How to get to Glasgow
You can choose from various options to get from Glasgow Airport to the city centre. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Bus: As mentioned in our travel tips above, Bus 77 is the cheapest option for getting from the airport to the city centre or to the West End. A single one-way adult ticket costs £4.95. Bear in mind that the journey usually takes longer than an hour. Alternatively, take the Glasgow Airport Express service 500 for a faster journey at £8.50 per adult for a single ticket and £4.50 per child.
Train: There isn’t a train station at the Glasgow Airport, so if you want to travel by rail to the city centre, you’ll need to take the McGill’s 757 bus to Paisley Gilmour Street Station, which is just over a mile (1.6km) from the terminal. You can take the train from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central Station. The train journey takes approximately 13 minutes, and tickets cost £2.15.
Taxi: You’ll find taxis waiting outside the door of the airport. With more than 180 taxis in the fleet, there’s no need for you to book in advance. Please note that taxis are one of the more expensive options.
Car: If you hire a car at one of the agencies at Glasgow Airport and you want to drive to the city centre, take the M8 to Glasgow. Take the M74 exit from the M8, and then continue on the A8. Take King Street and Albion Street to National Bank Lane. The journey should take approximately 20 minutes.
Getting around Glasgow
Glasgow’s rather compact, as far as cities go, so it’s easy to get around, regardless of your preferred means of transport. It should also be easy for you to find your way around the Dear Green Place.
Walk: Glasgow’s city centre is especially walkable. If possible, try to walk around the city and enjoy its atmosphere and architecture.
Bicycle: If Glasgow is especially walkable, it’s also great for cycling. OVO Bikes operates a fantastic bicycle hire scheme. You’ll need to download the app and register before renting one of the bicycles parked in various locations around the city. Scan the QR code or enter the number displayed on the bike or e-bike. The framelock will release, and you can pedal away to your heart’s content. The app also has park and return options, so you can lock the bike when parking it or returning it to an official station.
Underground Railway: Glasgow’s underground is known as the Clockwork Orange, due to the regularity of its orange trains. Trains run every 4 minutes during peak times, and it takes a mere 24 minutes to complete the 15-station circuit. You can purchase single tickets or a Subway Smartcard that offers better prices and can be topped up.
Train: Glasgow Central Station links the city with the south, and Glasgow Queen Street Station links the city with Edinburgh and the north. You can walk or take the bus from Glasgow Central to Queen Street or vice versa if you need to travel from one station to the other. Purchase a Roundabout ticket for unlimited one-day travel on ScotRail trains and the underground to more than 110 stations in the Greater Glasgow area.
Bus: Buses are a convenient method of transport in Glasgow, as First Bus Glasgow operates more than 80 routes across the city. Choose from a variety of tickets, such as day tickets offering unlimited travel within a specified area, and weekly tickets that are ideal for longer stays.
Taxi: Glasgow Taxis operates 5- and 6-seater cabs in and around the city. You can flag down a taxi on the street if its yellow light is on.
Where to stay in Glasgow
Located in a lovingly renovated 1850s building in Merchant City, Fraser Suites Glasgow is the ideal place to base yourself when you’re visiting this vibrant city. Our elegantly designed Gold Standard studios and one- and two-bedroom serviced apartments place you in the heart of Glasgow’s cultural quarter, where you’ll find art galleries, museums, other attractions, and fantastic nightlife. Stay at Fraser Suites Glasgow and enjoy a holiday you’ll never forget.