Public Transport

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Getting Around By Bus

Several bus operators provide an extensive network of bus services in and around the Glasgow area. Most services run from early morning until midnight, but some of the more frequently travelled routes have late services on Friday/Saturday nights.

Bus stops are situated throughout the city. Just look for the number of the bus you need on the bus stop information signs, and then put out your hand to stop the bus when you see it coming along.

Be aware that most of the bus services have an “exact change” policy – the money goes directly into a cash handler and not to the driver. On these buses no change will be given, so if you don’t want to lose out on a few pennies make sure you do have the exact change.

Prices are very variable depending on which bus company you use and how far you are going, but a fare of around £1.20 should get you to almost anywhere within the city centre.

All telephone enquiries for public transport timetable information should be directed to Traveline Scotland on 0871 200 22 33. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information on timetables, fares etc. can also be found on the SPT website.

Bus tours

The open top tourist bus tours within Glasgow mainly run from George Square. See Glasgow open top bus tours for more information.

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Getting Around By Train

A comprehensive network of regular and frequent local rail services operates in Glasgow, its suburbs and the West of Scotland. Most suburbs and towns within this area are accessible by train, however, the level of service varies greatly and some stations are closed on Sundays.

Free timetables are available for each line from the appropriate train station, and are also available online at the Scotrail website. For more information on services and train times visit the Strathclyde Passenger Transport website or call SPT on 08457 48 49 50.

Tickets can be purchased in advance of travelling from the station booking office, but can also be bought on the train from the conductor if the station booking office is closed.

If you are staying outside Glasgow and would prefer not to drive into the city, you can use the “Park-and-Ride” system. This allows free parking at suburban train stations, where you then continue your journey by train.

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Getting Around By Underground

This is by far the quickest and most convenient way to get between the West End or South Side of Glasgow, and the city centre. The Glasgow underground has a total of 15 stops around the city centre, west end and south side of the city.

The Glasgow underground, a true Glasgow icon, is always remembered by visitors due to it’s unique route. It is made up of twin tunnels that each go round in a circle in opposite directions: the outer tunnel runs in a clockwise direction, and the outer tunnel runs in an anti-clockwise direction.

The Glasgow underground is opened 7 days a week: Monday-Friday from 6.30am-11.15pm, and on Sundays from 11am-6pm. Trains are quite frequent – you normally won’t go for more than 5 minutes without one appearing.

Tickets cost £1.10 for adults and £0.55 for kids for one trip. Alternatively, an all day ticket with unlimited trips on the subway costs £2.50 for adults or kids.

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The Daytripper Ticket

The SPT daytripper tickets allow you to travel by rail, subway, most buses and some ferries throughout the Strachclyde region.

Tickets cost £16 for 2 adults and up to 4 children, or £9 for 1 adult and up to 2 children. Tickets are valid after 9am Monday-Friday, and all day on the weekends. They can be bought from any staffed train station, or SPT travel centres.