Getting To & Around Glasgow

Getting to Glasgow is easy! You can access the city by arriving at any of the 3 international airports, by car, or by train. We've even included a few details on how to get around the city once you've arrived. 

By Air

Glasgow Airport
Glasgow Airport is located just 8 miles (13 km) west of the city centre. From the airport, you can select one of the options below to access the city:

Airport busesGlasgow Airport Express Service 500 is Glasgow Airport's official bus service connecting the airport and the city centre in just 15 minutes. Departing up to every 10 minutes from Glasgow Airport, the Glasgow Airport Express service operates 24/7 around flight times everyday of the year. You can download the Glasgow Airport Express timetable booklet here. The cost is £8 pounds for an adult fare.

Rideshare: Uber is the only company authorized to operate at Glasgow Airport.(Once in Glasgow, other rideshare options like Lyft may be utilized.)

Glasgow Airport Taxis are located immediately outside the terminal building or can also be booked by calling +44 (0) 141 889 1813. You can book your taxi ride online or via email The taxi fare to Glasgow city centre is approximately £16.50 ($21.74).

Glasgow Pretwick Airport
Getting to the city centre from Glasgow Prestwick Airport: Prestwick has its own train station. There are 3 trains/hour on weekdays and the journey to Glasgow Central Station takes around 50 minutes. Tickets can be reserved at: Express Bus Service.

Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is 39 miles (63 km) from Glasgow and serves most major international airlines.

Getting to the city centre from Edinburgh Airport: You can get to Glasgow from the airport by bus, train or taxi. Scottish Citylink provides direct bus services from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow's Buchanan Bus Station every 30 minutes.

Alternatively you can catch a bus or taxi to Edinburgh Haymarket and then catch a train to Glasgow Queen Street Station. Lothian Buses provides public transportation to Edinburgh Airport with the Airlink100 express bus from Edinburgh city centre as well as local bus services. Glasgow Queen Street Station provides the main rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh, with 8 direct services per hour on weekdays.

By Train

Train - Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the south, with Glasgow Queen Street Station operating routes mainly to Edinburgh and the north. Check out the ScotRail website for information on all routes and timetables. A direct train from London to Glasgow takes about 4.5 hours on the ScotRail.   
By Car 

Scotland's extensive road network makes it easy to get to Glasgow by car. Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh with the M8, England on the M74, Stirling with the M80 and the West Coast of Scotland with the M77. The city's venues and hotels are comfortably accessed by road.

If you plan on arriving by car, head to Traffic Scotland for real time traffic updates on major roadways in Scotland.
Getting Around Glasgow

Subway or "The Tube"- The subway is the easiest way to get around the city centre and west areas of Glasgow. It runs every 5 minutes and takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations. Tickets start from £1.55. You can either buy a single ticket or purchase a Subway Smartcard. You can download the Glasgow Subway map to find your way around the stations.

Bicycle - Nextbike Glasgow has 700 bikes and e-bikes for hire in over 50 locations of the city. You can rent a bike via Nextbike's app, by the on-bike computer, or by calling +44 (0)20 816 69851. Rental starts at £1 for the first 30 minutes. Check out the Smarter Travel Routes for fun ideas to follow on bike.

Traveline Scotland - Traveline Scotland is Scotland's national public transport information service. Download the Traveline Scotland app for more information.

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