Travel Tips

By Air

Glasgow is served by three international airports, with connections across the world.

Glasgow Airport (GLA) serves most major international airlines. It's located 8 miles (13km) West of the city.

Currently there are 28 daily services to London

Getting to the city centre from Glasgow Airport

These are some of the most common connections. More information can be found at Scotland's public transport information website: Traveline Scotland

Airport buses run from the airport to Glasgow city centre up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and take approximately 25 minutes.

Glasgow Taxis on arrival at the airport - bookings can be made by calling +44 (0) 141 429 7070.

Glasgow Airport Taxis are located immediately outside the terminal building or can also be booked by calling +44 (0) 203 478 8892.

Alternatively, Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) is 32 miles (51 km) South West of the city. It's a main base for Ryanair and serves European destinations. Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is 39 miles (63km) from Glasgow and serves most major international airlines. You can get to Glasgow from these airports by either bus, train or taxi.

By Train

Glasgow is well connected by train from across the UK.

Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to all UK cities. Glasgow Queen Street Station normally operates routes mainly to Central and Northern Scotland. The main UK train companies operating in Scotland are:

Average travel time by train from across the UK.

London: 4 hours 10 mins
Birmingham: 4 hours
Manchester: 3 hours 30 mins
Liverpool: 3 hours 40 mins
York: 3 hours 30 mins
Edinburgh: 50 mins

  • There are more than 20 direct trains per day from London
  • Direct trains from Edinburgh every 15 mins on weekdays

ScotRail is the main operator in Scotland & has information on the West Highland Line, the North Highland Line and Caledonian Sleepers (overnight trains from Scotland to London).

National Rail Enquiries is a useful journey planner.

By Road

Scotland has an extensive motorway road network.

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.

For real time travel information on all of Scotland's trunk roads, including cross-border information to the North of England, visit Traffic Scotland, or access it via the Traveline Scotland app.

For information on Scotland's trunk road network visit Transport Scotland.