ScotRail’s Club 55
To start with you need to be aged 55 or over. If you are, then from the 19 May until the 30 June you can make a return trip between any of over 345 stations across Scotland for just £19 return. If you opt to go first class (Scot Rail call it Premier) the price is £35 but do remember that not all routes have a first class service. If you have a Senior or Disabled Railcard you also get an additional £2 off.
There are two big advantages of this offer other than potential fare savings. You don’t need to book in advance except if you want to go Premier in which case you have to book up to 6pm the previous day. You can just turn up on the day, even five minutes before the train leaves and you are set. For those who don’t look over 55 you have better bring some ID with you to prove that you are as old as 55. I have never been asked for proof of age so, obviously, I look much older than my years! The other main advantage is that unlike lots of offers, there is no limit to the number of Club 55 seats available. You will always be guaranteed the fare. And if you want to travel every day the 42 day offer is available, you can do so.
You can start your journey from Carlisle or Berwick-upon-Tweed and your ticket is valid for travel on ScotRail, CrossCountry,TransPennine Express and Virgin trains services. You cannot use it on East Coast services and there are other restrictions as well such as not arriving in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow before 9.30am or leaving during the rush hour. For all the rules, click here