Reduced rail travel with the Young Scot National Entitlement card  
Type of offer
Ordinary Promotion 
Nearest stations

The Scottish Youth Railcard (SYR) discount is available free to 16-18 year olds and full time volunteers up to the age of 25. 

16 - 18 year olds will no longer be issued with a SYR, instead they will use their Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) which bears their photograph, Pass hologram, date of birth (DOB) and the Young Scot logo.  It is important to check their DOB on the Young Scot NEC to ensure the card holder is under the age of 19. 

Full time volunteers up to age of 25 may still have the old version SYR as they are aged over 19.

Holders of a Young Scot NEC are entitled to:

  • 34% off most rail fares
  • 50% off all season tickets
  • 34% off most advance purchases
  • Minimum fares apply before 10:00 Monday - Friday (except in July & August)


Participating train companies
Virgin Trains East CoastScotRailFirst TransPennine ExpressVirgin TrainsCrossCountry;  



Anytime and Anytime Day Single and Returns, Off-Peak, Off-Peak Day and Super Off-Peak Single and Return fares are all discounted by 34% with a £12.00 minimum fare.

Advance fares are discounted by 34%.

Season Tickets are discounted by 50%.


No further child discounts.

Discounts available with these products


Area of validity
Further Information

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  • Discounts available on any journey taken wholly within Scotland.
  • Valid on all operators services.
  • Minimum fares apply before 10:00 Monday - Friday, except in July & August.
  • If the passengers Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) does not show the holders date of birth (DOB) then no discount should be given and the holder advised to contact their Local Authority.
  •  For season tickets, the Young Scot NEC also acts as the photocard.  The last 8 digits of the card number should be recorded as the photocard number.
  • Period season tickets may be issued at a discounted rate for a maximum of four months beyond the nineteenth birthday of the holder.  The start date of the season ticket must be before their nineteenth birthday.
  • Reservations are required where the product being discounted is reservation compulsory, i.e. Advance.
  • On unused travel tickets, refund is as appropriate to ticket type, less admin charge.
  • For a replacement Young Scot NEC the young person must contact their Local Authority.
Period of availability
08/01/2007 - Until further notice


Available to purchase
08/01/2007 - Until further notice
Buying your tickets

Please note: The Journey Planner and online ticket retailers will not calculate discounts for Scottish Youth Railcard holders. Tickets should be purchased in person from the Ticket Office to claim the Railcard discount.

Booking conditions

Please note that you will need to spend a minimum of £12 in order to receive the one-third discount.