Transport in Glasgow
Glasgow is a compact city, and finding your way around is easy. Thanks to its excellent public transport network, getting to the main attractions is stress-free and cost-effective. And if you prefer exploring the city on foot, that’s also doable. Whether you’re here on a day trip from neighbouring Livingston or Hamilton, or you’re travelling all the way from the North East of England, here’s all you need to know about getting around in Glasgow.
Its bright orange exterior and circular shape has led to naming Glasgow’s subway ‘the Clockwork Orange’. The underground train system has been running for more than 100 years, making it the third-oldest in Europe after Rome and Budapest. It is the easiest way to get around Glasgow, with its two lines connecting the centre to Glasgow West End via 15 stations.
The subway operates from Monday to Saturday between 6:30 am and 11:40 pm and Sunday between 10:00 am and 6:10 pm. Services are every five minutes during peak times.
Glasgow has an extensive bus system, with the main operator being First Bus. It operates over 80 routes across the city, so all areas are well covered. The company also operates between the city centre and Glasgow Airport, and the journey only takes 15 minutes. Buses run throughout the day from Monday to Sunday, with nine services available at night from the city centre.
Glasgow has two train stations - Glasgow Central ad Glasgow Queen Street Station – and the main provider is ScotRail, which covers most local and regional routes. Glasgow Central offers services to the south of Scotland to Kilmarnock and Ayr, with Virgin Train departures linking the city to London and Wales. Glasgow Queen Street connects the city to the North and East of Scotland, including Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Perth.
If you’re considering using public transports frequently during your stay, you might want to purchase a Roundabout ticket. This will give you unlimited access to over 110 train stations in the greater Glasgow area as well as to the subway.
Besides being incredibly efficient and affordable, taxi drivers are also some of the friendliest in the country. Glasgow Taxis operate five and six-seater cabs in and around the city. Fares are higher during peak hours, while remaining cost-effective in comparison to the rest of Scotland and England – £5 for every two miles.
This is by far the most scenic and exciting way to explore Glasgow. The open-top bus tour stops at the most famous sites, including the People’s Palace, Glasgow Cathedral, Riverside Museum and the Kelvingrove Museum. The complete tour lasts around an hour and 30 minutes, but you can hop off and on as many times as you’d like.
Glasgow City Council strongly encourages locals and visitors to use bike as an eco-friendly means of transport. The public cycle hire scheme is operated by Nextbike, which offers 43 docking stations and over 400 bikes. There are over 300 kilometres of cycling tracks around the city. You can choose to join a guide tour or explore the surroundings by yourself.