Glasgow is very well served by rail, air and road links. Travelling by train or coach can be the cheapest way to get here. For information please see below:
Arriving by Train
The two main train stations located in Glasgow city centre are Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street, accessible by the main UK West and East coast lines.
- Glasgow Central: Glasgow Central connects the city to the rest of the country with Virgin Rail’s west coast line. The journey to/from London Euston takes around four hours and tickets for travel can be booked from as little as £20, if booked in advance and with a railcard. See National Rail for times and cheap tickets. From Glasgow Central take the subway from Buchanan Street Subway station to Hillhead Subway Station
- Glasgow Queen Street: Glasgow Queen Street station connects the city with the north and east of Scotland, and provides a frequent shuttle service to and from Edinburgh that takes around fifty minutes. If arriving at Glasgow Queen Street delegates have the option of either getting the train to Partick, (the nearest railway station to Glasgow University) or travelling by subway to Hillhead Subway Station from Buchanan Street Station. The entrance to Buchanan Street station is located directly outside the main entrance to Queen Street.
Arriving by Air
From Glasgow International Airport:
Glasgow International Airport is approximately 7 miles from Glasgow University. Frequent services from Easyjet and other operators fly into Glasgow several times a day. There are two bus services that operate from Glasgow International Airport.
- Service 500 The Airport Shuttle: This takes passengers to the city centre with links to Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street Railway Stations and to the main bus terminus, Buchanan Bus Station. Link for more details.
- Service 747 Airlink city Service: This service operates from the airport via Renfrew, Braehead shopping centre, Partick and Charing Cross, the latter two locations being in the West End. Link for more details.
Taxis are also available. The taxi rank is located at the front of the terminal building. A fare from the airport to the city centre is approximately £20 but should be confirmed with the driver prior to commencing your journey.
From Glasgow Prestwick Airport:
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is approximately 22 miles from Glasgow University and is served by its own railway station, accessible by a covered walkway from the airport.
- Train: The service from the airport to Glasgow Central station operates every 30 minutes, at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour. All passengers travelling to and from the airport are entitled to a 50% reduction on the standard fare, on production of their flight information and photographic I.D. For more information, click here. Note that when you arrive in Prestwick, you do NOT need to buy a ticket before getting on the train.
- Bus: The X77 Express service is a direct service between the airport and Glasgow Buchanan Bus station. Journey time is approximately 50 minutes.
Arriving by Bus
Megabus, National Express and other operators provide frequent and cheap services to and from Glasgow from a number of locations around the UK. Again for the best fares, it is best to book your travel early.
There are several bus services that operate from the city centre to Byres Road/ University Avenue. The main bus terminus is Buchanan Street Bus station and delegates would be advised to check with the information centre at the station for up to date timetables or here.
Arriving by Road
From M8 take Junction 18 if travelling from the North, the South or from Edinburgh. If travelling from Glasgow International Airport or West take Junction 18. Please be aware that parking around campus can be difficult, although at weekends it is easier: there is a mixture of paid and free parking near to the University.
For help with planning your journey to Glasgow please see the following website:
You may find these links helpful:
Further travel details to the university can be found on the university’s website here.