Glasgow travel guide

Glasgow travel guide

Country: Scotland (Scotland)
City: Glasgow (Glasgow)
Languages: English
Currency: GBP


Interesting facts about Glasgow

  • Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland.
  • The name of the city derives from a Gaelic phrase that means “dear green place”.
  • Glasgow was found in the 6th century AD by Saint Mungo, the patron of the city.
  • The name of Saint Mungo is, in fact, a nickname. The latter means “my dear one”. The real name of the saint is Kentigern.
  • Glasgow once had a castle. The Bishop’s Castle stood right next to the Glasgow Cathedral. From here comes the name of “Castle Street”. Unfortunately, the castle was demolished in 1792.
  • The oldest museum in Scotland is here – the Hunterian museum. It is opened in 1807.
  • The Horseshoe Bar in Glasgow is the longest bar in Europe.
  • The only city in Scotland that has a subway is Glasgow. It is named Clockwork Orange because of the colour of the carriages.

Glasgow travel guide


Glasgow airports

There are two airports – Glasgow International (GLA) and Glasgow Prestwick (PIK).

Glasgow International Airport is located 16km west of the city centre. See how to reach it.
Glasgow Airport Express is the easiest way to get to the city centre. There are shuttles every 10min and the trip to the Glasgow city centre is about 20-30min.

Airport map

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 51km away from the Glasgow city centre. You can reach it by bus or train.

Airport map


Getting around

Major train stations

Glasgow has two main train stations – Glasgow Central Station and Queen Street Station.

To plan your journey use this online tool.

Scotland’s railway

Major bus stations

Buchanan bus station is the main bus station. The coach operators serving Glasgow are National Express, Scottish Citylink and Megabus.

Subway

The subway runs in a double circle around the city centre. More info about tickets and a map.

Buses

The First Group buses serve the city of Glasgow.


Where to stay

Check out my guide for the best areas to stay in Glasgow.


Day trips from Glasgow

Check out these ideas for day trips from Glasgow.


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