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Information on Public Transport Ticket Options

There are many ticket options across the different public transport modes in Scotland.

As a Travel Plan Coordinator, it is useful to have some knowledge of the most cost effective ticket options for public transport travel, both for business travel and commuting purposes.

For more details on the ticket options for the public transport operators in your region visit the relevant local authority website.

Here are details of a couple of the schemes in place that might be of interest to your employees:

PLUSBUS is a cheap bus pass (like a travelcard) that you buy with your train ticket. It gives you unlimited bus travel around the origin and/or destination town(s) of your train journey, including to and from the train station.


For details about the PLUSBUS ticket options, prices, zone maps and participating bus operators across Scotland visit the PLUSBUS website 

ONE-TICKET is an unique travel scheme offering you unlimited travel on buses and rail in East Central Scotland (Edinburgh, West Lothian, Scottish Borders, Fife, Perth and Tayside, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling)  Tickets can be purchased for a week, month or year. Visit the website at; or call the hotline on 0845 055 1770 for full details on One -Ticket products, prices and areas covered.

Smart ticketing soon to be delivered across Scotland
Scotrail already offers its customers the option to purchase a smartcard. With a Scotrail Smartcard you don’t need paper tickets: they’re all loaded onto a single, reusable card. It’s faster and easier – buy your tickets online, and there’s no need to queue at the ticket office.

It has also recently been announced that Scotland’s bus operators are going to be working together to deliver smart ticketing for passengers across the country.

Bus operators across Scotland (First, Stagecoach, Lothian Buses, McGill’s and XPlore Dundee) have outlined their commitment to deliver multi-operator smart ticketing for millions of Scottish bus customers, paving the way for seamless travel between bus, rail, ferry and subway.
Successful delivery of the first phase of the project will see smart ticketing made available to around three quarters of the Scottish population over the course of 2017. This will be done through the launch of interoperable, bus-to-bus, smart ticketing across Scotland's largest cities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh) and the surrounding areas, with delivery of these schemes already under way.

Once in place, customers will be able to store multi-operator tickets electronically on a smartcard rather than using paper tickets and will be able to travel on different buses using one smartcard.

As well as these city schemes, Scotland’s major bus operators will also support the introduction of a single standard e-purse, a Scotland-wide saltirecard scheme that will be developed and delivered by Transport Scotland, and which will enable customers to top up their smartcards with funds – similar to the way an Oyster card works in London. The Scottish major bus operators will cooperate so these smartcards can be accepted on all their buses. This will allow end to end journeys across Scotland to be completed on the various transport modes, inclusive of subway, rail and ferry.

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