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Getting Around

Glasgow is an easy city to find your way around. Built on a grid system, it’s compact to navigate, either on foot or public transport.

Getting Around

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Traveline Scotland is Scotland's national public transport information service. Download the Traveline Scotland app for more information.

Subway

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The subway is the easiest way to get around the city centre and west areas of Glasgow. Running every 5 minutes at peak times, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations. Tickets start from £1.55. 

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. Download the Glasgow Subway map to find your way around the stations.

Train
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the south, with Glasgow Queen Street Station operating routes mainly to Edinburgh and the north. Check out the ScotRail website for information on all routes and timetables.

The SPT 'Roundabout' ticket gives one-day unlimited travel on ScotRail and SPT Subway services to over 110 stations in the Greater Glasgow area. These tickets can be purchased at any staffed rail station or from staff on board, and are valid after 0900 Monday to Friday, all day at weekends and Glasgow public holidays. 

Trainline is Europe's leading train and coach app and aims to link all rail, coach and other travel services into one simple experience. Check out this easy-to-use service when planning a trip to Glasgow.

Taxi
Glasgow's taxi drivers are some of the friendliest (and most chatty!) in the world. Glasgow Taxis, the distinctive black cabs, operate 5 and 6 seater cabs in and around the city. Look out for their People Make Glasgow ruby coloured cabs too! If their yellow light is on they can be flagged down on the street, or alternatively call +44 (0) 141 429 70 70 to book.

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Bus
First Bus Glasgow operates over 80 routes across the city and has a variety of tickets to choose from, including day tickets from £4.60 to allow you unlimited travel in your selected area all day, or a weekly ticket if you’re staying here longer from £17. For 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.

City Sightseeing Bus
The City Sightseeing Glasgow open-top bus tour is one of the most convenient and popular ways to visit Glasgow’s top tourist attractions and iconic sights. Serving the People’s Palace, Glasgow Cathedral, Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Clydeside Distillery, the hop-on-hop-off service is a fun way for children and adults alike to enjoy the city.

The open-top tour buses operate all year round with a peak summer frequency of every 10 minutes. The complete tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. Full accessibility for wheelchair users is available on all tours, with one dedicated wheelchair space available on the lower deck of each bus.

Tickets are available online, from the driver or pavement staff and are valid for 1 or 2 consecutive days. You can hop-on and hop-off as often as you like at any of the 21 stops on the route.

The City Sightseeing Bus at the People's Palace, GlasgowImage Credit: West Coast Motors

Bicycle 
Cycling around Glasgow is a quick, easy and fun way to get to see the city! Nextbike Glasgow has 700 bikes and e-bikes for hire in over 50 locations, available 24/7. You can rent a bike via Nextbike’s app, by the on-bike computer, or by phoning +44 (0)20 816 69851. Rental starts at £1 for the first 30 minutes and you can get started here.

For some ideas of the best city routes to follow on two wheels, check out these Smarter Travel Routes

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On Foot

Glasgow is a very walkable city, especially in the city centre, so you can easily explore it on foot whilst taking in the beautiful buildings and architecture around you  - it's often the reason they will tell you to 'look up' when you're in the city. 

Accessible Glasgow

Here are some practical itineraries for you to make the most out of your accessible visit to Glasgow.  These itineraries have been created by Euan's Guide - a disabled access review website featuring reviews by disabled people, their families and friends. 

More tours in and beyond the city

There are lots of city tours to choose from, taking in the architecture, mural trails, the music scene, history and much more. Visit our Tours page for more information. To explore further afield, including small group road tours or chauffeur driven sightseeing trips, check out our Tours in Scotland page.

 

Article last updated: January 2020