Return 'Club 55' train trips across Scotland for £19 for aged 55+ to 31/3/15 (+return) from Scotrail
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Return 'Club 55' train trips across Scotland for £19 for aged 55+ to 31/3/15 (+return) from Scotrail

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Found 17th Jan 2015
(Note: there is no 'Club' to join - just that of being at least 55 years old...)

ScotRail are yet again repeating their Club 55 offer, this time for outward travel by 31/3/15 and still includes Virgin & Cross Country & TransPennine services in Scotland but NOT East Coast ones and at the same price as last Autumn's offer (which I used a few times).

Note the RETURN portion can be in the one month after outward trip (ie by 30/4 if my +1 month maths are right)

Anyone aged 55 or over can buy a standard class return for just £19, with extra £2 saving for Senior/Disabled railcard holders.

It covers all routes within Scotland as well as across the border to either Carlisle or Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

"Club 55 tickets are valid for travel on ScotRail, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Virgin trains services but NOT on East Coast, Caledonian Sleeper or private charter services."

The standard class Club55 tickets are available to buy up to the day of outward travel and are for a return trip up to a month ahead with a few restrictions on peak hours at major stations.

While the £19/£17 tickets are similar to a standard Return ticket, they differ in that they do NOT allow break of journey except for connections!

There is a "Club 55 Premier" First Class offer too - at £35/£33 - but ONLY when pre-booked by 6pm before day of travel for specific trains out/back and for a few routes only (Aberdeen-Inverness to/fro Edinburgh/Glasgow) and avoiding peak times (ie similar to Advance tickets only valid on specific pre-reserved trips).

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Original Poster

You can read a sorta FAQ about the offer at
http://www.scotrail.co.uk/tickets/club-55/discover-the-benefits-of-club-55

As previously the online Scotrail booking engine does NOT permit a group of Club 55 travellers to be part Railcard holders & part not hence if you wanted reserved seats (together) you can't book them in one go. The way round this is either to phone them up and book & reserve your mixed party, or to book the tickets in separate lots and then organise a free seating reservation over the phone or at a station/agency (just remember to do it in good time).

We found last Autumn that Senior Railcard Holders doing day-returns could often undercut the £17 fare eg on the Far North & Kyle Lines, but a 55-60 y/old would save money. Similarly buying Advance tickets - which tie you to a specific train/time - may be cheaper (as may say MegaTrain eg from Carlisle to Edinburgh) but as a return ticket, allowing return anytime in next month, and not tied to any train these can be excellent value especially as you can buy them (Standard Class) on the day at the departure station.

There is a Club 55 offer also on currently from Arriva Trains Wales - running to 28/2 (+7 days for return) - ie same 55y/o+ eligibility, but different period/price (and a £5 Friday supplement) as well as allowing break of journey! See
hotukdeals.com/dea…282





Edited by: "mk-donald" 17th Jan 2015

Thanks for all this great info, MK. I might just have a skeck at this. Pity I'm married to a young thing who will have to pay full price :-)

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28/7/15: New (free for now) Club 50 announced with extra perks eg 50+ y/o and 20% off some tickets and special offers - eg £10 return in Sep/Oct instead of £19...
hotukdeals.com/dea…808
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