If you’re after ScotRail First Class tickets, look no further. At Trainline, we’ll show you what exactly is on offer, from luxurious seats to complimentary meals and much more. Don’t be put off by the thought of paying more than you would in Standard either, as there are ways to find cheap First Class train tickets too! Read on for a complete guide to ScotRail First Class.

What do you get with ScotRail in First Class?

As well as all the usual amenities you'll find in Standard Class on ScotRail trains (luggage racks, toilets, bike storage, etc.), travelling in First Class means you get access to a few extra perks before and during your trip.

Running most of the train services in Scotland, ScotRail offer plenty of amenities on their First Class carriages, including:

  • Extra space and comfort
  • Power sockets at every seat
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks on certain routes

ScotRail First Class food and drinks

ScotRail offer an at-seat catering service on most of their services between Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. With your First Class train ticket, you’ll get a free hot or soft drink and a sweet or savoury snack for the journey. You can also buy refreshments from the trolley service.

ScotRail First Class seating plan

You’ll normally find that First Class seating on ScotRail trains will be signposted by the door. The seats are more spaced out than in Standard Class, although they follow the same arrangement on either sitting at a table of four or two seats next to each other. The extra option in First Class are single seats with their own table, perfect for solo travellers who want their own space.

Popular ScotRail First Class routes

Check out our guides to travelling First Class on some of ScotRail’s most popular routes.

Edinburgh to Glasgow

Departs from

Edinburgh Waverley

Arrives into

Glasgow Central

First Class lounge

Glasgow Central only


Find out more about taking the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

Inverness to Aberdeen

Departs from


Arrives into


First Class lounge

Aberdeen only


Learn more about travelling from Inverness to Aberdeen by train.

Glasgow to Newcastle

Departs from

Glasgow Queen Street

Arrives into


First Class lounge



Read our guide to travelling from Glasgow to Newcastle by train.

How to get cheap ScotRail First Class tickets

There are different ways you can get cheap ScotRail First Class train tickets without having to pay over the odds. Our top tips for saving money on First Class train tickets are:

Travel Off-Peak

Tickets for travel during Off-Peak hours (anytime outside of Monday to Friday rush hours) are normally cheaper, plus the trains are usually quieter too.

Book in advance

ScotRail usually release Advance tickets up to 12 weeks before the departure date, usually at their cheapest price. So, book your tickets as early as possible if you want to save a pretty penny or two.

Use a Railcard

There are several Railcards in the UK you can use to save up to 1/3 on First Class train tickets. Check out which one you might be eligible for and buy online on our Railcards page.

Search for split tickets

‘Splitting’ your journey into several sections and buying tickets for each part can sometimes be cheaper than buying a single ticket on longer journeys. Our ticket-splitting app feature, SplitSave, does the hard part for you.

Digital tickets are now available on ScotRail routes

You can now enjoy smoother ScotRail journeys with Mobile Tickets. There's no need to queue at the counter or ticket machine at the station, as these digital tickets live in our app, just activate them before your journey and breeze straight through the gates using your phone. 

Learn more about Mobile Tickets and etickets.

Good to know (FAQs)

What does ScotRail First Class include?

As well as more spacious and comfortable seating, First Class on ScotRail trains includes complimentary food and drinks, and power sockets at every seat.

Do you get free food with ScotRail First Class tickets?

Yes, if you buy a ScotRail First Class ticket, you’ll get a free hot or soft drink and a sweet or savoury snack for the journey. You can also buy refreshments from the trolley service.

Can I use ScotRail’s First Class Lounge?

You can use ScotRail's First Class Lounge if you hold a valid First Class train ticket and there’s a lounge available at either your departure or arrival station.

Find out more about ScotRail

Want to know more about ScotRail? Check out some of our guides to travelling with ScotRail and by train in Great Britain for info on train times, Season tickets and more.

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