General information

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland and the third one in the UK after London and Birmingham. The citizens in Glasgow are known as Glaswegian and also Glaswegian is the name of the Scottish dialect as well. The famous river Clyde is in Glasgow.

Weather

The weather in Glasgow is a bit different from the one found in the rest of Scotland and England. Due to his position in the south-west and proximity and due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Glasgow is one of the milder areas in Scotland.

In general Glasgow's temperature is more or less the same as in North UK. In Scotland, the temperature can vary in the same day a lot, from a rainy day to hot temperatures. During the summer time, it is very sunny. In winter time, get a water proof jacket and thick pullovers as they get under 0º for sure, normally between -10º and -20º in winter time.

Transport in and around Glasgow

Underground

Glasgow has one of the oldest underground in the world, called oficially the Glasgow subway. The popular name of the tube is Clockwork Orange due to one line only, circular and orange for the color of the wagons. The Glasgow underground has twin tunnels in a circle that links 15 stations. Trains go frequently every 5 minutes and opening times are: Monday-Saturday 06.30-23.15 and Sunday 11.00-18.00.

Glasgow underground

Glasgow underground

Glasgow by Train

There is an extensive network of frequent local rail services. Trains go north and east of Scotland from Queen's Street, and to go south they go from Central Glasgow station. Check out tickets at the Scot Rail.

Airports

Two airports are around the city, Glasgow International airport and Prestwick Airport 46km far from the city. Prestwick is mainly used by low cost airlines and regional companies.

Glasgow by Bus

In Glasgow you can go around the city by Bus. Check out the Bus timetables for First in Glasgow. First Glasgow provides a network of services from early morning until about midnight.

Take into account that most buses are on an exact fare policy, where the money is entered directly into a cash box in front of the driver. The ticket is issued with no change given. Prices vary, but normally a single ticket is around £1.15. There are night bus services at the weekends in case you stay out until late.

Glasgow by Taxi

Glasgow has around 1500 London-type taxis, remember that the fare card and the tariff should be displayed along with the driver's license card. You can stop a taxi in the street or queue at a designated taxi stances.

Glasgow by Car

As a big city, traffic jams are something on everyday's agenda. Take that into account when hiring a car. There are parking areas around the city with pay-and-display machines, and also car parks around.

Car hire companies include: Arnold Clark, Europcar and Mitchell's Self Drive. And remember, you will drive on the left!

Glasgow by Foot

Glasgow is the perfect city to see by foot, if the weather is good enough, of course. The city centre has a lot of pedestrian areas such as Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street or Argyle Street.