Who are ScotRail?
ScotRail is in charge of the vast majority of rail services in Scotland. You certainly won’t be able to miss them if you take a train north of the border. In total, they operate 372 trains.
They also operate almost all railway stations in Scotland. They run 353 in total, which excludes Edinburgh, Glasgow Central and Prestwick International Airport. Did you know that they run Lockerbie and Reston Stations, despite not running any trains to them?
For the most part, ScotRail don’t offer any big savings over other companies. This is generally because they don’t have any competition on their routes!
If you want to book a cheap ‘Advance‘ ticket for a specific train, then you’ll need to do it before 6pm the day before travel. It isn’t possible to buy them on the day.
There is some good news though, as ScotRail have abolished ‘Anytime’ fares from October 2023 for a six-month trial period. This means that all trains are effectively ‘Off-Peak‘ from this date. So, if you travel in the rush hours, there could be big savings.
On board services
Catering is available on selected long-distance services. You’ll find the menu here.
Free WiFi is available on all ScotRail services.
On the majority of ScotRail trains, it’s possible to bring a non-folding bike on board without a reservation. All of these spaces will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, you’ll need to make a reservation for certain services. There’s more information in our dedicated guide to travelling with bikes.
Up to two dogs, cats or other small domestic animals can travel free in both Standard and 1st Class.
You can find out more about Passenger Assist on our dedicated page.