Getting To Glasgow


Glasgow has two main line railway stations. Trains from the south of Scotland, the city's southern suburbs and all long distance trains from England arrive at Central Station (officially known as Glasgow Central), while shuttle trains from Edinburgh and anywhere north of Glasgow arrive at Queen Street Station. Both stations are divided into a "High Level" (for main line inter-city services) and a subterranean "Low Level" (for local suburban services) - you will see this distinction being mentioned in timetables.

Both Central and Queen Street stations have left luggage lockers. The stations are an easy ten minute walk apart and the route is well signposted, or there's a frequent shuttle bus between them, which is free if you are holding a through railway ticket otherwise a fare of 50p is charged if you don't.

Most trains within Scotland are run by ScotRail.


The main approaches to Glasgow are:

from England on the M74 motorway; Glasgow is about 150km north of the border

from Edinburgh (east) or Glasgow Airport (west) on the M8 motorway

from Stirling and all points north and east on the M80 motorway

from the Highlands on the A82 road

In 2011 the M74 Extension was completed, allowing an alternative route into the city centre via the south side. As of June 2013, many GPS services still do not recognise the new route, so bear this in mind if using sat-nav to navigate your way into the city.


Virtually all long-distance, and some short-distance, buses serving Glasgow arrive at the Buchanan Bus Station (in the city centre, close to Buchanan Street and Queen Street train station).

National ExpressScottish Citylink and Megabus are the main long-haul coach operators serving Glasgow. Bus and ferry tickets from Dublin, Derry and Belfast can be obtained through Scottish Citylink or National Express, in addition to Ulsterbus for the latter two. If travelling from continental Europe, through fares to Glasgow (via National Express coach) are available from Eurolines. There are also direct buses to Glasgow from Eastern Europe (mostly Poland).

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