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Getting around

Getting around

Getting around

Glasgow is a compact city and it’s easy to find your way around, whether on foot, by bike or public transport.


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Glasgow is a very walkable city, especially the city centre, so you can easily explore it on foot whilst taking in the beautiful buildings and architecture around you. Don’t forget to 'look up' when you're in the city.

Get your bearings by visiting our neighbourhood guides.


Glasgow is home to a fantastic cycle hire scheme, operated by OVO Bikes. Visit OVO Bikes website to find out how it works.

For ideas of the best routes in the city and surrounding areas to follow by bike, check out the Sustrans website.


The subway is one of the easiest ways to get around the city centre, west end and southside of Glasgow. Running every 4 minutes at peak times, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations.

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. Visit the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) website for more information.


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

Need to travel between Central Station and Queen Street Station? Check out ScotRail's handy walking routes or bus link service at

A Roundabout ticket gives one-day unlimited travel on ScotRail and Subway services to over 110 stations in the Greater Glasgow area. More information on the Roundabout ticket can be found at


First Bus Glasgow operates over 80 routes across the city and there are a variety of tickets to choose from. A day tickets allows unlimited travel in your selected area all day. A weekly ticket is cost effective if you’re staying here longer. 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.

First Bus also operate an express service between the city centre and Glasgow Airport with a journey time of around 15 minutes. Visit for more information.

City Sightseeing Bus

The City Sightseeing Glasgow open-top bus tour is one of the most convenient ways to visit Glasgow’s top tourist attractions and iconic sights. Choose between 2 tours: the red route explores attractions in the centre and the west end such as The Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, and the University of Glasgow. The yellow route covers the east and south of the city, visiting Celtic Park, Ibrox, The Science Centre and The Burrell Collection.

The complete tour lasts approximately 90 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 from the City Sightseeing Glasgow website, the driver or pavement staff and are valid for 1 or 2 days.


Glasgow's taxi drivers are some of the friendliest in the world. Glasgow Taxis operate 5 and 6-seater cabs in and around the city. 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. Check out the Glasgow Taxis website for more information.


Vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road and there are certain speed limits that apply to certain areas of the city. These are likely to be signposted on the road you are driving. Seat belts are compulsory for all drivers and passengers. This applies regardless where you are sitting in the car.

Be aware that Glasgow has introduced a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in the city centre. All vehicles entering the LEZ must meet the low-emission standards or face a penalty charge. For more details, visit Glasgow City Council's website.

Article last updated: April 2024

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