With Road Equivalent Tariff [RET] fares being rolled out across the CalMac ferry network, the company is discontinuing multijourney tickets to simplify fares.
Current books of multijourney tickets will remain valid until 26th October – or, in the case of the Rothesay – Wemyess Bay route, until 1st October.
After these dates, any remaining tickets will be refunded at no charge to the customer.
Bute, Mull and Cumbrae will retain the option of season tickets; and 50-journey tickets will also still be available on the two crossings to Bute.
Alan Hood, CalMac’s Head of Ticketing and Reservations, says: ‘The ethos behind RET was that no customer would be disadvantaged by the changes and the current 50-journey ticket Bute is better value than the equivalent RET fare, so will remain in place’.
‘Although we normally charge a £10 administration fee for anyone looking to cash in unused multijourney tickets, this will not apply.’
The Scottish Government’s RET initiative aims to match ferry fares with cost of a road journey for the equivalent distance travelled.
In real terms this will, for example, mean vehicles crossing from Oban to Mull paying £16.45 rather than £56.65; and the cost of taking a car from Mallaig to Armadale on Skye is falling from £29.05 to just £12.20.
CalMac operates 31 vessels across 49 routes serving communities up and down the west coast and is the UK’s largest ferry operator.
Using the CalMac website here, passengers can compare how much they will save when the new fares come into force.