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BritRail Scottish Freedom Pass

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Price: £134.00 Buy Now

Ride the rails any four days out of an eight-day period, or as many as eight days out of 15. With this kind of flexibility, you can watch the country unfold, from the urban cobblestones of Edinburgh to the club scene in Glasgow, and from the untamed islands (transportation on Caledonian MacBrayne ferries included) to Loch Ness and Scotland’s legendary golf greens.

Please note this is not an e-voucher. This is a physical ticket that will be mailed out to you.


  • Standard Class only
  • Adult - aged 16+
  • Child - aged 5-15 years.
  • Under 5 free of charge
  • There are no special youth or senior fares on this ticket.

When placing your booking; 

  • You need to provide the names of all passengers (except children under 5). If you are buying multiple tickets on one order, please type the first initial and last name of each passenger separated by a comma in the space below (for example: J Smith, S Rossi, H Daw)
  • Your passes will be sent to you by post as soon as you have placed your order . When you provide us with your departure date below, we will check that there is enough time for your order to reach you
  • Please note: BritRail passes are not available for UK residents; this includes International Students who are studying in the UK for more than six months
  • Tickets can be purchased with a maximum of six months in advance

To place an order add the required quantity to the box below and click on Add to Shopping Basket.

 4 days within 8 days8 days within 15 days
Adult Standard£134.00
£180.00
Child Standard£67.00
£90.00

Please complete the following:

Date of departure for Britain (dd/mm/yyyy) To ensure we can deliver to you in time

  • Unlimited travel from morning until night throughout Scotland including ferries to the various islands and buses to explore sites off the beaten path.
  • Valid on all operators services within Scotland including travel to/from Carlisle and Berwick Upon Tweed. 
  • Available in Standard Class only.
  • Allows you to explore by hopping on and off the trains as you wish.
  • 20% discount on Northlink Ferries standard fares between Scrabster-Stromness; Aberdeen-Lerwick; and Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick.(Valid only on day of sailing, and applies to reclining seat fares only, not cabin inclusive).  
  • Passes cannot be used to travel before 9:15am Mondays to Fridays, (except between Glasgow-Oban/Fort William/Mallaig and Inverness-Kyle/Wick/Thurso.)  

The BritRail Scottish Freedom Pass offers great value train travel, whether you like to plan ahead or prefer to decide what you're doing day by day. The pass can be activated up to 6 months after your given date of departure. To activate your pass for the first time, you will need to go to the ticket office at any UK train station. BritRail Scottish Freedom Pass permits the holder to choose the travel days within the period of validity. Passes are available for 4 days within 8 days or 8 days within 15 days.

As a bonus, this pass also covers travel on Caledonian MacBrayne and Strathclyde ferries to islands, as well as bus services including Scottish Citylink services, Stagecoach in Fife bus services, First Edinburgh bus services, Highland country bus services and Bowman coaches.

Passes cannot be used to travel before 9:15am Mondays to Fridays, (except between Glasgow-Oban/Fort William/Mallaig and Inverness-Kyle/Wick/Thurso.

Click here for a full map of Britain showing which BritRail Pass works best for you


Why should I buy a BritRail Pass from VisitBritain?

  • you get preferential rates as a foreign national
  • the tickets are generally much cheaper than if you were to buy individual train tickets when you get here.
  • you save time queuing.

Where do I activate / validate my Britrail pass?
Before you can start to use your BritRail Pass you must have it activated. To do this, please take along your BritRail Pass and your ID (preferably a passport) to the ticket office at the train station you wish to make your first journey from. The ticket staff will then activate your pass for you. You can then board the train and, if asked, please show your ticket to the ticket inspector. You must fill in the date on your ticket of any journey before boarding a train.

Where can I find train timetables?
For information regarding train times, please click on www.nationalrail.co.uk. This is a really useful website for planning trips by train in the UK. All you need to do is type in where you want to go from and where to, with the date you intend to travel and it will bring up all the details you will need (times, changes if needed, facilities on board etc.).

How many train journeys can I make on one day?
You can make as many journeys as you like in one day. The passes are restricted by days, not journeys. A day is classified as one calendar day – not 24 hours from the start of the journey. You therefore need to commence your last journey of the day before midnight.

Is there a tour guide included?
No, there are no tour guides on BritRail trains.

Can I buy food and drink on trains in the UK?
Most trains in the UK have either a shop or a trolley service on board. Virgin trains sell sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

Do I need to make seat reservations?
It is not essential to reserve seats on all trains. Generally speaking it is only really necessary to make reservations if you plan to travel on a popular route (e.g. London to Edinburgh) at a peak time (e.g. Friday at 18.00). To make a reservation with a BritRail Pass you need to take your BritRail Pass to the station that you are going to travel from and the travel centre will make the seat reservations for you (for a small fee)

What is the difference between 1st Class and standard class?
1st class tickets include more legroom, your own table, reclining seats and overhead reading lights. Some trains also include complimentary Wi-Fi in 1st class. Buy a BritRail 1st class ticket from our website and enjoy complimentary food and drink on Virgin Trains.

Is there a luggage restriction with BritRail Passes?
There is no specific luggage limit, but please be considerate to other passengers who may also be travelling with luggage. Most trains have small overhead luggage racks and at least 1 luggage compartment per carriage.

Can children travel free with my pass?
For every adult buying a full price ticket, one child (age 5 to 15) receives a pass of the same type and duration for free. You must enter the child details at the bottom of the page in order to get the free pass

Is there a student discount?
Youths between the ages of 16 and 25 (inclusive) are entitled to a 20% discount in both 1st and Standard Class. Please take along a valid student ID card when activating your pass. It will not be activated without one.

Is there a senior discount?
Seniors 60 and over receive up to a 15% discount in First Class.



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