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  • ScotRail FREE off-peak day returns

    ScotRail FREE off-peak day returns

    Claim up to 2 rtns for travel 18 Sep-30 Nov on selected routes

    If you're planning to travel within Scotland over the next couple of months, train operator ScotRail is offering £1million worth of FREE off-peak standard day return tickets on selected routes for travel between Mon 18 Sep and Thu 30 Nov, excluding 7-22 Oct (half-term in Scotland).

    You can claim up to two return tickets – either two separate return journeys for yourself, or a ticket for you and someone else travelling with you on the same return journey.

    The offer is due to last until 11.59pm on Fri 15 Sep, or when £1million worth of tickets have been claimed, whichever's sooner.

    ScotRail says there is only a limited number of free tickets available on each route for each date, so it can be hit and miss as to whether free tickets are available on the dates you want to travel, so it may involve some trial and error and you'll be more likely to get free tickets if you can be flexible.

    How to get the free day return tickets

    • Visit this ScotRail link and fill out the online form – you'll need to give it your name, email address, and home address.
    • Choose either one or two free day return tickets (if enough tickets are still available), and the route and date you want to travel. You'll then be emailed your free tickets as vouchers.

    Either print or show the vouchers on your phone at the station and on the train when you travel, along with some photographic ID such as a passport, photo driving licence, student card, National Identity Card or Young Scot Card.

    Which journeys are included?

    Below are the nine journeys still included in the free tickets offer when we checked on Thu 7 Sep:

    • Blair Atholl to/from Perth
    • Blair Atholl to/from Stirling
    • Broughty Ferry to/from Dundee
    • Dunblane to/from Perth
    • Dunblane to/from Stirling
    • Falkirk/Camelon to/from Stirling
    • Inverness to/from Kingussie
    • Inverness to/from Nairn
    • Linlithgow to/from Stirling

    Off-peak travel is Mon-Fri trains departing between 9.15am and 4.40pm, any time after 6.15pm and all day Sat and Sun.

    When we checked on Thu 7 Sep, we found November had the most availability for all routes. You can only travel on the day and route you select when claiming your free tickets.

    Can kids get free tickets?

    With this offer, you can claim one free off-peak day return ticket for you and one for a child aged 5-15 (under-5s go free anyway). If you use your free tickets for two adults, you can get 50% off on off-peak day return tickets for kids.

  • £16 ScotRail tickets for over 50s

    £16 ScotRail tickets for over 50s

    With Club50 membership (£15/yr), then 20% off advance tix

    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.

    • 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.