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Traveller Tips

Please find below general information to help you plan your journey on the Royal Scotsman

What's included
State Cabin accommodation
Table d'hôte meals daily
All alcoholic and other beverages
All sightseeing excursions as shown in the itineraries
All applicable taxes

Prices do not include insurance, gratuities or souvenirs.

Travel Insurance
We recommend you arrange suitable insurance to cover personal belongings, cancellation/interruption, medical and luggage. Details of cancellation policies can be found in our booking conditions.

Passports and Visas
All visitors from overseas must be in possession of a current passport, with a minimum validity of 6 months beyond your journey stay date - applicable to both adult and child passports.

Additional months added to any new passport where the document was renewed prior to its previous expiry date, may not count towards the minimum 6 months required.

Depending on which country issues your passport, you may need a visa for entry into the UK.

You should check with your travel agent or government agency before travelling.

We would also note that security and immigration checks are likely to be increased, adding time to your journey at entry and exits points within Europe and the UK, so we would recommend you allow extra time at these points.

For safety reasons, pets are not permitted on the train. However, if you are travelling with an assistance dog please contact reservations to discuss further.

Children under 12 are welcome aboard the Royal Scotsman. Contact our reservations team to discuss full details and journey suitability.

Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair users or those with restricted mobility are asked to contact us directly to discuss the suitability of a journey aboard the Royal Scotsman.

Special Diets and Allergies
Special diets can be accommodated with our Chef. Please be sure to tell us in advance of any allergies, food related or not.

Please advise Royal Scotsman office or your travel agent of any health restrictions before travelling with us. No specific vaccinations are required for entry into the UK. It is advised, however, that you consult your doctor or physician for requirements based on your travel itinerary, or for any personal health recommendations relating to your journey. Please note that there are no professional medical facilities on Royal Scotsman.

Smoking Policy
In accordance with Scottish Law, smoking is not permitted on board.

Check-In Procedure
The train departs from Edinburgh Waverley Station. Check-in is at least 40 minutes prior to departure at The Balmoral Hotel, after which our Host and Crewmembers will escort you and your luggage onto the train.

Luggage and Storage On Board
Cabins have limited space, therefore we recommend each guest travels with one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Twin State Cabins have storage space under each bed measuring 71cm x 23cm. If necessary, facilities are available at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh for luggage storage during your journey. If you are staying at another hotel, please ask the Hotel Manager. Prior to boarding, please attach a Belmond The Royal Scotsman luggage label/tag to each piece of your luggage.

What to Wear
For daytime excursions and relaxing on board, we recommend casual, comfortable clothing, including appropriate footwear. Bring a warm, waterproof jacket and good walking shoes. For formal dinners, a dark suit and tie, tuxedo or national costume (such as a kilt) is advised for men; for women, a cocktail dress or similar is recommended. For informal dinners, a jacket and collared shirt, with or without tie, is acceptable attire for men.

There are electrical outlets in all cabins. Electricity in the UK runs on 220/240 volts. You may wish to bring an adaptor for electrical appliances.

Recommended Hotels
We are pleased to recommend a selection of hotels for your stay before or after your journey. Please contact us to make a booking or the hotel directly.

Transportation After Your Journey
On the final night of your journey, our crew can reserve taxis/limousines for onwards transfers, for example to the airport or your hotel. Please speak to the Train Manager.

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