Getting to Glasgow

By plane

Glasgow International Airport
• 7 miles (11 km) west of the University, 8 miles (13 km) from the city centre
• Bus service to the west end of Glasgow (no. 747) which stops minutes from the University with a journey time of about 30 minutes and a Glasgow Shuttle directly to the city centre
• Taxi fare to West End costs approximately £20-25
• Direct flight connections to all major European hubs, plus North America and the Middle East

Prestwick International Airport
• 22 miles (35 km) south west of the University
• Has its own rail station with direct trains to Glasgow Central train station (journey time about 50 minutes)
• Bus service to Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow city centre (journey time about 50 minutes)
• Low cost European connections

Edinburgh International Airport
• 42 miles (67 km) east of the University
• There is a direct bus from Edinburgh Airport to the Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow’s City Centre, called CityLink Air.
• Around an hour by bus to Glasgow (departing every 30 minutes during peak hours)

By train

Glasgow has two main city-centre terminals: Central and Queen Street with intercity links to all major cities and frequent services to Edinburgh (50 minutes) and London (5 hours). For timetables see:

By car 

Glasgow is well served by motorways (M74 to England, M8 to Edinburgh, M80 to Stirling and A82 to the Highlands).

From Carlisle, Newcastle and the south, exit M74 onto the M73, joining the M8 at the Old Monkland junction. M8 exits for the University are J18 if travelling from the south, Edinburgh and the north and J19 if coming from Glasgow Airport and the west. Other main routes serving the University include Great Western Road (A82, north of campus), Clydeside Expressway (A814, south) and Byres Road (B808, west). Car parking on the University campus and surrounding area is extremely difficult.

By coach 

Buchanan Bus Station is the main terminus for long distance coaches. For national services throughout the UK see Megabus and National Express.

Getting around Glasgow


• Routes 4 and 4A run through the main campus from the city centre.
• Other routes serve Dumbarton Road, Great Western Road and Byres Road.
• A seasonal tourist bus stops at the University.


• The main station for the University is Hillhead.
• Subway map [PDF]
• More information on travel by subway and ticketing options.

Local trains

The nearest suburban rail station is Partick, about one mile west of the University. It has an interchange with the subway and with bus services on Dumbarton Road.


Black taxi cabs can be picked up at most times in the University area and the city centre. Alternatively, you can call them at 429 7070 or use their web booking or their mobile app, which you can find at: Glasgow Taxis.