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.
Get to know Glasgow better with the Glasgow Walking app developed by Glasgow City Council, and learn about the history of the city as you discover some of its hidden gems on the walking routes.
SPT Travel Centres
SPT Travel Centres provide information about all types of travel in the Glasgow & Strathclyde area, and Traveline Scotland covers public transport across Scotland. Download the Traveline Scotland app for more information.
The Subway is the easiest way to get around the City Centre and West End 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 £1.40.
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.
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the South, with Glasgow Queen Street Station operating routes mainly to Edinburgh & the North. Check out the ScotRail website for all the routes and timetables.
The SPT "Roundabout" ticket gives one day unlimited travel by rail and Subway to over 110 stations in the Greater Glasgow area. These tickets can be purchased through ScotRail or SPT Travel Centres and are valid after 0900 Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and Glasgow public holidays & can be purchased either through ScotRail or SPT Travel Centres.
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.
Over the past 10 years, First Bus Glasgow have invested over £100 million in new buses and technology for the Greater Glasgow network and they now operate over 100 routes across the city.
City Sightseeing Bus
The City Sightseeing Glasgow open top 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, The Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Clydeside Distillery, the hop-on-hop-off is a fun way for children and adults alike to enjoy the city.
The open-top tour buses operate all year round from 0930 until 1630 and the complete tour lasts approximately 1hour 20mins. During the summer its operates every 10 minutes (until 1650 then every 20 mins until 1820), autumn every 15 minutes and every 30 minutes over the winter.
Tickets are available online, from 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.
Cycling around Glasgow is a quick, easy and fun way to get see the city! Nextbike Glasgow has 400 bikes for hire in 43 locations, available 24/7. You can rent a bike via nextbike’s Android/iPhone App, by the on-bike computer, or by phoning +44 (0)20 816 69851. Rental starts at £1 for the first 30 minutes - get started here.
For some ideas of the best city routes to follow on two wheels, check out these Smarter Travel Routes.
Rideways is the hassle-free way to book airport transfers and taxis in and around Glasgow. With free cancellation, competitive pricing and guaranteed pick-up in a range of vehicle options, Rideways take the stress of out of travel.
Looking to rent a car? Sixt car hire has car rental stations located at Glasgow airport and in the city centre at Waterloo Street.
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.
More tours in and beyond the city
There are lots of city tours to choose from, taking in 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.