COVID-19:  We encourage everyone to follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government for the city of Glasgow. Please note the information on this website is subject to significant change.


Know before you go: a practical guide to visiting Glasgow

Glasgow is now in COVID-19 protection Level 0, with travel into and out of the city allowed. Many of the city’s shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions are ready to welcome you back. We’ve outlined just a few things you may find useful to know before you go.

1. Stay safe by protecting yourself and others

We want everyone to have safe and enjoyable experiences so please be kind and patient as things may be a little different. Visit the Scottish Government website for the latest guidance.

Download the Protect Scotland app which has been designed to help reduce the spread of the virus by alerting users if they have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

In Scotland, it’s a legal requirement for people to wear face coverings (unless exempt) in shops, on public transport, in hospitality venues whilst moving around and in enclosed spaces where physical distancing is more difficult. Face coverings don’t have to be drab, why not support a local Glasgow maker and buy one from Slanj Kilts or Trakke, just a couple of Glasgow-based companies designing their own.

You must also maintain at least 1m distance from other households in all indoor public settings.

2. Plan ahead for your visit

Simple measures such as avoiding peak times when travelling and checking ahead that the shops, cafes, restaurants and venues you plan to visit are open, can help ensure a more enjoyable experience.

Restaurants, cafes and bars across Glasgow are able to open until midnight. Check in advance if pre-booking is required and be aware that face coverings are mandatory for staff and customers when moving around venues and when not eating or drinking. Indoors, there is a limit of 10 people from 4 households to a table, and 15 people from 15 households outdoors. Children under the age of 12 do not count towards the total number of people who can meet.

Shops are limiting numbers, introducing one-way systems and may have changed their opening hours. And queuing means getting into or around a venue may take longer so please be patient and make sure you leave yourself plenty of time. 

La Chambre Verte Blythswood SquareLa Chambre Verte at Kimpton Blythswood Square. Image credit: Kimpton Blythswood Square.

Most of the city’s hotels are open. If you have plans to stay overnight, each venue will have strict health and safety guidelines in place to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Please check with your accommodation provider for their COVID-19 regulations including what procedures would have to be followed in the event of a guest displaying symptoms. 

3. Getting here and getting around  

The Scottish Government's COVID-19 protection Level 0 allows unrestricted travel within Scotland and between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Visit the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on travel and transport.

Wherever possible, active travel, such as walking and cycling, is encouraged to reduce pressure on public transport where capacity may be limited. Visit the Transport Scotland website for further guidance on how to travel safely.

If using public transport to travel, local operators have some helpful advice and measures in place. ScotRail has five rules for safer travel which includes avoiding the main commuting times where services are likely to be busiest and using face coverings. Planning to take the subway? Reduce queueing time and touch points by signing up for a Subway Smartcard (it offers the best value tickets too!). If you’re looking to travel by bus, check out FirstBus’ handy Space Checker tool which displays the quietest routes and times from your bus stop.

Cycling around Glasgow is a quick, easy and fun way to see the city. Nextbike Glasgow has lots of bikes and e-bikes for hire at convenient locations across the city, available 24/7.  Visit the Nextbike Glasgow website to find out more information

Should you wish to drive into the city, the car parks at St Enoch Centre and Buchanan Galleries shopping malls are open. Alternatively, hop in a Glasgow Taxi. Their cabs are sanitised, safe and offer contactless payment.

Glasgow City Council's Spaces for People programme has been developed to give pedestrians and cyclists more space to roam in the city centre and encourage more active travel. The widening of footpaths and the introduction of one-way pedestrian systems are just some of the temporary measures put in place. Visit the Glasgow City Council website to find out more information. 

4. Support local Glasgow businesses

A couple walking down a staircase admiring the 'Floating Heads' sculpture inside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, GlasgowA couple walking down a staircase admiring the 'Floating Heads' installation inside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Look out for businesses that are part of the new ‘Good to Go’ scheme, a UK-wide industry standard designed to give consumers confidence and allow businesses to demonstrate they are adhering to government and public health guidance and have correct protocols in place. Head to the VisitScotland website to find out more about the 'Good to Go' scheme. 


For ideas and inspiration on how to enjoy and experience the city at the moment, check out our Glasgow Now section.


Article last updated: July 2021