Transport Scotland has today confirmed the fares increase it will put in place for 2024.
Following an extended fares freeze for season tickets and flexipasses in Scotland, from April all ScotRail fares will increase by 8.7%.
The ScotRail peak fares removal pilot will be extended by three months until June 2024.
Similarly, Caledonian Sleeper fares will increase on average by 8.7% from 1 January, excluding seated tickets.
Ministers have agreed these fares after lengthy consideration to ensure rail services are sustainable in the longer term and that budgets align with the overall funding available.
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Transport said:
“The Scottish Government rightly made the decision to freeze flexi-pass and season ticket prices as part of its response to the cost-of-living crisis. While this has now remained in place for almost two years, it is simply no longer sustainable.
“From 1 April 2024, all ScotRail fares will increase by 8.7%. We know that any increase is unwelcome for passengers, therefore we have kept the rise as low as possible to maintain the attractiveness and affordability of rail as a travel option.
“Caledonian Sleeper fares will also increase by 8.7% and this will take effect from 1 January 2024.
“We continue to look at ways to encourage greater rail use and that is why we are extending our peak fares pilot for a further three months until June 2024.
“Fares and fares increases remain, on average, lower than across the rest of Great Britain. ScotRail also continue to develop fares initiatives which can help attract more passengers, while offering savings and added value to existing rail users.
“We are committed to investing in public transport and through this latest budget we will provide more than £2.5 billion to support it. This includes over £1.6 billion to operate, maintain and improve Scotland’s railway, £430 million in funding for concessionary travel and bus services, and £434 million to operate and invest in our ferries.”