This is a relocated question, originated by @ take the time, on another OP's thread-
I too am doing train travel through Scotland in September. I had thought about starting a thread with questions, then I came across this thread.
My husband and I plan on buying on the 2 together card. It should reduce fares by 1/3, including any fares that are advance purchase and/or off-peak times.I should add, I think the 2 together card will be advantageous for us because we are planning on visiting 2 additional cities by train, one city as a day trip from Edinburgh, and needing to return to Edinburgh for our flight home.
When I looked at the Scotrail website, they were anticipated engineering shut-downs. We plan on traveling Sept 16 to Fort William from Edinburgh. It was difficult to understand if this particular line would be impacted.
Also, it appeared as if we could buy advance tickets, today, but not reserve the exact the train time. Meaning, there were several train times that had the same price, but we weren't reserved for any specific one. The website said that they are currently listing advance fares with reservations as far as out as September 1. Again, I might be wrong.
My question involves downloading the tickets to my phone. Since I will not have data while traveling, the website said I could download anywhere there is wifi. I figured I would be doing all my advanced ticketing at home, so no biggie. Will the downloads come in as a picture? So at the the station all I have to do is bring up a bar code? I'm trying to imagine how this works.
Another question: I never use public, not password protected, wifi. I'm assuming the hotels/guest houses have password protected wifi. Is this a valid assumption? Just in case I want to buy additional tickets for side trips.