In a city like Glasgow when there is so much to see, it’s great to know that a lot can be seen by foot. Nevertheless, the city’s public transport is on hand to get you to your destination in a hurry, to somewhere just outside the main hub or simply if you haven’t got your walking shoes on. As it is quite compact as a whole, driving isn’t really that necessary.
One of the easiest ways to get around the city centre and West End is Glasgow’s subway which runs every few minutes. Pulling in at 15 stations, the 6-mile loop only takes 24 minutes to complete. Stations such as Buchanan Street, St Enoch Centre and Patrick all have rail interchange connections, too. Relatively cheap, adult fares start from £1.60 with a day ticket costing £4. However, if you’re planning to stay for a while, it might be worth buying a weekly travelcard or investing in a Smartcard for a few extra discounts. It’s also worth remembering that the subway shuts at 6pm on Sundays.
A mix of low and high level, you can really make the most of your trip on the trains. Whether you’re venturing out for a day trip to one of the many suburban towns or making your way into the West End, jump on at either Central or Queen Street stations.
Look out for the ‘SPT Roundabout ticket’ that allows you a day's travel across both Subway and trains in the Greater Glasgow area, costing round £6.60.
Glasgow has an extensive bus network with buses running frequently. Mainly run by First Glasgow, one tip to remember is a lot of buses will only accept the exact change for fares so don’t go handing over a fiver to the driver and expecting change!
Whether you’re within the city centre or heading a little further afield around Glasgow, take your pick from single, all day and weekly tickets with all-day fares starting from £4.50.
Hire a bike from the city’s cycle hire scheme nextbike for a quick and fun way to nip around. After registering, you can pick up a bike 24/7 with rental starting at £1 for the first half hour and find docking stations all over the city centre and West End. Don’t forget to also use the Glasgow Cycling app for cycling routes and more. If you’re bringing your own bike, remember all our Premier Inn hotels are bike friendly, so you can store it, clean it and have it looked after during your stay.
Thankfully, a lot of Glasgow’s city centre is pedestrian-friendly so getting around, finding hidden gems and shopping trips are made all the more easier. Want to know what’s really cool? Glasgow City Council have created the Glasgow Walking app for guided walks around the city that lead you to discover new and hidden places. Check out walkit.com for more community shared walks, too.
If anyone’s going to have a little extra local knowledge, it’s a taxi driver. Operated by Glasgow Taxis, hail a classic black cab (available when their yellow ‘taxi’ sign is illuminated) and expect a fare from the city centre to the West End be around £5-£6. Alternatively, mini cabs can be ordered via phone, just look out for their numbers on the back of their vehicle, and will be a little cheaper than a black cab.