Travelling around Glasgow

Glasgow has an extensive public transport system. Trains, buses and the subway connect almost all of the city, and are a great way to get around.


There are two main train stations in Glasgow City Centre:


Glasgow Central – mostly Southbound trains within the city, plus intercity travel to London, Manchester, Birmingham and others.


Glasgow Queen Street – North and Eastbound trains leave this station, generally for the fastest routes to Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.

A Lower Level train line (not to be confused with the Subway – see below) also connects the North West and South East of the city.

It is a good idea to book your ticket in advance if you are travelling far from Glasgow as it is often much cheaper. Additionally, if you are aged 16-25 (or a full time student of any age), you can get a third off most rail fares with a 16-25 Railcard.


Buchanan Bus Station is the main bus station in Glasgow, and is located across the road from the GCU campus. Bus travel between cities in the UK can often be cheaper than the train, so it is worth looking into this option if you are travelling outside Glasgow (see megabus and citylink).


The local buses in Glasgow are operated by First. You can get on these buses at pre-designated stops. The number and final destination of the bus are displayed on the front. There is no conductor; you pay your fare to the driver as you board. If you are unsure how much it will be, tell the driver where you wish to go and he/she will tell you. Timetables and fare information are found on the First website and at Buchanan Bus Station.

Be aware that First buses do not provide change, so make sure that you have the right amount/plenty of change before you get on-board.



The Subway is an underground train that runs in a circle around the City Centre and West End. The trains run frequently (every 10 minutes or so), and the nearest station to campus in Cowcaddens. There is a flat fare of £1.20 (single) and £2.40 (return), or £3.50 for an unlimited day ticket.

For more information on the subway, visit the SPT website.

Zone Card

If you will be travelling a lot by bus, train and underground, a Zone Card will save you money and time. It is a pass that allows unlimited travel within certain zones. For more information, see



There are numerous taxi ranks around Glasgow where “black cabs” can be found. These taxis operate on a meter system where the cost is based on the journey travelled and time taken for the journey. They can usually hold up to five people.

Private taxis are normal cars (bearing a yellow licence plate) which are not hailed in the street, but booked by telephone. They are slightly cheaper than black cabs. Always make sure you use a licensed taxi.

On Foot

Often the best (and cheapest) way to get around Glasgow can be on foot. For information on the city's best walking routes, visit Walkit.