Getting to Glasgow couldn’t be easier, the city is served by three international airports, it’s well connected by train from across the UK, it’s easily accessible by Scotland’s extensive road network and travelling by sea is made simple by the ferry connections.
Glasgow not only lies at the heart of a major air, rail, sea and road network but also stands at the gateway to some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery.
So start planning your trip now!
Glasgow is served by three international airports, with connections across the world.
Glasgow Airport (GLA) serves most major international airlines. It’s located 8 miles (13km) West of the city.
- Currently 28 daily services to London.
- Direct flights from North America with United Airlines & US Airways
- Direct flights from Canada with Air Transat
- Direct flights from Dubai with Emirates
- One-stop flights from North America with Icelandair
Getting to the city centre from Glasgow Airport
These are some of the most common connections. More information can be found at Scotland’s public transport information website: Traveline Scotland
Airport buses run from the airport to Glasgow city centre up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and take approximately 25 minutes.
Glasgow Taxis on arrival at the airport – bookings can be made by calling +44 (0) 141 429 7070.
Glasgow Airport Taxis are located immediately outside the terminal building or can also be booked by calling +44 (0) 141 889 1813.
The airport also has an SPT Travel Desk, located at Domestic Arrivals (Check-in), where staff can provide you with details of buses and taxis.
(PIK) is 32 miles (51km) South West of the city. It’s a main base for Ryanair and serves European destinations.
Getting to the city centre for Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Prestwick has its own train station. There are 3 trains per hour on weekdays and the journey to Glasgow Central Station takes around 50 minutes.
Alternatively it’s an easy journey to drive via the M77 or there is an early morning and late evening express bus service, the X99/X100, which takes an hour. You can book tickets here: Express Bus Service
(EDI) is 39 miles (63km) from Glasgow and serves most major international airlines. You can get to Glasgow from the airport by either bus, train or taxi.
Scottish Citylink provides direct bus services from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station every 30 minutes. Alternatively you can catch a bus or taxi to Edinburgh Haymarket and then catch a train to Glasgow Queen Street Station. Lothian Buses provides public transportation to Edinburgh Airport with the Airlink100 express bus from Edinburgh city centre as well as local bus services.
Glasgow Queen Street Station provides the main rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh, with 8 direct services per hour on weekdays.
Glasgow is well connected by train from across the UK.
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to all UK cities. Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Central and Northern Scotland. The main UK train companies operating in Scotland are:
Average travel time by train from across the UK:
|Station||Average Journey Time|
|London||4 hours 10 mins|
|Manchester||3 hours 30 mins|
|Liverpool||3 hours 40 mins|
|York||3 hours 30 mins|
- There are more than 20 direct trains per day from London
- Direct trains from Edinburgh every 15 mins on weekdays
Scotland has an extensive motorway road network.
Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh with the M8, England on the M74, Stirling with the M80 and the West Coast of Scotland with the M77. The city’s venues and hotels are comfortably accessed by road.
For information on Scotland’s trunk road network visit Transport Scotland.
Travel from Ireland to Scotland by ferry
Travelling by ferry from the major ports of Belfast and Larne to Cairnryan or Troon in SW Scotland, is a popular option for Irish visitors. Fast, modern ferries take around 2 hours, depending on the route and service.
The port of Troon in Ayrshire is 35 miles from Glasgow while Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan, 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. The crossing takes 2 ¼ hours. Travel from Cairnryan to Glasgow is provided by Scottish Citylink or a shuttle bus can take passengers to Stranraer railway station, which offers an hourly service to Ayr.
P&O Ferries run up to 9 sailings per day on the shortest, fastest crossing between Larne & Cairnryan. The marginally longer Troon-Larne service has 2 crossings per day & operates between March and October.
Travel to Scotland from overseas
Travelling to Scotland by ferry is popular from a number of European countries. Ferries run from the Netherlands to Hull in the north east of England, around 4 hours drive from the Scottish border, and from Amsterdam to Newcastle, around 2 hours 40 minutes drive from Glasgow.
From Rotterdam and Zeebrugge to Hull: P&O Ferries
(Hull is 265 miles from Glasgow)
From Amsterdam to Newcastle: DFDS Seaways
(Newcastle is 150 miles from Glasgow)
You can find information on timetables, ferry operators and make bookings at Ferrysavers.