GETTING AROUND GLASGOW
Getting to Glasgow
Glasgow is in west central Scotland. It’s Scotland’s largest city and is easily accessible from the rest of the UK and overseas by train, sea, road and air.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, the team at WEC have put together ways in which you as a delegate can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. Glasgow is a very compact city and easy to get around on foot. Glasgow also has a very extensive and efficient public transport system. For more information on ways to get to and from the conference sustainably, please read below:
Glasgow is well connected by rail from across the UK by 2 main national railway stations:
- Glasgow Central Station
- Glasgow Queen Street Station
You can travel to Scotland by ferry from the major ports of Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland. Ferries dock at Cairnryan in the southwest of Scotland, with a bus service taking passengers to the city centre in 2 hours 10 minutes.
Scotland has an extensive motorway road network. Glasgow is linked to the following places:
Edinburgh via the M8
England via the M74
Stirling via the M80
West Coast Scotland via the M77
For more information on Scotland’s road network, visit the Transport Scotland website.
Glasgow has 3 international airports nearby, with connections across the UK and the world:
- Glasgow Airport is the closest airport to the city centre. Catch the express bus service from outside the terminal and arrive in Glasgow in around 15 minutes. Visit glasgowairport.com for more information.
- Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 32 miles (51km) from Glasgow. It is very accessible with train and bus services to the city centre. Find out more at glasgowprestwick.com
- Edinburgh Airport is 39 miles (63km) from Glasgow. There is a direct bus service from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station which takes around 1 hour. To find out more information visit edinburghairport.co
Scotrail Conference Rover
Getting around Glasgow
The Scotrail Conference Rover Ticket offers delegates unlimited travel on the rail link between the SEC and city centre as well as half price rail tickets across Scotland for 5 consecutive days. This is a great, cost effective way of getting around Glasgow and adventuring further afield once the conference has ended.
The subway is one of the easiest ways to get around the city centre, west end and southside of Glasgow. Running every 4 minutes at peak times, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations.
You can either buy a single ticket or, if you’re here for a few days, you might want to get a Subway Smartcard, which offers the best fares and you can top up as you go. Visit the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) website for more information.
WALK (get those steps in!)
Glasgow is a very walkable city, especially the city centre, so you can easily explore it on foot whilst taking in the beautiful buildings and architecture around you. Get your bearings by visiting the Glasgow Convention Bureau Neighbourhood Guides
Glasgow is home to a fantastic cycle hire scheme, operated by OVO Bikes. Visit the OVO bikes website to find out more.
To find out the best routes around the city and surrounding areas to follow by bike check out the Sustrans Website.
First Bus Glasgow operates over 80 routes across the city and has a variety of tickets to choose from, including day tickets allowing unlimited travel in your selected area all day, or a weekly ticket if you are staying in Glasgow for longer. For more information and to get the cheapest prices, download the First Bus App, where you can buy and store tickets on your phone, plan your journey in advance and track the arrival of your next bus.
Glasgow’s taxi drivers are some of the friendliest in the world. Glasgow Taxis operate 5 and 6-seater cabs in and around the city. If their yellow light is on, they can be flagged down on the street, or alternatively call +44 (0) 141 429 7070 to book.
For additional travel directions, please visit: https://www.sec.co.uk/visitor-information/how-to-get-here
For bus and train travel around the UK you can use trainline https://www.thetrainline.com