Glasgow Travel Information
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is renowned for its culture, style and its huge variety of tourist attractions. The city provides one of the best shopping experiences in Scotland and is home to famous destinations like the SECC and Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Glasgow offers a diverse range of internationally-acclaimed museums, beautiful architecture, vibrant nightlife, great shopping and a wide and varied selection of restaurants and bars.
Glasgow is built on a grid system which makes it really easy to navigate, either by public transport or on foot. There are extensive bus networks and an efficient subway system which both run regular transport connections to all major districts within the city. By foot, Glasgow can be navigated via the many information signs which line the streets, while taxies can be easily hailed from the street if your feet are in need of a rest after a busy day of sightseeing.
The best way to explore the city is on foot and Glasgow City Council has developed a Glasgow Walking app that makes it easy to find your way to the main tourist attractions that are located throughout the city. The app even provides interesting articles about the history of the city as you follow its various routes.
Glasgow is unusual in Scotland as it’s the only city which has its own subway system. Although not the cheapest option, the subway is by far the easiest way to get to the city centre and the west end. Trains run every 5 minutes at peak times and take just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations. You can either buy a single ticket or a Subway Smartcard, which offers the best fare prices and allows you to top up as you go. The Glasgow Subway map is a great way to find your way around the stations.
SPT Travel Centres
If you want to find out information about the various travel options in the Glasgow and Strathclyde areas, then check out the SPT Travel Centres in the city, as they provide all the information you need during your visit, while Traveline Scotland covers public transport across the rest of Scotland if you’re intending to travel further afield. Download the Traveline Scotland app for more information.
Taking a taxi is by far the quickest way to get around Glasgow and the official Glasgow Taxis operate throughout the district, and their distinctive black cabs easily distinguish them from the private mini-cabs that also run in the city centre. They offer 5 and 6 seater vehicles, and if their yellow light is on they can be flagged down on the street. Alternatively, telephone 0141 4297070 to book one.
Glasgow airport is an international travel hub with around 30 airlines serving over 120 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the Gulf. Glasgow is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport as well as Scotland’s largest charter hub. Carrying over nine million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.
There are regular bus links from the city centre to the airport as well as dedicated taxi ranks at the airport exit/entrance. If taking the bus then the First Glasgow Airport Express service 500 also connects you directly to the airport from Queen Street in Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Central Train Stations.
When driving your own car exit the M8 at Junction 28 if you are travelling from the East, or Junction 29 if you are travelling from the West. The airport has a dedicated drop-off/pick-up facility located directly across from the main check-in hall.
If you want to take the train to the airport from the city centre, the nearest station is Paisley Gilmour Street – just over one mile from the terminal. From there you can take the McGill’s 757 bus service direct to the airport departure building.
The south of Scotland is linked to the city by Glasgow Central Station, while Glasgow Queen Street Station has links to Edinburgh & the north of Scotland. The ScotRail website has information about all the available routes and timetables.
The SPT Roundabout ticket gives one-day unlimited travel by rail and Subway to over 110 stations in the Greater Glasgow area. You can purchase these tickets through ScotRail or SPT Travel Centres. Please note though, that they are only valid after 09:00 Monday to Friday, all day at weekends, and Scottish public holidays. You can buy them either through ScotRail or SPT Travel Centres.
The main bus operator in Glasgow is First Bus, which provides a regular bus service throughout the city with over 100 routes to choose from. Most locals prefer to use the bus network as it’s one of the easiest and cheapest options for getting around the city centre and the outlying districts.
Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he’s knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.