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  • HawthorneHawthorne Member
    Hi everyone. My family and I are coming over from March 16-29. It'll be our first time in Scotland. We're staying with relatives in Caldercruix. There are 5 of us - My wife and I, and three kids ages 17, 12 and 10.

    We want to know the best rail pass to get so we can travel to Glasgow & Edinburgh multiple times (other places too if possible). It looks like there is one that allows for 8 days travel out of a 15 day time frame, but there are a LOT of options and we're not sure if that is the best plan. Any help would be much appreciated!
  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hey @hawthorne and welcome to the Community!  Our expert for public transport, @horizons, may be able to help you here!  He knows how to get the most fr your money!
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  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hey @Hawthorne as you correctly mentioned, there are a number of travel passes available. I have actually used the 8 out of 15 day travelpass termed Spirit of Scotland and that pass is not good value for money at all.

    As you have 13 days in the UK, I highly recommend buying a Family and Friends railcard for £30 for the two adults and two kids (10 and 12 years) and a 16-25 year railcard for another £30 for your 17 year old. I promise you that you will make back the £60 quite easily in your 2 weeks with the 33% discount on all tickets, especially if you will be travelling by train a number of times.

    To see Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Falkirk (Kelpies), Stirling + Alloa, Borders and North Berwick with the Central Scotland Rover for roughly £33 after the railcard (which has already saved you £34/£60 with the discount) for 3 days. Just make sure you have the 3 days of sightseeing lined up together.

    For any longer journeys, I would recommend buy an Off-Peak day return ticket for day trips. If you plan to take the beautiful West Highland Line from Glasgow then I would try to book them in "Advance" (non refundable, non changeable but way cheaper). The railcard is applicable on this journey as well. An Off-Peak return is flexible but potentially more expensive, hence I tend to buy Advance tickets for long distance journeys and treat the journey as a flight.

    Hope this helps (and makes sense).
    I'm Anirudh, an Indian travel blogger who has explored a lot of Scotland by public transport. My blog. Find me on Facebook | Instagram

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