Getting to Glasgow

Getting to Glasgow couldn't be easier - the city is served by three international airports, it is well connected by train from across the UK, it is easily accessible by Scotland's extensive road network and travelling by sea is made simple by the ferry connections. Visitors to Glasgow and the UK in general from the European Union countries and Schengen countries do not need a visa and they can travel with their ID's.


  • Three international airports
  • Direct flights from over 175 destinations
  • Direct flights from North America - Calgary, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver
  • Only one stop away via London, Amsterdam, Dubai or Reykjavik
  • Low cost direct European connections
  • Most European destinations within 2 hours travel time
  • More than 30 return flights from London per day 
  • Only one hour travel by air from London

Glasgow International Airport

  • Glasgow Airport is Scotland's long-haul gateway, with some 30 airlines serving around 100 destinations worldwide.
  • Direct flights from over 100 worldwide destinations including New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
  • One-stop flights from 12 North American destinations with Icelandair via Reykjavik.
  • One-stop flights from 46 destinations in 31 countries with Emirates via Dubai to Glasgow (twice daily).

Glasgow Airport is located just 8 miles from the heart of the city and serves as the principal gateway to the West of Scotland. Glasgow Airport connects the city to key locations around the UK, including over 30 flights per day linking London to Glasgow. Airlinks with major scheduled carriers such as Lufthansa and KLM plus United Airlines' daily service from New York to Glasgow opens up the European and transatlantic gateways. The twice daily service by Emirates links over 100 destinations in Asia, Africa and Australasia to Glasgow.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is south west of the city and is a 45 minute direct train link from Glasgow City Centre.

Edinburgh International Airport

Edinburgh Airport is only 45 minutes from Glasgow. More than 40 airlines serve over 130 destinations with 276 flights inbound and outbound daily. 

Direct Citylink Air coach from the main terminal every 30 minutes, from 05.30 to 23.30 daily to Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow City Centre - click here to book your tickets for Citylink Air.

Journey time: 55 minutes Cost: £19.00 return.


For more information on getting from the airports to the city, click here.



Glasgow is well connected by train from across the UK.

Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to all UK cities. Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Central and Northern Scotland. The main UK train companies operating in Scotland are:

Average travel time by train from across the UK:

Average Journey Time from major stations:

  • London - 4 hours 10 mins
  • Birmingham - 4 hours
  • Manchester - 3 hours 30 mins
  • Liverpool - 3 hours 40 mins
  • York - 3 hours 30 mins
  • Edinburgh - 50 mins

There are more than 20 direct trains per day from London. Direct trains from Edinburgh every 15 mins on weekdays.


Scotland has an extensive motorway road network.

Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh with the M8, England on the M74, Stirling with the M80 and the West Coast of Scotland with the M77. The city's venues and hotels are comfortably accessed by road.

For real time travel information on all of Scotland's trunk roads, including cross-border information to the North of England, visit Traffic Scotland, or access it via the Traveline Scotland app.

For information on Scotland's trunk road network visit Transport Scotland.

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