticket on Smartcard for access to deals and discounts on high-street shopping, food, drink and travel with our new Smart rewards.

Follow the link to Smart rewards from your My ScotRail account. You'll only see the link if you have an active ScotRail Season Ticket on your Smartcard.

To browse all offers

  • Log into your My ScotRail account
  • Click the 'View details' button next to your Smartcard
    If you have more than one Smartcard, choose the one with your Season Ticket on it
  • Scroll down to the 'Tickets on this card' section and click on the 'Smart rewards' banner to see all current offers
  • Click on the offer title for full details, terms and conditions and to claim

Click View details on your My ScotRail dashboard

Smart rewards banner on the My ScotRail card details screen

As a Smart Season Ticket holder, buy online and you can also get:

  • A third off Standard Off-Peak single and return tickets for you and three friends when you travel together
  • A £5 First Class upgrade on Off-Peak travel for you and three friends travelling together on your usual Season Ticket route

If your details have changed since you signed up for your ScotRail account, you can update your name, address, email and phone number online:

  • Log into My ScotRail
  • Enter your email address and password and click 'Log in' to go to your account dashboard
  • Click on 'Edit account details' to update your name, address and phone number
  • To update your email address and/or password, follow the link at the bottom of the 'Edit account details' form (tick the box to accept the T&Cs or the changes won't be saved)

If you want to cancel your Smartcard please call our Smartcard team on 0344 811 0141 between 07:00 and 22:00 Monday to Friday.