Travel

Bus travel

Young Scot Card

For those under 22, you are entitled to free bus travel in Scotland with a   YoungScot card.  This means you can commute to University and get around Scotland by bus for free! 

If you have   specific disabilities,  you are also entitled to free bus travel in Scotland.

Children: Children under the age of 5 years travel in Scotland for free, they don’t need a card. Young people aged 5-21 can get a   Young Scot Card  and travel by bus in Scotland for free. 5-15 year olds will need a parent/guardian/carer to apply on the child’s behalf, and will need a new/replacement card before they can travel. Young people aged 16-21 can apply themselves; if they have an active card already, they can download the Transport Scot Pass Collect app so they won’t need to apply for a new card to access free bus travel 

Stagecoach Buses 

Stagecoach is the main bus service for St Andrews, and between St Andrews and Guardbridge, Leuchars, and Dundee. Stagecoach also operate in Fife and Angus more widely. Present your student ID card to the driver when you buy and use your tickets.

You can get day tickets, weekly tickets, flexible tickets, 4 week/28 day tickets, and 13 week tickets depending on your needs.

Here’s information on student bus tickets for the   St Andrews area  (which includes Leuchars and Guardbridge), and in the   Dundee, Perthshire, and Angus areas,

You can find out more about flexible student tickets for   St Andrews  and surrounding area and   for Dundee

Flexible tickets for adults are also available. Find out more about flexible adult tickets for   St Andrews  and surrounding area and for the   Dundee  area.

Night Bus 

St Andrews

There is a   free night bus,   every night during term time (excluding the February vacation) from 22:00-02:30, just show your matriculation card. 

Dundee

Details of the   latest timetable   for the free night bus from St Andrews to Dundee can be found at the bottom of the page. Just show your matriculation card to the driver.

Xplore Dundee

Buses within Dundee are mainly covered by   Xplore Dundee.   These buses cover from Ninewells Hospital to Broughty Ferry, and many areas in between. If you live in Dundee and want to get around, you can download the app and purchase tickets (you’ll need to verify your student ID which can take a few days!). Xplore Dundee have various StudentSaver tickets from a week up to a semester – weekly tickets cost £11.00 in the app, and you can make as many journeys as you want in a 7 day window for that fixed price. Find out more 

For non-student adults, there are   different options for bus tickets   in Dundee, depending on your needs. 

Train travel

The Scottish Government has frozen prices on Scotrail tickets till March 2023. 

Railcards

Check if your bank offers you one with your student account first of all! If not, you can get your hands on a   railcard   which gives you money off tickets. Which railcard you can get depends on your age and your needs, but here’s a few options below:

  • 16-25 Railcard   can be bought online. It costs £30 for a 1-year card, or £70 for a 3-year railcard. This railcard saves you 1/3 on your tickets, so that initial £30 or £70 will soon pay for itself if you use trains often! 
  • 26-30 Railcard   can be bought online. It costs £30 for a 1-year card, and saves you 1/3 on your tickets.
  • Family & Friends Railcard   can be bought online. It costs £30 for a 1-year card, or £70 for a 3-year card. Adults get 1/3 of travel and 60% for children (applies to up to 4 adults travelling together with up to 4 children). This applies to children aged 5-15 years of age.
  • Disabled Persons Railcard   can be bought online. A 1-year card costs £20 and a 3-year card costs £54. You can save 1/3 on your tickets for you and an adult travelling you. Check the criteria to see if you’re eligible and what proof you will need to provide.

Booking journeys

There are a few things you can do to potentially reduce the cost of train travel (other than buying a railcard!)

Generally speaking, you will get better deals if you book earlier. You can get   Advance Tickets   6 weeks+ in advance which are specially priced. Advance Tickets are restricted however to the day and train specified, so if you need more flexibility, you are probably best to avoid Advance Tickets.

Off-Peak   tickets are usually cheaper and are for trains that are likely to be less busy. For example, weekends are Off-Peak all day. These tickets are restricted to certain times and/or routes, so check that this will work for you. 

You can use National Rail’s   Cheap Fare Finder   to find the best deals on tickets too.

It’s possible that splitting your journey may save you some money, for example if you wanted to travel from Leuchars to Edinburgh, you might buy multiple tickets such as Leuchars to Kirkcaldy, Kirkcaldy to Inverkeithing, Inverkeithing to Edinburgh. This would be all the same train journey, you stay on the train, but splitting the journey may save you some money. This tends to work better for longer journeys e.g. Edinburgh to London, but not always. 

Trainline does this with their   SplitSave   feature, but you could also do this yourself when booking through a provider (e.g. Scotrail or LNER). 

Generally, it’s best to book tickets through the train provider (LNER, Scotrail, CrossCountry etc) or National Rail, rather than sites like Trainline, because if there are any problems with your train such as delays, you are more likely to be kept informed.

Travelling around Scotland and the UK 

If you don’t want to travel by train, there are some coach/bus options which may be cheaper (although they will likely take longer to get from A to B!)

Ember 

Ember   is a relatively new coach service which is 100% electric. Currently, it operates between Dundee and Edinburgh, and Dundee and Glasgow. 

Tickets from Dundee-Edinburgh are £15 for a return for over 21s, and tickets from Dundee-Glasgow are £17 for a return. You can return on a different day too for the same price! The ticket cost is stable no matter whether you book 6 weeks or 6 minutes in advance. 

If you are under 22 and have a YoungScot card, book your ticket online and scan your card when you get on the bus! 

Accessibility: There is lift access via the central doors. You can book wheelchair spaces when booking your ticket, or buy a ticket on board (unless it’s a pre-book only stop). There is currently only space for one wheelchair on these coaches. If preferred, wheelchair users can sit in a bus seat and put their wheelchair in the hold (you don’t need to book a wheelchair space in advance in this instance).

Children: Children under 5 travel for free. Young people aged 5-18 who don’t have a bus pass are eligible for a child’s ticket. Young Scot cards apply here, so young people under 22 years of age travel for free.

Megabus 

Megabus   is a coach service, the nearest stop is Dundee, and you can get all round the UK using the Megabus. Ticket prices vary depending on when you book, the time you wish to travel, and the stops. 

Stops include: Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham, London, and many others. 

If you are travelling in Scotland and have a Young Scot card, you are entitled to discounted (but not free) travel within Scotland on Megabus.

Accessibility: Megabus recommends that wheelchair users contact them before ticket purchase to book   wheelchair space.   All coaches are wheelchair accessible. 

Children: There are child fares available for children under 15 years. 

Flixbus 

Flixbus   is brand new in Scotland, with stops currently in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Perth, and Stirling.  There are also other stops throughout England and Wales. You can also travel to and within Europe with Flixbus. Prices vary depending on destination. 

Accessibility:   Assistance dogs travel for free (with the relevant documentation), contact customer services minimum of 36hrs before departure. Folding wheelchairs or mobility aids are free to transport and will be held in the luggage compartment. It is best to prebook this in advance to check wheelchair space is still available, at least 36hrs prior. 

Children:   Children are described as 14 and under (15 and over are classed as adults). Children’s fares are not free. Foldable pushchairs can be transported, though you will need to contact Flixbus 48hrs before departure. 

International Travel

Finding affordable plane tickets can be a challenge, but how and when you search from them does make a difference.

First off, try searching in a private browser window, or clear your web-browser's cookies before you look for flights. Searching for flights midweek (as opposed to on weekends) can sometimes also yield cheaper results.

Try using tools like   Google Flights,   which compare different airlines' options for the route you're planning to fly. You can use the search results to go directly to the airline's website to make sure you're getting their cheapest deal.

Be careful buying tickets from third-party websites, like Bookings.com or Kayak, as these sites have very restrictive policies regarding changes and cancelations, which may make it difficult for you to get support from an airline if you needed it!