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Getting around Scotland

Hello, I am interested in finding out how to get around Scotland. I would like to know: What kind of pass do I need to get so that I can alternate between the buses and the trains to travel to the same places? Do I need to buy tickets for each mode of transportation separately for each place I would like to see? Also, which one of those modes of transportation is more cost-effective? Finally, after staying in Scotland, I will be going to England. What kind of pass do I need to get so that I can alternate between the buses and the trains to travel to the same places? Do I need to buy tickets for each mode of transportation separately for each place I would like to see? Thanks, Nichonar

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  • LochNessPhotographyLochNessPhotography Member ✭✭✭
    Hey @NicPe, you don't need a travel pass as such and as @Horizons Travel Pass thread indicates they're not always good value for money. The trick is to book as far as advance as you can to get the best deals. Bus, rail and ferry journeys are for the most part looked after by different companies so you will need separate tickets for each mode of transport. 

    Ferries: Calmac for travel to the Outer Hebrides, Arran and Inner Hebrides. Northlink for Orkney and Shetland.

    Scotrail handles rail travel in Scotland and you can book tickets online with them for travel in Scotland. Don't worry about travelling down to England either, you can buy tickets from locations to Scotland to anywhere else in the UK without any hassle. I usually use Trainline to buy my tickets but you can also buy tickets from the stations. There's usually a ticket machine or ticket office in most stations. 

    Buses are generally operated by Citylink and Stagecoach. As a very general rule of thumb, Citylink take care of the longer journeys between places like Aberdeen, Fort William, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. Stagecoach take care of local routes.

    Traveline Scotland is a brilliant resource for checking out all journeys on public transport in Scotland and I'd recommend bookmarking that one. 
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