Glasgow has two main train stations: Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street, Central being larger in terms of platforms and footfall. Both stations are ideal destinations for those staying in the city centre. You can walk or take a short taxi ride to most hotels in the city centre from these stations. Both stations operate long-distance services to England and local services around Scotland. Glasgow Central primarily is the destination for long-distance trains that use the West Coast mainline via Birmingham, Preston and the Lake District. It takes approximately 5-6 hours to get from Glasgow to Birmingham, where you can get connecting services to London stations. Queen Street receives trains from Edinburgh. Be aware that ScotRail do not give open return tickets between Edinburgh and Glasgow so you will need to get two singles if you are not planning on returning to Edinburgh in the same day. This bumps up the price considerably and I was not impressed by this at all.
So after much deliberation, my review of this place comes under transport!
Thought of putting it in restaurants, because we did eat there. However, no-one in their right mind would go there for the food (I had a "big breakfast" for lunch - it's that kind of place).
I could have placed it in nightlife, as it is mainly a pub. However, we were there at lunchtime...
Why transport? Well it is on the concourse at Central Station. Handy for a quick one if your train is delayed, or you've just missed one.
It was ideal for us, as we were to be taking the train to Hampden Park after our refreshments, and we could keep an eye on the queue for the train from our seats in the pub!
Worked like a dream (as my cousin promised, and he's been doing it for years). Out of the pub at 2pm. Queue up for 15 minutes. 15 minute train journey. In seats at 2.50 for a 3pm kick off...
We had intended having a quick one there after the game before jumping on our 5th train of the day to head home. However - no u18s after 5pm on that day. Not sure why...
There are TWO main stations in Glasgow.
1) Glasgow Central: which has trains to the south and west, including trains to England.
2) Queen Street: which handles trains to the north and east. It`s about a five minute walk between them but if you have luggage it can be a hassle to find the other station.
So if you arrive at Glasgow Central from England and want to change to Queen Street for Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness you have a choice of walking or getting the bus at the station.
Unfortunately too many people see Glasgow as a travel hub.
How about staying for a wee while and relaxing in our west coast mild air before heading for the cold North Sea coast of the East?
To try and navigate the endless train stops is very confusing, especiallyl for a first timer. I travelled by train with my friend, as she knew all the routes so it's easier if you're with a local. Expect to pay about £2.35 for a single trip to wherever you want to get off, whether it's somewhere in Bearsden or in Milngavie. Once you do know where you want to go, the rest is easy. Make sure to check times and know which train you're departing from.
By train: Oban station: There are 3 trains daily which run from Glasgow. The Oban train connects up with theMallaig/Fort William-Glasgow train. You can plan your trip with the official interactive train timetables online
Car Ferries Oban: will take you to Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra and South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay.
Queen Street station is one of the citys landmarks, and is the main gateway to Northern and Eastern Scotland from Glasgow. The Station was set up in the year 1842, and has 7 high level and 2 low level platforms, with the low level station catering to the suburban network mostly...
In my experience, visitors best rely on a travel pass for the day.
If you just want to stay within and around Glasgow, the Roundabout Ticket at GBP 4.50 a day is good value. It allows you to travel on subway and trains, but not on buses.
If you come from Prestwick Airport or plan a day trip to sea resorts of Ayr or picturesque Largs, to Gourrock (and a ferry crossing, then the SPT day tripper at GBP 8.40 (for one adult plus 2 kids) is great value. This gives you access to buses, trains and a couple of ferries to places more than 60 km away from Glasgow.
Edinbrugh is only 45mins from Glasgow and 8.80pounds one way, cheaper if you get a return ticket if you're coming back the same day. From Glasgow you go to Queen St. Train station and in Edinburgh you get off at Waverley
Stirlilng is only 25mins on the express train otherwise it's 45mins. Ask for cheap day return ticket for 4.55pounds!! Take the train for Queen St. station and Stirlilng is the first stop.
There are two mainline stations in Glasgow and journeys often require you to transit between them. Depending on your baggage etc the short journey can be completed either by
Walking from Queen St to Central - from the station forecourt, head out of the front exit (beside Burger King) to George Square, turn right and walk along to Nelson Mandela Sq (church in centre). Turn left onto Buchanan St (main pedestrian st) and head down the hill until you turn right at TGI Fridays. Central Station is about 100 metres straight along Gordon St.
Walking from Central to Queen St - reverse above journey.
Taxi - there are ranks at both stations and drivers are well used to ferrying people between them. If taking one from Queen St use the rank outside the Ticket Office entrance as this makes the journey far shorter.
For my trip to Glasgow I came from Edinburgh and then later on went up to Inverness.
Traveling by train is a great way to see Scotland, especially if you are headed up north.
On most trains you will find a snack cart (sandwiches, chips, drinks, etc.) or bar available if you get hungry or thirsty.
Also at the train stations you should find luggage storage available, plus there are ATMs, newsagent, and cafes or vendors.
The only downside to traveling by train in the UK is the price. If you are from outside the UK you can get a rail-pass or inter-rail pass (depending on the country you come from), they are usually flexible and can sometimes be used in multiple countries, but please confirm that this is available for you with your travel agent first. If you can get one it will make your trip a lot cheaper.
Glasgow is home to 2 grand railway stations, Queen Street, and the one pictured here, Central Station.
Queen Street mainly serves destinations in the East and North of Scotland, such as Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth, Stirling, Aberdeen and Dundee whilst Central trains head West and South to destinations such as Ayr, Kilmarnock and further afield down to London.
They are both pretty special architecture wise and worth a visit even if they you are not arriving by train.
this is the main entrance to Glasgow Central Train Station - on Gordon Street.
Use this way, not the side routes, at night, for your own comfort and safety.
As you can see the building architecture is very pretty, so walk around with your head held high to see the best! This is an hotel, as usual.
For those of you needing to get from one train staion to the other, it can be very worrying, so this tip is to help you walk it, confidently, along a pleasant route.
It takes about 10 minutes, with a rucsac, if heavy bags - take a taxi.
From Central Station come out the main entrance (Gordon Street) and turn right. Walk onto pedestrianised streets.
(This photo is of Buchanan Street, looking back South. Gordon Street is to the right of camera, walk down this to reach Central Station).
Continue walking away from Central Station(east) passing the bookshop on your right (the Old Exchange), down a small but lovely alley, bringing you to the Gallery of Modern Art (Queens Street) and many street cafes, then turn left to George Square. With the Square infront of you, you will see Queen Street Station opposite and to the left of the Square.
This route avoids nearly all traffic. It can take a few hours if you want of course!
(See the map from the URL below - you can see in more detail, street names etc)
This picture shows Glasgow Central Train Station - and what a lovely, airy, clean place it is, with a few good shops ( a nice delicatessen) and well policed.
Trains from the West and South come into Central Station.
The other train station is Queen's Street - for services East (Edinburgh) and North (Inverness and Abedeen). This second station is much smaller and far less impressive, but is saved by having George Square outside!
The two stations are a 10 minute walk apart.
By train. We travelled from Holyhead to Glasgow Central Station. I think it was a 4 hours trip, but have to check it out...
To move around: By train, tube, bus or on foot.
Below you'll find a map of the station.