Travel to Glasgow

This year, for the first time, we will meet in Scotland! Come to Glasgow, a modern city, with a rich cultural heritage and warm, welcoming hospitality. It isn’t just us saying it, Glasgow has been chosen as the friendliest city in the United Kingdom according to a survey conducted by the consumer panel It is therefore not surprising that it is the third most visited city in the United Kingdom. A great public transport system, a vibrant nightlife and an admirable architecture thanks to architects such as Mackintosh make it the ideal setting to enjoy this event. At the official guide to Glasgow you can explore cultural attractions, amazing shopping, nightlife and the city’s must-see sights, such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, the medieval Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis, and iconic City Chambers or Ashton Lane, a cobbled back street in the city’s West End neighbourhood.

And if you can stay for a few more days in Scotland, why not visit the charismatic city of Edinburgh, with an old town steeped in history and an elegant Georgian new town.

Or to try to catch a glimpse of the elusive Nessie, the most amusing monster in Scottish culture, on Loch Ness. You could also penetrate deep into the heart of Scotland to experience the Highlands. Stunning landscapes, legends and numerous castles like the Eilean Donan Castle, the most famous castle in Scotland and one of the most photographed castles in the world, will transport you to scenes from films like Braveheart or Highlander. This castle is located at the gates of the famous Isle of Skye, the largest of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. As the saying goes, visiting Scotland and not going to the Isle of Skye is like going to Paris and not going to the tour Eiffel. And the options do not end there. You can visit the city of Stirling or St Andrews and the picturesque fishing villages of Fife. And for those who love hiking, you could discover the deep valley and towering mountains of Glen Coe, walk up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British isles or go for a walk in Trossachs National Park and Lake Lomond.

Travel information

By train

Glasgow is well connected with the rest of Great Britain, with services arriving at Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street. You can consult the British National Rail routes to Glasgow here, and book your ticket via the National rail website.

If you are arriving from continental Europe with Eurostar, there are more than 20 daily direct trains from London to make your connection easier.

This is the average travel time by train from across the UK:

Station                 Average Journey Time   Average return ticket price

London                 4 hours 30 mins                £72

Birmingham        4 hours 20 mins                £53

Manchester         3 hours 40 mins                 £42

Liverpool             3 hours 40 mins                 £42

York                      3 hours 30 mins                 £59

Edinburgh           53 mins                                £13

By air


Glasgow has two major airports, ordered by proximity: Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Edinburgh International Airport is also easily accessible. All the information you need about London’s airport facilities, locations and connections can be found directly in their websites but here are some indications on how to arrive into the city.

Glasgow International Airport (GLA) is located to the west of the city. Route #77 operated by First Bus connects with the West End of Glasgow. The Glasgow Airport Express bus service (route #500) connects with the city centre. A taxi fare from the airport to the West End costs approximately £21.

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) is located to the south west of the city. It is a main base for Ryanair and also serves European destinations. Prestwick has its own train station, and the journey to Glasgow Central Station takes around 50 minutes. Stagecoach Western X77 Express Service connects with Glasgow Buchanan Street Station. There is also an early morning and late evening Express Bus Service, the X99/X100, to and from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station. A taxi fare from the airport to the City Centre costs approximately £45.

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Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) is located to the east of the city. There is a direct bus service, Citylink Air to Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can get from the airport to Edinburgh Haymarket with the Airlink100 express bus, and then take a train to Glasgow Queen Street Station.

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By car

Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh through the M8, Stirling through the M80 and the West Coast of Scotland through the M77. England on the M74,

If you are travelling from England via Carlisle, Newcastle and the south, exit the M74 on to the M73, and join the M8 at the Old Monkland Junction.

You can access real time travel information of Scotland’s roads at Traffic Scotland website, or via the Traveline Scotland app.

By bus

Long distance bus services arrive into Buchanan Bus Station, and overnight trips are available from places like Birmingham or London.

For further information on routes and bookings please visit Megabus and National Express.

By ferry

The port of Troon in Ayrshire is 35 miles from Glasgow, while Loch Ryan Port in Dumfries & Galloway is 80 miles away. Both enjoy good road, rail and bus links with Glasgow.

Stenaline runs up to 6 daily crossings between Cairnryan and Belfast, which takes 2 ¼ hours. Coach travel from Cairnryan to Glasgow is provided by Scottish Citylink. A shuttle bus also takes passengers to Stranraer railway station, which offers an hourly service to Ayr.

P&O Ferries runs up to 9 sailings per day between Larne & Cairnryan. The marginally longer Troon-Larne service has 2 crossings per day.