30th March - 3rd April 2008, Glasgow, Scotland

City of Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in Western Europe. Today, the city has emerged as the cultural, commercial and convention capital of Scotland. It has the finest specimen of Victorian architecture in Europe and an amazing collection of fine museums and art galleries. Glasgow is definitely the warmest and friendliest city in Britain! According to the late poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, "the city made ships and gigantic locomotives and powerful machines. But most of all, it made friends."

Glasgow is one of Europe's most visited cities, with more than 3 million tourists who come to Glasgow to enjoy a wealth of cultural and leisure attractions, and as a base to explore the magnificent natural scenery which surrounds the city. Glasgow is famous for its shopping district, which is the largest shopping zone outside London. Glasgow is also famous for its lively and varied nightlife scene. In recent years, it has been designated the European Capital of Sport 2003, the UK City of Architecture and Design 1999 and the European City of Culture 1990. Glasgow is also currently bidding to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


For more information about the city of Glasgow, check SeeGlasgow, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow in Wikipedia.

Glasgow is very well connected with Europe and the rest of the World, and is served by many major airlines as well as low-cost European operators.


Getting to Glasgow

Traveling by Air

Glasgow has two international airports: Glasgow International Airport is the main airport and lies about 15km west of the city centre, regular taxis/buses are available to Glasgow city center; Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is used mainly by low-cost airlines and lies about 50km south-west of the city centre, and is accessible by rail. Apart from major airlines, the following low-cost airlines connect Glasgow to the rest of the UK, Europe, and North America:


Traveling by Rail

Glasgow Central Station is a key hub in the UK rail network and provides convenient connection from London and other major UK cities. Glasgow Queen Street Station is the second main line station situated in the city centre, providing excellent links to the rest of Scotland.

For information on rail travel within the UK contact the 24 hour National Rail Enquiries Line on 08457 48 49 50.

For more information on individual rail operators or to book tickets on-line, please visit any of the following sites:


  • Virgin Trains and Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) operate direct routes to Glasgow Central Station from London's Euston and Kings Cross stations respectively.
  • The Trainline - this site is a no-nonsense, direct approach to on-line train travel booking. Use this link to find out times, book tickets and reserve seats from any train operator in the mainland UK.
  • BritRail - this site provides information on special rail passes such as the Freedom of Scotland Travel Pass which are only available to international travellers. You will also find timetables and details on where to purchase and how to use BritRail Passes. BritRail Passes are not available in the UK and must be purchased outside the UK.
  • First ScotRail - Here you will find details on the West Highland Line, the North Highland Line and Caledonian Sleepers (overnight trains from Scotland to London). You will also find timetables, special ticket offers and other useful travel links.

Traveling in Glasgow

Getting around in Glasgow is easy. Most of the city is within walking distance, with public transport (buses, taxis, underground and suburban trains) facilitating longer journeys. In addtion, Glasgow has a very effective and efficient underground network, which links directly the city center to the univeristy campus.