Local Glasgow Transport

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. 


Bus Routes are shown on the Visitor's Transport Guide. For short trips in the city fares are £0.80. On most buses you'll need to have exact change. After midnight, till 0400, there's a limited night bus service (more frequent at weekends). Full details from Travel Centres. A good way to get around town is to buy a ticket for one of the guided bus tours. 


There are taxi ranks at Central and Queen Street train stations and Buchanan bus station. To call a cab, try Glasgow Wide TOA (Tel: 3326666), who also run city tours. Minimum fare around the city centre is £1.50-2. To the Burrell collection from the city centre (about three miles) should cost around £6-7.


Trains leave from Glasgow Central mainline station to all destinations south of the Clyde, including to Greenock (for ferries to Dunoon), Wemyss Bay (for ferries to Rothesay), Ardrossan (for ferries to Arran) and to Prestwick airport. There's a low-level station below Central station which connects the southeast of the city with the northwest. This cross-city line serves the SECC and a branch runs north to Milngavie, at the start of the West Highland Way. There's also a line from Queen Street which runs west all the way to Helensburgh, via Partick and Dumbarton. Branches of this line run to Balloch, at the south end of Loch Lomond, and Milngavie.


Underground Locals affectionately call it the "Clockwork Orange, as there's only one circular route serving 15 stops and the trains are bright orange. It's easy to use and there's a flat fare of £0.90, or you can buy a day ticket for £2.50. Trains run roughly every 5-8 mins from approximately 0630 till 2235 Mon-Sat and from 1100 till 1750 on Sun.