Travelling to Glasgow

Driving to Scotland from England

By Air

From England the M6 motorway leads into the M74 at the Scottish Borders. The M74 serves Dumfries and the Borders as well as Motherwell and Hamilton and is the direct link to the centre of Glasgow.


For real time travel information on all of Scotland’s trunk roads, including cross-border information to the North of England, visit Traffic Scotland. For information on Scotland’s trunk road network visit Transport Scotland.

By Rail

The two main railway hubs serving the city are Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station. The West Coast Main Line terminates at Glasgow Central Station, linking Glasgow to London Euston along the west coast of mainland Scotland and England via Preston, Carlisle and Motherwell.


There is currently a direct service to Glasgow Central Station from London Euston every 40 minutes, including an overnight sleeper service operated by ScotRail. There are now direct rail links between Birmingham and Glasgow Central Station running every two hours.


Glasgow Queen Street station also links to the East Coast Main Line via Edinburgh. The East Coast Main Line runs from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross via Newcastle, York and Leeds.


Virgin Trains provides the west coast service. ScotRail runs the sleeper service on the West Coast Main Line from London Euston.


Cross Country Trains and East Coast Trains provide the east coast service. East coast trains terminate at Edinburgh Waverley Station. Travel to Glasgow Queen Street Station from Edinburgh Waverly Station normally takes approximately 50 minutes and the services run very regularly.


Glasgow Airport serves most major international airlines and there are currently 28 daily services to London.

The First 500 shuttle bus service runs from the airport to Glasgow city centre up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and takes approximately 25 minutes. The First 747 Airlink service runs from the airport to Glasgow city centre via Braehead Shopping Centre and Partick Interchange. Partick Interchange serves a number of areas in Glasgow via rail, subway and bus connections. Details of all airport shuttle links can be found on the Glasgow Airport Bus and Coaches page. Glasgow Airport also has an SPT Travel Desk, located at Domestic Arrivals, where staff can provide you with details of buses and taxis.


Prestwick Airport is predominately served by Ryanair flights that fly to and from 27 European destinations. It is the only airport in Scotland with its own dedicated train station and sits on the main line to Ayr from Glasgow Central Station. It is approximately 45 minutes by train from Prestwick to Glasgow Central Station and nine minutes to Ayr. There are also bus and coach services to and from Glasgow. There is a welcome desk, where staff can provide you with further details and information.


Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland and is used by over 40 airlines with approximately 311 flights a day. On average there are 46 flights a day to London.


Edinburgh Airport is located 5.8 miles (9.3 km) west of Edinburgh city centre. Scottish Citylink provides direct services from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow every 30 minutes. Lothian Buses provides public transportation to Edinburgh Airport with the Airlink100 express bus from Edinburgh city centre as well as local bus services.


The route to Edinburgh Airport is served 24 hours a day and takes approximately 25 minutes. West Coast Motors in conjunction with Scottish Citylink, provides a service from Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport called Citylink Air. Edinburgh Trams, a light rail link from the airport to Edinburgh city centre operates daily. There is also an Onward Travel Desk, located at Domestic Arrivals, where staff can provide you with details of buses and taxis.

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