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Two new smart ways to travel across Scotland

Free bus travel for children and young people under 22

If you live in Scotland and are 5-21 years old you are eligible for a card giving you free bus travel. Children under 5 years old already travel for free on buses and don’t need a card.

Children and young people aged 5-21 years old will need a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC) before hopping on board. Previously issued cards will not allow access to the scheme.

However, 16 to 21 year olds who already have an active NEC or Young Scot NEC issued prior to applications opening on 10 January 2022, can download free bus travel onto their existing card using the Transport Scot Pass Collect app. This means they will not need to apply for a new card to access  free bus travel.

Find out more about this at freebus.scot

ScotRail's range of smart M-Passes

ScotRail’s broad range of M-Passes offer the flexibility to traverse Scotland as you please with flexible and consecutive options through simply scanning the pass from your phone. Take in the stunning architecture in Edinburgh, the vibrant atmosphere of Glasgow or make your way up to the Highlands to capture the immensity of the Scottish landscape.

Find out more here

Technology is changing Scotland’s travel options

Your public transport networks are modernising with new digital ticketing and payment options.

Discover how your smart technology can make it even easier to get on board and travel around Scotland.



Mobile app

Smart payment

How does it work?

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More choices, more providers

Smart gadgets that can be used for travel in Scotland include smartcards or mobile apps. These pre-load your smart tickets, then you tap or show-and-go.

Alternatively, many operators also accept contactless payment.

Choose your smart media

Load it up with tickets

Off you go

More locations, more smart

Discover where you can travel smart in Scotland.

Your public transport operators are joining forces with multi-mode, multi-operator smartzones also available in locations across the country.

More operators, more convenience

Smart travel is available on many public transport operators across Scotland. Check locations for services in your area or operators to see if your provider is smart enabled.

More journey info, less stress

Traveline is Scotland's national public transport information service - the 'one-stop' shop for all bus, rail, coach, air and ferry times in Scotland.

Traveline helps you plan the best route for your journey across multiple operators and multiple transport modes.

Traveline Scotland

More choices, more benefits

Why go smart?

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