There are three realistic options if you are traveling Glasgow to/from London – Train, Bus or Air. Here is a table of approximate journey times. The railway stations and bus station are right in the centre of London.
|Mode||Time to Airport
||Check in||Journey time|| Time to Central London
|Train||N/A||N/A||4-6 hours||0 – 30 minutes||4 – 6.5 hours|
|Plane||30-60 minutes||30-90 minutes||90 minutes||60-90 minutes||3.5 – 5.5 hours|
|Bus||N/A||N/A||9-12 hours||0-30 minutes||9 – 12.5 hours|
Here is some general guidance about booking fares:
- The earlier you book the cheaper the price will be – use www.nationalrail.co.uk for the cheapest fares.
- Buy a Young persons railcard (£28), it will save you 33%. Prices shown are with the discount.
- Unlike flying there is no restriction on luggage and you can take your bike too.
- The train is the most convenient way – no check in, no airport delays, no booking fees.
- Note-travel on a Saturday and Sunday can sometimes be affected by engineering works!
- There is a sleeper service known as the Caledonian Sleeper which departs for London and Glasgow/Edinburgh each night. Booked early enough, this can be one of the best ways to travel to London.
Here is some information about flying to London from Glasgow:
- The earlier you book the cheapest it will be.
- Check the baggage limits: all airlines have different limits and they will enforce these! Ryan Air are the strictest and generally have the lowest allowances so make sure you check them in advance.
- There are five airport’s in London: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted and London City
- Remember your ID and don’t carry liquids over 100 ml or knives!
- Don’t forget to add in the cost and time of transfers as these can be costly: one way rail transfers to the city centre can cost £1 to £30 and bus transfers from £8+ depending on the airport.
- Use SkyScanner to search for flights.
Here is some information about getting the bus to London from Glasgow: