The Golf Open St Andrews – a guide on where to stay

This year marks the 150th Open Championship, and to make it even more special, it's taking place at the home of golf itself - the iconic Old Course in St Andrews. 

One of the biggest sporting events of the year, The Open welcomes the world's best golfers to take on the challenge of becoming Champion Golfer of the year. Past winners of The Open at St Andrew's include the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, but who will be next? Will you be there to find out? Read on to find out where to stay for The Open and other things to see and do in St Andrews…

How to get tickets for the 2022 Open

Due to the extremely high demand for tickets, a ballot for the 2022 British Open was opened between July and October 2021 and received just under 1.3 million applications. As a result, all tickets for the British Open 2022 have now been allocated. But if you entered the ballot and were unlucky the first time, there may still be a chance to purchase a ticket through the official Resale Platform.

The ticket ballot for the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool in 2023 is now open and will close on 20th July 2022. Lucky applicants will receive the results in August and September.

Where to stay for the golf Open at St Andrew's

Popular hotels in St Andrews include the likes of The Albany, Fairmont St Andrews, Hotel Du Vin St Andrews, Rusacks, Rufflets and The Old Course itself. However, as The Open is set to bring a record number of visitors to St Andrew's, it's likely that these hotels and others in the town are already fully booked. Still, it's always worth enquiring just in case and checking out our hotel room resale marketplace for last-minute deals.

The good news is that several areas surrounding St Andrews have excellent transport links to The Open. Firstly, we'd suggest searching for hotels in Fife. Then, if you're still having difficulty booking a hotel room for The Open, we'd suggest looking a little further afield. Scottish cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow are only an hour and 30 minutes away by car from St Andrews, so perfectly doable - as is Dundee, which is just 30 minutes away from The Open.

Hotels in Edinburgh

Popular hotels in Edinburgh include the Radisson Collection Hotel on the Royal Mile, The Grassmarket Hotel, ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge, The Balmoral, Le Monde Hotel, and Intercontinental Edinburgh The George.

Check out our blog 'What to know before travelling to Edinburgh' to learn more about the Scottish capital and things you can do during your stay.

Hotels in Glasgow

In Glasgow, you may find hotels such as Holiday Inn Express, DoubleTree By Hilton, Moxy Glasgow and Hotel Indigo Glasgow still have availability for stays during The Open.

Hotels in Dundee

And finally, in Dundee, there is Hampton by Hilton, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo, amongst many other hotels with good transport links that will make a convenient base for The Open.

Search your dates and book hotels for The Open at the best prices through Planschange, and don't forget to keep an eye on our Resale Deals for Scottish hotel rooms at next-to-nothing prices.

Transport links to The Open

There are buses to St Andrew's, from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, or you can catch the train from Edinburgh or Aberdeen to Leuchars (a nearby town) and take a short bus ride to St Andrew's. You may even find that some hotels closer to St Andrew's offer shuttle buses and other transport services for added convenience.

Alternative accommodation for The Open

It's also worth considering alternative accommodation for The Open. If you're having trouble securing a hotel in St Andrews or Fife, perhaps consider a house share (many residents are opening up their homes to visitors for the tournament), a caravan or even camping!

Things to do in St Andrews

While you will likely spend a lot of your time watching the golf at the Old Course, there are many other interesting things to see and do in St Andrews. So why not consider extending your stay or even planning a longer trip to Scotland? Once the tournament is over, many spectators will be heading home, freeing up hotel rooms. Search hotels in Scotland on PlansChange to secure your booking now.

Here are just a few of the fantastic places you can visit in St Andrews

  • St Andrews Cathedral & St Rule’s Tower
  • St Andrews Castle
  • St Andrews Botanic Garden
  • St Andrews Harbour
  • East Sands and West Sands
  • The R&A World Golf Museum
  • St Andrews Aquarium
  • University of St Andrews

Check out our blog ‘Experience St Andrews - More than just the home of golf’ to find out more.

Resell your Scotland hotel bookings with PlansChange

If you can’t use a Scotland hotel room booking you’ve made during The Open, why not consider reselling it with PlansChange? Demand for hotels near St Andrews and Fife is high, so it’s well worth listing it on our marketplace to see if you can get some of your money back. For more information on reselling hotel rooms, check out our sellers’ information page.