BritRail

BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass

Explore Scotland by train with the flexibility of this great rail pass

  • Travel on the national rail network of Scotland
  • Explore more, take multiple train journeys per travel day
  • Issued as a paper document
  • Children under 5 free when sharing paying adults accommodation
  • Flexible: choose where you want to go, and when

WHO

WHAT


Overview

The BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass is the most complete rail pass to visit Scotland. It offers the possibility to discover amazing landscapes while heading to popular destinations like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Perth, and Stirling.

With the BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass, you can travel where you please, whenever you want! Take as many trains as you like, there is no limit on the distance you can travel in a day. The BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass, to put it simply, offers unlimited travel at a fixed price!

Hop on hop off trains to visit any place you want. The BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass gives you access to all trains, but remember that premium trains require a seat reservation. The Things to know section explains everything you need to know about seat reservations.

Enjoy the bonuses which are included in the BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass. You will get discounted fares for Heritage Railways Association’s trains, discounted ferry trips, free bus travel and more

The BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass is the key to have a hassle-free trip throughout Scotland.


ScotRail Sprinter crosses Loch Awe.

How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes can be booked for travel in one specific country or you can choose one of a few pre-selected country/region combinations. Extensive travel plans? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering train travel in 31 different countries - including Great Britain.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service selected, passenger type, and the number of rail travel days.

Use our Pass Finder

2. Reserve your seats

Reserve your seats

Taking local and regional trains allows you to explore at will. Simply board with your rail pass and choose any open seat. Reservations are required on most high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. We recommend always checking your desired journey for any specific seat reservation requirements.

Book Seat Reservations

3. Activate and travel

Activate and travel

Your rail pass requires that you activate it by getting it stamped at the ticket window at the departure station on the day of your first train journey. Once activated, you are all set and ready to explore.

Common Questions

Benefits

More than just trains

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass

  • 20% discount on Northlink Ferries standard fares between Scrabster / Stromness - Aberdeen / Lerwick - Aberdeen/Kirkwall/Lerwick. (Valid only on day of sailing, and applies to reclining seat fares only, not cabin inclusive.
  • Up to 20% off on participating Heritage Railways Association’s trains.
  • Access to Scottish Citylink bus travel between:
    Oban / Fort William / Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh / Uig - Inverness / Ullapool - Oban / Campbeltown - Wick / Thurso.
  • Free bus travel on the Isle of Mull with Bowmans Coaches.
  • Free bus travel between Thurso / Scrabster - Wick / John O’Groats - Thurso / John O’Groats with Highland Country Buses.
  • Free First Edinburgh services to/from the Scottish Borders (Kelso - Melrose - Galashiels - Peebles - Edinburgh (No 62); and Carlisle - Langholm - Hawick - Galashiels - Edinburgh (No X95).
  • Free bus travel on the Isle of Skye with Highland Country Buses.
  • Free services between Kyleakin and Kyle of Lochalsh. Not valid before 09:15 a.m. Monday to Friday on all services except West Highland Line (Glasgow - Oban/Fort William/Mallaig) and Inverness - Kyle Of Lochalsh/Wick/Thurso (North of Scotland lines)

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. I just landed in Europe. How do I get to the train station from the airport?

  • Q. What is the benefit of buying passes through the group department versus the web?

  • Q. Can I request preferences for assigning my seat, such as a forward facing seat, a window, or an aisle?

  • Q. Can I bring my pet on board?

  • Q. How much luggage can I take on an overnight train?

  • Q. Do the train stations offer services to help carry my luggage?

  • Q. Do I need to book a rail pass for everyone in my traveling party, including children and infants?

  • Q. How can I exchange my Trenitalia ticket?

  • Q. What if I have a group of 10 or more purchasing rail passes?

  • Q. What happens if I board a train with my rail pass but forgot to purchase a reservation?

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