Transport Scotland says rail fares will rise by 4.8% in July 2023 following a fares freeze – but that the increase is below inflation and lower than increases elsewhere in the UK.
Season and flexible tickets will remain frozen at current prices in a bid to retain regular rail travellers.
New Cabinet Secretary for Transport Mairi McAllan said: ‘The Scottish Government rightly made the decision to freeze fares as part of its response to the cost-of-living crisis. While this has now remained in place for around 18 months, it is simply no longer sustainable.
‘From 3 July 2023, ScotRail fares will increase by 4.8%, compared to 5.9% fares rise across the rest of Great Britain, current RPI of 8.7% and the August 2022 RPI rate of 12.3%.’
The fares rise comes into effect on 3 July and will be implemented in fares systems from 20 June.