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Transport in Glasgow

on Friday, 25 May 2012. Posted in Best of Glasgow Guide

Though Glasgow's steep hills might be a bit difficult to negotiate, walking is one of the best ways by which you can explore the city, as most of the main sights here are scattered. West End is a thirty-minute walk from the centre and the comprehensive public transport system is one which can serve you well in this case.

The best way to get between the West End and the city centre is to use the Underground (Mon-Sat 6.30am-11pm, Sun 10am-6.30pm ). For those travelling beyond the West End, the city centre or to the main sights on the Southside - the train and bus networks suit the best. The suburban train network is also swift and convenient. A black taxi is available anywhere in the city centre, day or night.

Air

Glasgow International Airport is the main departure point in Scotland for flights to North America. There are also regular flights to several European destinations and many domestic flights. There are also flights to Glasgow Prestwick. For airline addresses and phone numbers, see 'Directory'.

Bus

Scottish Citylink has buses to most major towns in Scotland. There are buses to Edinburgh every 15 mins (1 1/4 hrs, £3 single); hourly buses to Stirling (45 mins, £3.60) and Inverness (4 hrs, £14); 15 buses daily to Aberdeen (4 hrs, £15); 4 daily to Oban (3 hours, £11.20); 4-5 daily to Fort William (3 hrs, £11.80); 3 daily to Portree (7 hrs, £20); and hourly to Perth (1 hrs, £7.50) and Dundee (2 1/4 hrs, £8). Midland Bluebird (Tel. 01324-613777) runs buses to Milngavie, at the start of the West Highland Way (30 mins, £1.50).

Train

Scotrail also operates the West Highland line from Queen Street north to Oban (3 daily, 3 hrs), Fort William (3 daily, 3 3/4 hrs) and Mallaig (3 daily, 5 1/4 hrs). ScotRail also run services to Edinburgh (every 30 mins, 50 minutes, £7.50 cheap day return), Perth (hourly, 1 hr), Dundee (hourly, 1 hr 20 mins), Aberdeen (hourly, 2 hrs), Stirling (hourly, 30 mins) and Inverness (3 daily, 3 hrs).

Pleasure Steamer

Why not go back in time and take a leisurely trip on the Waverley Paddle Steamer built on the Clyde in 1947. Cruises start from mid April and run through to mid October visiting many destinations on the Clyde and the western isles including Oban and Tiree. For more details of cruises to the west coast of Scotland