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Look ahead to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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  • The concourse and platforms at Central Station
    Central Station in Glasgow city centre
  • A ferry sails against the backdrop of the Isle of Hoy
    A ferry sails against the backdrop of the Isle of Hoy
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    First Bus service to Kelvingrove, Glasgow
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    Glasgow Central Station
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    Cowcaddens Subway Station, Glasgow

As a busy hub and Scotland's most populous city, Glasgow has comprehensive transport links to the rest of the UK and direct connections to major cities around the world. Once you've arrived, the city is well served by local public transport and many of the XX Commonwealth Games venues are within easy reach of the city centre. Find out more about the special travel arrangements for the duration of the Games below.

Getting to the venues around Glasgow

Public transport (the Subway, buses and trains) to and from the venues is included in the cost of your Games tickets on the day of the event you’re attending. So, all you need to do is find the best way for you to get to the appropriate venue.

There is expected to be around 1 million visitors to Glasgow during the XX Commonwealth Games, making an additional 5 million journeys over and above those usually made, so be prepared for travel routes to be busy. Leave plenty of time to get to both your venue and through venue security.

Subway

During the two ‘super weekends’ of the Games, the Subway system will operate with an extended service. On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, and again on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August, it will remain open from 6am until around 1am.

Normal Subway opening hours will apply Monday to Friday 6.30am to 11.30pm.

The Subway runs in a loop around Glasgow city centre and neighbouring areas. There are two lines, with trains on each circuit running in opposite directions. It is an easy means of accessing the West End, particularly the Ibrox and Kelvingrove venues.

The Subway also connects to special bus shuttles to Games venues from Buchannan Street bus station, and rail services from Central and Queen Street Stations.

Subway stations will be busy during morning, lunchtime and evening peak hours, particularly Buchanan Street and St Enoch stations.

Bus

Glasgow public bus network connects to all the Games venues. For specific information on frequency and journey times, visit the Traveline Scotland website. For information on which bus services connects to which venue, download the relevant venue guides on the Glasgow 2014 website.

The venues at Celtic Park, Hampden Park, Ibrox and Cathkin Braes can be reached by special bus shuttle services from Glasgow city centre.

Train

Glasgow has an extensive suburban rail network, connecting outlying suburbs with the city centre. There are railway stations near the majority of Games venues although it is worth noting that there may be more convenient ways of getting to the venues, for instance shuttle buses.

Games partner ScotRail have announced plans for increased services for the duration of the event, starting from Monday 21 July and finishing on Sunday 3 August.

Public transport to and from the venues is included in your Games events ticket within the SPT Zonecard area G1 – G8 so be aware that you may well need to purchase a rail ticket to get from your station of origin to the outer limits of the G8 zone.

In addition to visitors attending the Games, there is expected to be the usual commuter traffic in and out of the city's train stations so be sure to leave plenty of time to travel. Stations will be extremely busy at peak times in the morning, lunchtime and evening, particularly Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central.

Car

Car parking in the vicinity of the venues has been suspended so they will be difficult to reach by car. The use of public transport is highly recommended; there are limited opportunities to avail of Park & Ride facilities which need to be pre-booked in advance.

Main arterial roads, including the M8 (junctions 18 - 19), the M77 (north of junction 2), the M74 and the A814 Clydeside Expressway, will be busy during Games times as will city centre streets including George Square, Ingram Street, Queen Street, Tollcross Road and Sauchiehall Street. For the most up-to-date traffic information, follow @trafficscotland.

Accessible transport

In addition to local buses and taxis, there are a number of transport options for spectators with access needs.

Each venue offers services including taxis and accessible shuttles as well as motorbility scooters on site. To find out more about transport options for each Games venue, visit the Glasgow 2014 website for more details and for information on how to pre-book using the accessible transport booking line.

Blue Badge holders and wheelchair users can pre-book parking at venues although spaces are limited and restricted to cars. If you have a larger vehicle that needs accommodating, you must contact the accessible transport booking line.

Further information

To make planning your travel around Glasgow easier, download the Traveline Scotland app for direct access to timetables and real time travel information in your palm.

You can also follow @GamesTravel2014 on Twitter or tune into Games Travel Radio for advice and updates.

Travelling to Glasgow

Whether you travel by train, coach, plane or ferry, it's easy to get to Glasgow and the venues in Carnoustie and Edinburgh for the XX Commonwealth Games. Scotland has one of the best public transport networks in the UK, with direct access from major centres around the world. Find out more about getting to Scotland from cities within the UK and around the world.


Train

For spectators staying outwith Glasgow, Scotrail have announced increased capacity on long-distance trains running to and from Glasgow from regions around Scotland. This will also benefit spectators travelling to and from venues in Carnoustie and Edinburgh.

There will also be late night services, including some past 1am, to allow spectators to make the most of their Games experience. For the latest train timetables, consult Scotrail's website.

Travel around Scotland

Using Glasgow and the surrounding regions as your touring base, you really can travel around the country with ease. Take the train up the west coast to enjoy a stunning journey as you journey past lochs and mountain scenery, or board a ferry to one of Scotland's many islands. You can take your car and follow a National Tourist Route or hop on board a coach and explore cities such as Stirling and Inverness; you'll be amazed how much of Scotland you can visit during your trip. Plan your travel around Scotland.

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