Transport

For details about transportation to and from airports, please visit our arrivals page. To plan a journey around Scotland, please visit www.travelinescotland.com. It will tell you timetables and connections for multiple modes of transport, such as train, bus and ferry.

Bus

Intercity

Buchanan Bus station is located very close to Queen Street railway station.

Like trains, booking online and in advance will save you money! The following bus companies operate from Glasgow and often have good deals for travel across Scotland and the UK:

Megabus (cheapest) www.megabus.com
CityLink www.citylink.co.uk
National Express www.nationalexpress.com
Generally buses take longer and can be less comfortable but are much cheaper than trains, especially if booking last-minute.

Local

First Glasgow operates most buses in the city and has an extensive network. You can get to most parts of the city with only one change. The number 44/44A runs past Glasgow University. The price depends on how far you are travelling so ask the driver as no change is given!

Single ticket: from £1.60

Firstday ticket: £4.30 (unlimited all day travel)

Two Journey (return) Ticket: £3.20

First Week: £17.00 (unlimited travel all week)

Check out First Glasgow’s website for more ticket prices and information.

Alternatively McGills offers a bus service which runs throughout the city and to the more remote parts. On these buses change is given. Find fares and timetables on their website.

Airport Buses are 500 (green bus), 747 and 757

Rail

There are two principal national railway terminals in Glasgow:

Glasgow Central – for trains to/from London, Manchester and the South

Glasgow Queen Street – for trains to/from Edinburgh and the North

Suburban/Commuter Rail

Glasgow Central – for services to south Glasgow and Clyde Coast

Glasgow Central Low Level – services to the south-east and north-west

Queen Street Low Level – services to east and north-west of Glasgow

Railcard

If you are planning quite a few trips we strongly advise you buy a 16-25 Railcard which will save you 34% on all UK rail services (excluding Eurostar).

If you need to commute to work by rail each day we will help you find the easiest/cheapest ticket option. Just ask a member of the Glasgow LC.

The easiest way to buy one is by going to Central or Queen Street Station along with proof of age (passport) and a passport sized photo. It costs £26.

Tickets

It is usually necessary to purchase a ticket before boarding a train since there are often ticket barriers and ticket checkers operating. Tickets can be bought at ticket offices or via ticket machines. Return tickets (some of which must be used within the same day) are slightly cheaper than buying two single tickets.

Tickets are however much cheaper for many routes going out of Glasgow when bought in advance. Tickets for trains in and around Glasgow are the same price bought at time of travel.

Book all UK tickets online at www.buytickets.scotrail.co.uk

If you are planning a journey by rail the LC will give you help and tips on how to cut the cost of your journey! Remember booking in advance can save 80%!

Subway

Glasgow has the second largest underground network in the UK and is the third oldest in the world. The subway runs in a loop both ways and is open from 6am to 11:30 pm (apart from Sunday 10am-6pm). Subway ticket details are as follows:
Single: £1.20
Return: £2.40
Discovery: £3.50 (unlimited all day travel)
20 journey: £20 (if you are likely to use the subway often)

Subway Information: www.spt.co.uk/subway

Taxi

Taxis in Glasgow are very good value for money. The only taxi company that you will need is Glasgow Taxis. They run the black London style cabs.

Put their number in your phone: 0141 429 7070
www.glasgowtaxis.co.uk

The price depends on the time and day. During the week and before 10pm a taxi from the city centre to the west end will cost about £5. So if there are 4 or more people it’s easier to get a taxi than the Subway! Taxis usually have 5 seats. Make sure the driver knows where you are going. Tipping is optional.

Cycling

Cycling in Glasgow is a great way to see the city or commute to and form work, although bear in mind the city is rather hilly. Many roads have cycle lanes, but if they don’t you are required to cycle in the street, not on the pavement. We recommend that you invest in a good lock as cycle theft can be a problem.

If you are interested in getting a bicycle for the summer just ask one of the LC members.

Otherwise, there are stations with bikes for hire all around Glasgow city. Check out Nextbike for more details on how to use these.

Glasgow cycle routes can be found on Sustrans’ website, or use Google Maps to show you the cycle lanes where you want to go.