Getting to Glasgow

Delegates should note that major engineering works on the Edinburgh-Glasgow train line will be underway during the Congress, resulting in journey times up to 50% longer than usual (i.e. 75 mins rather than 50 mins).

By Plane

Glasgow International Airport

  • Direct flight connections to all major European hubs, plus North America and the Middle East
  • 7 miles (11 km) west of the University, 8 miles (13 km) from the city centre
  • Bus service from airport to the West End (no. 747, Stance 6). Stops minutes from the University with a journey time of about 30 minutes
  • Glasgow Shuttle Bus (outside airport terminal building) directly to the city centre 
  • Airport taxi fare to the West End area around the University costs approximately £20-25

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 to Glasgow city centre (Buchanan Bus Station) every 30 mins: Citylink Air (Stance 1, outside terminal main entrance). Journey time: a little over an hour. 
  • Alternatively, take the Airlink shuttle bus to Haymarket train station (every 10 mins) to connect with the train to Glasgow city centre (Queen Street station) (every 15 mins during peak hours).The onward journey to Glasgow city centre usually takes 48 minutes by train, but note the planned engineering works will increase this by 50%

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 (usually 50 minutes, but during Congress possibly 75mins) and London (5 hours).
  • For timetables see here 

By Car

  • Please note that there is no on-campus parking for delegates during the Congress (except for disabled delegates, by prior arrangement). The streets surrounding the main campus are metered and spaces are usually in very short supply. There is free off-street parking at each of the student residences.
  • 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).

By Coach

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