Travel to and around Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

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  • A sightseeing bus crosses the Cyde Arc, west of Glasgow city centre
    A sightseeing bus crosses the Clyde Arc, west of Glasgow city centre
  •  A train arrives at Cowcaddens Subway Station, Glasgow
    Cowcaddens Subway Station, Glasgow
  • A Glasgow taxi leaves the Clyde Auditorium
    A Glasgow taxi leaves the Clyde Auditorium
  • A sign for the Kelvin Walkway, a footpath that follows the Kelvin Water from Kelvingrove Park
    The Kelvin Walkway, a footpath that follows the Kelvin Water from Kelvingrove Park

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and there are plentiful transport links allowing you to make the most of this remarkable city and the surrounding Clyde Valley.

By road

The M74 motorway runs north and south through Glasgow city centre. If driving in from the south, try a scenic alternative and take the fascinating Clyde Valley Tourist Route, one of the country's National Tourist Routes, which runs alongside the River Clyde and passes many places of historic interest.

To explore the city centre, you may well find it easier to leave the car behind and continue on foot or by public transport. If you plan on travelling by bicycle, take a look at our information on cycling in Scotland.

You can find out up-to-date traffic information from Traffic Scotland and plan your route with Transport Direct.

Public Transport

For information about all public transport in Scotland, the best place to check for information and timetables is with Traveline; you can also download their handy mobile app or call them on 0871 200 22 33.

By air

There are several options for flying to Glasgow - you can search for fares on comparison sites such as SkyScanner, Travel Supermarket and Cheapflights.

Flights from all over the world land in Glasgow Airport which is only 8 miles (13 km) from the city centre. There are frequent shuttle buses to take you into the city centre from the airport and there are also taxis available. If you prefer to travel by train, Paisley Gilmour Street Station is a mile from the airport and can be reached by bus or taxi. For timetables, check with National Rail.

There are also flights to Glasgow Prestwick Airport which is 30 miles (48 km) from Glasgow. Regular trains run from Prestwick Airport’s train station to Glasgow Central. By presenting your travel documentation, you can receive a 50% discount on rail travel – timetables are available from Network Rail. There are also bus and coach services which run between Prestwick Airport and Glasgow. Journey time to Glasgow city centre by road or rail is around 50 minutes. Further information can be found on the Prestwick Airport website.

By train

Glasgow has two main train stations in the city centre, Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street. These stations are only a ten-minute walk apart, but you can get a shuttle bus between them. Trains from across the country arrive in these stations, with services from the south coming in to Central Station and the majority of trains from Edinburgh and the north arriving at Queen Street Station.

There are also a large number of local trains which use Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street which make it easy to travel around the region by rail.

By bus

The main bus station in Glasgow city centre is Buchanan Bus Station. Buses from all over the country arrive here, including services run by Citylink, Megabus, Stagecoach and National Express.

There are also many local bus routes in Glasgow and the surrounding area, the main service provider being First Bus.

By ferry

There are ferry routes from Northern Ireland to Scotland, with Stena Line ferries between Belfast and Cairnryan, and P&O Ferries between Larne and Cairnryan. There are then train services to Glasgow from Stranraer and Troon. If you are travelling from Europe, DFDS Seaways have ferries between the Netherlands and Newcastle, and there are direct trains from Newcastle to Glasgow.

If you’re coming from the west of Scotland, CalMac run a ferry service between Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and Wemyss Bay, and there is a train from Wemyss Bay to Glasgow. There is also a CalMac ferry between Arran and Ardrossan with train links to Glasgow. In addition, there is a service between Dunoon and Gourock run by Western Ferries, with onward trains from Gourock to Glasgow.

By subway

The Glasgow Subway system opened in 1896, making it the third oldest underground system in the world. The subway is a quick and easy way to get between the city centre and the West End. Certain stations have park and ride facilities allowing you to leave your car and continue by underground. Opening hours are 6.30am to 11.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 10.00 to 5.30pm on Sundays.  

Find out more about travelling to and around Scotland.