Save Money on Travel With Your Young Scot Card

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If you are 16, 17 or 18 (or aged 19 to 25 and a full time volunteer) you can get cheaper transport on buses, trains and ferries with your Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC).

From 31st January 2022, young people aged 5 - 21 will be able to access the new free bus scheme using the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot branded NEC. Read more below!

In order to access Bus & Train discounts with your Young Scot card as below, you must be in possession of a Young Scot NEC with a visible pink strip under the Date of Birth as shown in the image below.

Young Scot card

Bus Travel

In all local authority areas, so long as you are aged 16, 17 or 18, you can use your Young Scot NEC to get discounted bus travel on adult single fares.

You would simply scan your card or show it to the bus driver when buying your ticket and you will be able to get a third off of the adult fare.

Please Note: As of 28th March 2019, we are currently aware of an issue to do with contactless payments using a debit or credit card on buses in conjunction with the travel discount. If you're using your Young Scot NEC to receive discounted travel on a bus, you will not be able to pay by contactless payment. It's advised that you carry cash with you if using local or national bus services in order to continue receiving the discounted fare. Transport Scotland are working to resolve this technical issue with the suppliers and apologise for any inconvenience caused in the meantime.

Travel discounts are not valid on premium fare buses, City Sightseeing buses, or bus travel within England.

Please note, the discount is only valid on single fares, not return tickets or weekly and monthly passes.

For further details visit the Transport Scotland website.

From January 31st 2022

We’re excited that young people aged 5 - 21 will be able to access the new free bus scheme in January 2022 using the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot branded NEC.

However, work is still ongoing to finalise the application process, so bear with us! Information will be provided on the Transport Scotland website later this year on how to apply for and access the scheme.

This follows a commitment from the Scottish Government to allow all under-19s in Scotland free bus travel, which has since been expanded to include 19, 20 and 21-year-olds. These plans will come into place at the end of January 2022.

Train Travel

If you are 16, 17 or 18 years old, your Young Scot NEC allows you to buy rail tickets for travel within Scotland at discounted prices. You must have your Young Scot NEC with you when buying tickets and when travelling.

You can get:

  • One third off most single or return rail fares.
  • 50 % off all weekly or monthly tickets.
  • One third off most advance purchases.

You no longer need to request a separate rail voucher or use a Scottish Youth Railcard to get access to these offers.

You can also use your Young Scot NEC to book discounted tickets online via the ScotRail website. Simply select Scottish Youth Railcard in the Railcard drop down section when booking your ticket.

Tickets should be bought in person from the Ticket Office or on the train to claim your rail discount, as the discount is not always provided by online ticket providers. Simply ask for the Young Scot discount and show your card to get the reduced fare.

Please Note: Tickets should only be bought on the train where a ticket cannot be bought at the station due to no ticket office or ticket machine.

The Young Scot train discount is valid on Scotrail, LNER, Virgin Train, Cross Country and First Transpenine services where the entirety of the journey is within Scotland.


There are certain restrictions imposed by National Rail on the 1/3rd off rail travel discount.

There is a minimum spend if you want to travel before 10am on a weekday. Anytime and Anytime Day Single and Returns, Off-Peak, Off-Peak Day and Super Off-Peak Single and Return fares are all discounted with a £12.00 minimum fare.

For example, if your regular fare is £15 and with the discount it is £10, because of the restrictions, a £12 minimum fee would be imposed.

There are no peak time restrictions on using the Young Scot Card to buy a weekly or monthly season ticket.

Find out more about terms and conditions from National Rail.

Ferry Travel

To get the vouchers you will need to have a Young Scot NEC, so if you don’t have one yet, or need a replacement, then check out the Get Your Card section on this website.

If you already have a Young Scot NECand live on a Scottish island, you're entitled to receive free ferry vouchers which are usually sent your address when you turn 16. You are entitled to 4 free ferry vouchers each year while you are 16, 17 and 18.

If you do not receive your vouchers, Please contact your local Young Scot office and they will be sent out to you.

Your ferry vouchers will have your photograph and your Young Scot NEC number printed on them.

Not got a Young Scot card or need a new one? Head to our card information pages to find out more.