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ScotRail logoEdinburgh Zoo kids go free with Scot RailUse child train ticket to get free zoo entry

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If you travel to Edinburgh on a kids go free ticket from Scot Rail (kids aged 5-15 travel free off-peak across any Scot Rail route), and present your ticket at the zoo, you can get free child entry (usually £12.15).

The train ticket needs to be valid for that particular day. This deal can't be used with any other offer.

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ScotRail logo£16 ScotRail tickets for over 50sWith Club50 membership (£15/yr), then 20% off advance tix

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If you're aged over 50, you can pay £16 (plus yearly £15 Club50 membership which gets you 20% off all advance online tickets) for a standard class return ticket between any two stations in Scotland via ScotRail and Transpennine Express services. Outward journeys must be made by Sat 19 Mar, though you have up to a month to return until Mon 18 Apr.

You'll need to carry proof of age on all journeys as well as your Club50 registration confirmation email, membership details, temporary card or membership Smartcard.

The savings can be big: an off-peak standard return (both directions) from Aberdeen to Glasgow's £58, Aberdeen to Edinburgh's £51.60 and for Inverness to Glasgow, it's £55.70 - so even with the £15 cost of the yearly Club50 pass included it'll work out cheaper in most cases.

Check single fares if you don't travel much

Do check two singles won't be cheaper, when we checked on Tue 16 Feb, two singles from Aberdeen to Glasgow dep Tue 15 Mar, rtn Wed 16 Mar cost £30.20, which would be cheaper if you didn't already have the pass and were only planning one return journey.

20% off online with Club50 membership

After Sat 19 Mar, if you book online in advance at ScotRail with a Club50 membership, you can still save 20% on fares on any operator's off-peak services (weekday exclusions apply, see 'more info' below) between any two stations in Scotland. If you don't book in advance, you can still get 10% off tickets booked on the phone or at the station.

Free tea or coffee

You'll also get a free tea or coffee on ScotRail services with catering facilities, simply show your Club50 membership card. It's one drink per member per journey.

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Can't be used with any other offer, no child discounts are available.

Weekday exclusions:

  • Trains arriving into Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket, Dundee or Aberdeen before 9.30am.
  • Through journeys that involve a change at these stations before 9.30am will also be restricted.
  • Journeys which do not involve a change, but pass through the above stations before 09.30 are allowed.
  • Services departing Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket between 16.43 and 18.10.
  • The 18.15 Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street and 18.15 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley services.

ScotRail logoScotland train travel - £19 returns for over-55sBuy online, by phone or at stations

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If you're over 55, you can pay £19 for a standard class return ticket (or £35 first class - limited routes) between two stations in Scotland via ScotRail, Virgin, CrossCountry and Transpennine Express services.

You can book online at ScotRail, over the phone (08457 55 00 33 2p/min from landlines) or in person at ScotRail run stations (no need to book in advance).

First class tickets are £35 return (subject to availability) and you must book by 6pm the day before travel. It's valid on these routes only: Aberdeen to Inverness, Aberdeen to Edinburgh, Aberdeen to Glasgow, Inverness to Edinburgh and Inverness to Glasgow.

Outbound journeys must be made by Mon 31 Mar though you have up to a month to return. Plus, Senior and Disabled Railcard holders also get an extra £2 off per return.

The savings can be big: an off-peak standard return (both directions) from Aberdeen to Glasgow's usually £58, Aberdeen to Edinburgh it's usually £51.60 (£100.30 first class anytime) and for Inverness to Glasgow, it's usually £55.70 (£100.30 first class anytime).

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Exclusions:

  • You can travel from most stations in Scotland, as well as Carlisle and Berwick-upon-Tweed (but not between the two English stations). There's also limited availability on CrossCountry services to/from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
  • It's valid for travel on ScotRail, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains services but excludes East Coast, Caledonian Sleeper and private charter services.
  • If you're travelling Mon-Fri, it excludes arrivals into Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket, Dundee or Aberdeen before 9.30am and departures from Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket between 4.43pm and 6.10pm. Also excludes the 6.15pm Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Queen Street in both directions.
  • If you're travelling at the weekend, the only exclusion is the CrossCountry service from Edinburgh-Aberdeen at 6.11pm on Saturday and 6.13pm on Sunday.

Other key info:

Tickets can be collected from your chosen station (bring your payment card) or will be sent free to your home address within five days.You can't break your journey unless it's to catch a connecting train. This offer can't be used with any other offer.

ScotRail logo£19 rtn Scotland rail fares for over 55sPlus £35 first class for some, till 30 Jun

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If you're aged 55+, you can travel for £19 standard class return between any two stations in Scotland or £35 first class (selected routes only) via the following train operators: ScotRail, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains.

Book online at ScotRail, over the phone (08457 55 00 33 2p p/m from landlines but can fluctuate) or in person at the station (no need to book in advance). Outbound journeys must be made by Sun 30 Jun, though you have up to a month to return. Plus, Senior and Disabled Railcard holders also get an extra £2 off per return.
MSE Paloma says:

An off-peak Aberdeen - Glasgow return would usually cost £58 and an Aberdeen - Edinburgh return £51.60, so you’ll be saving at least £32 on these routes.

More info
You can travel from most stations in Scotland to and from Carlisle or Berwick-Upon-Tweed though it excludes travel between Carlisle and Berwick-Upon-Tweed and there's limited availability to/from Berwick-Upon-Tweed on CrossCountry services only.

Excludes East Coast, Caledonian Sleeper and private charter services.

If you're travelling Mon-Fri, it excludes: Arrivals into Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket, Dundee or Aberdeen before 9.30am and departures from Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket between 4.43pm and 6.10pm. Also excludes the 6.15pm Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street and 6.15pm Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley services.

If you're travelling at the weekend, the only exclusion is the CrossCountry services from Edinburgh to Aberdeen at 6.11pm on Saturday and 6.13pm on Sunday.

The £35 first class is only valid on these routes and must be booked by 6pm the day before: Aberdeen to Inverness, Aberdeen to Edinburgh or Glasgow and Inverness to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

ScotRail logoScotRail £19 returns for over-55sBuy online, by phone or at stations

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If you're over 55, you can travel between ANY two stations in Scotland, standard class, for £19 return with ScotRail when you book online, over the phone or in person at the station (no need to book in advance). It's for outbound journeys till Thu 28 Mar 2013 and you must return within a month.
MSE Paloma says:

An off-peak Aberdeen - Glasgow return would usually cost £58 and an Aberdeen - Edinburgh return £56.50, so £19 is a good saving. Plus, Senior Railcard holders and Disabled Railcard holders will also get an extra £2 off per return.

More info
You can travel on most services, but check below for restrictions. If you want to upgrade to first class, it's £26 return.

Excludes East Coast services and travel to and from Berwick-upon-Tweed. Not valid on Caledonian Sleeper and Jacobite Steam Train services.

On weekdays, it excludes arrivals into Glasgow Queen Street/Central, Edinburgh Waverley/ Haymarket, Dundee or Aberdeen before 9.30am and departing from Glasgow Queen Street/ Central or Edinburgh Waverley/ Haymarket between 4.42pm - 6.09pm.
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