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West Highland Line

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West Highland Line

I'd like to take the West Highland line from Mallaig to Glasgow (via Fort William), but am confused about where to book. I've found tickets on the ScotRail site, the National Rail Site, and then a separate place for the Jacobite (the steam train from Mallaig to Fort William, which I'd really like to take). Any suggestions?



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The 'normal' train services are operated by Scotrail, so if you're booking tickets for their service then use their site.

The Jacobite is a steam service, aimed at tourists, and operates on the Fort William to Mallaig section only during summer. If you use this, you'll need to buy separate tickets for the Jacobite and for the onward Scotrail service.

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Great, thank you!

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For the West Highland Line try booking via www.thetrainline.com/ they might work out cheaper?

A small tip, for the best views try and sit on the right side of the carriage as you face the front of the train.


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Tickets bought via The Trainline generally work out more expensive because they charge a booking fee - most other sites don't.

Edited: 15 September 2013, 07:50
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I would advise avoiding The Trainline completely as they will never be cheaper than booking directly with a Train Operating Company. As DhMellor has said, they will charge a booking fee, there is a high chance they will charge a card fee, and they will also charge a postage fee for sending the tickets through the mail.

If anybody wants tickets through the post, make sure you choose a company that doesn't charge for it, there are still some out there!

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Booking with the ScotRail website is easy. Tickets can be collected from any station with a ticket machine, but make sure that you take your eight digit collection code with you. Tickets can normally be booked up to 12 weeks in advance. See www.scotrail.co.uk

The Jacobite steam train is an entirely separate operation from the normal ScotRail service and requires separate tickets.

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For the West Highland Line try booking via www.thetrainline.com/ they might work out cheaper?


Thats physically impossible. They can NOT be cheaper. Trainline add additional costs that you do not pay on the website of many TOCs, or from stations.

Using the trainline is throwing money away.

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Buy from Jacobite or Scotrail depending on whether you want the steam/tourist deal or not.

Absolutely NO point in buying from thetrainline.

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