Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) is the local agency which operates the Subway, a few specialist bus services and co-ordinates public transport in the Greater Glasgow area.
TRAVELINE – Provides online travel planner services for all public transportation across Great Britain. They also have separate planners dedicated to specific regions.
+ GETTING AROUND (peoplemakeglasgow.com) • Getting around Britain (visitbritain.com).
BUS > First Bus Glasgow operates over 80 routes across the city. + National Express | UK Stop finder
RAIL > Visit the ScotRail website for information on all routes and timetables. Glasgow has two main railway stations. Trains from the south of Scotland, the city’s southern districts and all long-distance trains from England arrive at Central Station (Glasgow Central, map), while shuttle trains from Edinburgh and anywhere north of Glasgow arrive at Queen Street Station (GLQ, map).
Avanti West Coast operate direct services to/from Birmingham New Street.
First Transpennine Express operate a direct service to Glasgow from Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.
CrossCountry operate a handful of early morning and late evening trains to/from the South West of England via Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Sheffield, Birmingham New Street and Bristol.
The essential source for rail travel information in Great Britain is the National Rail website. It includes an extremely useful journey planner, ticket prices and detailed information about every railway station in the country. (*Rail travel in Great Britain).
AIRPORTS > Glasgow Airport. This is the city’s principal airport, and a major portal of entry into Scotland.
airportguides.co.uk. The most important airports are London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester Airport. All three have multiple terminals and are collectively served by a vast range of airlines and flights from the four corners of the map.
WATERWAYS > There are many ferry routes into the UK from continental Europe. (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)
Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.
Glasgow is home to a fantastic cycle hire scheme, operated by OVO Bikes. Visit OVO Bikes website to find out how it works. For ideas of the best city routes to follow by bike, check out these Smarter Travel Routes on the Smarter Travel Glasgow website.