Go Paperless With Travel in Scotland - Load Tickets to Your Young Scot Card!

Paper tickets are so last season...

Did you know that if you have a Young Scot card you can put your bus and train tickets onto it instead of purchasing paper tickets? It's much more environmentally friendly and can save time at the station.

That means that when you buy your travel tickets, they’ll be loaded onto your card, and all you have to do, is swipe your card on the reader and you’re good to go!

How does it work?

On the train

At the station, show your Young Scot card to the person at the ticket office. They’ll then put the tickets onto your Young Scot card.

You then tap your card against the gates to get in and out of the train stations. If the conductor asks for your ticket on the train, they’ll scan your Young Scot card.

Yes, it’s that easy!

On the bus

You can pop your card onto the reader and ask the driver for the discounted fare. You then pay the discounted amount and it will be added onto your card.

Unfortunately, at the moment, National Entitlement Card's like the Young Scot card, cannot be used to store tickets on Lothian Bus and Tram services.

In order to load smart-tickets onto your card, you must have a valid Young Scot card with a pink strip across the date of birth. Your card picture must also be up-to-date. If your card doesn’t have a pink stripe, or your photo is a few years old (or just embarrassing!) sort out a, let us know you need a replacement!


If you're aged 16, 17 or 18 (or up to 25 and a full-time volunteer) you can get 1/3 off of single bus fares and up to 50% train fares in Scotland. Find out more about travel discounts with your Young Scot card.

Find out more about smart-ticketed travel in Scotland on smarttravel.scot's website.