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Buses, coaches, trains. How to travel around Scotland cheaper?

Hi everyone! I am going to visit Scotland in the end of December. 
How can i get to the all beautiful place (the cheapest way) without renting a car? I've heard about Citylink Exlorer Pass? Maybe you know a way better than this. 
p.s. I plan stay in Scotland for 10 days. (Edinburgh-maybe Perth or St. Andrews-Aberdeenshire-Inverness-Isle of Skye-Glencoe-Ben Navis-Fort Williams-Oban-Glasgow-Edinburgh) maybe I'll be somewhere else, I'm quite spontaious person :smile:


  • VisitScotlandLindsayVisitScotlandLindsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @zoyashermatova

    Thank you for your question about the best way of getting around Scotland. The citylink Explorer pass is a great way of saving money and there are 3 different passes you can get. £49 allows you to travel 3 days out of 5, so as many journeys in one day as you like. £74 for 5 days travel out of 10 or £99 which gives you 8 days out of 16. It is a great saving if you are doing multiple journey's in the one day.

    Some places you may want to visit may not be accessible by either citylink or train i.e St Andrews, but there are always local buses that can get you there and these prices aren't usually too expensive.

    Trains are usually more expensive but you could check out Scot Rails prices and compare them to the Explorer passes to see what works out best. 

    Citylink tickets can be purchased from our information centres and when buying the pass you do not have to book all your days tickets then, you can book your 1st ones, then when in another location you can book some more so your itinerary doesn't have to be set in stone when purchasing the pass. 

  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Wrote a whole response just now before seeing that your trip is already done. Leaving it below just in case people stumble into this thread. How was your trip @zoyashermatova ?

    It will be hard to beat Citylink explorer pass, especially when you combine the fact that it gives a free membership to SYHA hostels which are also quite light on the pocket. However, don't buy the ScotRail spirit of scotland travelpass, that is not worth the money at all. You may be better off buying 'Advance' train tickets in conjunction with a railcard if you're age 30 or less.

    If you are really adventurous, you could also hitchhike / make friends in a hostel or campsite. That is the other way I have gotten around Scotland :smile: but fewer guarantees exist here.

    Just one thing to note is that the village of Glencoe is a bit of a distance from the famous hikes and the bus stops don't drop off near the youth hostel either. This is something I recommend you research.

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

    Best of Scotland in 1 week itinerary (fully by public transport)

    My Scotland travels (includes EdinburghSkye, HarrisMullArranOrkneyLoch Lomond, Islay, Oban, DunoonSpeyside)

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