Getting Around

The Glasgow Subway is one of the simplest in the world’s cities. It is a constant loop with an inner and an outer circle. The loop runscontinues from central Glasgow (or ‘the Town’ as locals call it) into the West End and through some parts of the South Side. If you live anywhere in the West End, it is likely you are less than a ten minute walk from a subway stop. A little less likely if you are in the South Side, but handy nonetheless. Unfortunately, the service doesn’t normally run past 23:30 hours, so late night traveling in the city usually requires ais normally by taxi.

Taxis: While cheaper in comparison to some of the bigger cities in the English-speaking world, taxis can still rack up a fair price. It is normally cheaper to call a taxi rather than to hail one on the street, and the starting price goes up a pound or two depending on the company after midnight. Taxi drivers in Scotland like to talk, so don’t worry if they begin to chat incessantly. This is a good opportunity to practice your comprehension skills of the impenetrable Glaswegian dialect!  Tipping isn’t necessary, but a nice chat with a taxi driver shouldn’t cost you more than 10% of the fare.

Trains: There are two main train stations in Glasgow: Glasgow Central Station next to the River Clyde, and Glasgow Queen Street Station closer to the centre of the main shopping area. Queen Street tends to have more services for the North and East of Scotland while Central has a lot more services South of the border and to the central belt of Scotland in general.

Trains, while often much faster, are normally a little pricier than buses. Young adults aged 16-25 and full-time older students can get a railcard that cuts fares by a third. Another option is the Zonecard that cuts the price of train, subway, bus and some ferry services across the Strathclyde area and depends on how many ‘zones’ you will be travelling through.

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Bus: The main local bus service is First Bus. A little less dependable than the trains, the buses can be a good, cheap way of getting from neighborhood to neighborhood in the city with services running a little later than trains.

For journeys out of town, the main bus station in Glasgow is Buchanan Bus Station, which has services all over the United Kingdom and beyond. Not always the safest place to be hanging around late at night, it is still very handy and centrally located. Megabus and Scottish Citylink are the main bus services for longer journeys, and you can find some great deals on their websites if you book early enough.

Cycling: While Glasgow isn’t the best city for bicycle lanes, many people still opt to cycle their commute; so you won’t stand out with your bike on a Glasgow road. Know that drivers can be impatient with each other as in most big cities, and cycling is one of the more dangerous ways to travel. On the upside, Glasgow isn’t terribly hilly and so cycling can be very pleasant, providing the weather suits it.