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I normally prefer to walk around Glasgow on a warm sunny day, but sometimes the rain can arrive unexpectedly making more sheltered transport desirable.
The Subway is an excellent way to travel around Glasgow, although the route is only circular, it crosses the River Clyde twice and stations always connect with city bus routes for onward travel, some with Scotrail connections for travelling longer distances beyond the city, by train.
Fares are reasonable at £1.40 for an adult single, and only 80 pence for concessionary citizens (me!) The main advantage of using the system is avoiding the congestion of street traffic, ensuring a speedy, stress-free journey, trains operate at frequent intervals in each direction from 6.30 until midnight Monday to Saturday and 10 am until 6 pm on Sundays.
The modern coaches are clean and comfortable, but when the train negotiates the tunnel curves at speed, significant jerking and vibration can be expected, but it's all part of the unique experience, affectionately known as "the shoogle" in Glasgow parlance.......
The Glasgow Subway. One of the oldest in the world. All the trains became orange after a re-furb in the 1970s. That's when it became the Clockwork Orange. The trains are smaller than the typical modern metro, so that adds to the effect.
It's just 1 line - a circle. For visitors, it's useful for getting to several attractions. The College of Art (Cowcaddens). George Square (Buchanan St.). And so on.
It interchanges with the railway network at Buchanan St (for Queen St. railway station) and Partick (for suburban trains out west). St. Enoch is quite close to Central Station. An easy walk.
It has several park & ride facilities. I've used the Kelvinbridge one - convenient if coming into the city by car from the east on the M8, and much cheaper than using a city centre car park. It's not big - 150 spaces - so probably fills up quickly at busy times.
Fare was £1.20 for a single adult in May '12.
Update! May '13 it was £5 for a park & ride ticket. All day parking + an adult return train ticket.
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Use the subway!
Sometimes known as the 'Clockwork Orange', but more commonly known as the subway, Glasgow's underground system is one of the oldest in the world. Unlike in London, this subway system is very easy to navigate as it comprises of just one circular route on which you can travel on the outer or inner circles which run clockwise and anti-clockwise around the city.
I found the subway great value for money with a single trip to any station costing just £1.20. Subway stations are found at many convenient places around the city. For a traveller this is great as it gives you the confidence to visit different areas of the city outside the CBD.
Here is a list of the 15 stations served by Glasgow's subway:
Buchanan Street (for the city centre shopping and Queen St Rail)
St Enoch (for St Enoch shopping and Glasgow Central rail)
Cessnock (for Glasgow Science Centre)
Ibrox (for Rangers Football Club)
Hillhead (for Glasgow University and the Hunterian Museum)
St George's Cross
Trains depart at regular intervals of 4-5 minutes throughout the day between 6.30 am and 11.30 pm. Operating times differ on Sundays.
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The underground in Glasgow is one single circuit that runs from the city centre to the West End then crosses the river to Ibrox before looping back to the centre. The trains are mostly clean and you never have to wait more than 10 mins for one to appear.
Combined saver cards are available for use on the underground & SPT buses and a single journey costs £1.
An easy and cheap way to get about
The Glasgow underground is more than 100 years old and predates the London underground. There is only one circular route with trains running every 10 to 20 minutes in each direction. This covers central Glasgow so won't help you get around Greater Glasgow, but there is also a very good bus service to all areas of Glasgow and surrounding areas.
You can find your nearest underground stop on the multimap site, where it will be marked with an orange circle, for example see http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?client=public&X=259000&Y=665500&width=500&height=300&gride=&gridn=&srec=0&coordsys=gb&db=&addr1=&addr2=&addr3=&pc=&advanced=&local=&localinfosel=&kw=&inmap=&table=&ovtype=&keepicon=&zm=0&scale=10000&down.x=190&down.y=3 (sorry the link is so long!)
Glasgows Subway is one of the oldest metros in the world and also one of the simplest.
It comprises of one oval loops with 2 lines, one clockwise, one anti-clockwise. the system is 6.5 miles (10.4Km) long and has 15 stations that cover the city centre, the west end & the south west side of the river. Trains run every 4-8 minutes and run from 6.30am - 11.30pm Mon - Sat, 10am - 6pm on Sundays.
Glasgow underground is very regular and gets u places fast but it only covers a very small part of Glasgow mainly central parts. Only one complete loop so your less likely to get lost as there are only two lines outer and inner circle. The underground is known as the clockwork orange locally. Just one thing though if using the underground to Buchanan street for a connecting bus service it is important to note that the station does not come out at the bus station it is a 5-10 min walk from station. (up hill behind concert hall). One more thing it is also cheap.
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Glasgow's Tiny Underground
Like most Metros, I'd be uncomfortable travelling alone at night.
This picture shows the entrance at Queens Street, middle of the day. Not used much, which is a pity since the roads are congested and fumes pollute the air.
I think it needs investment, but the Council probably have many other projects too.
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The Glasgow Underground
Glasgow has a very convenient circular routed underground system, very convenient, to get to the outer susburbs there are very convenient and inexpensive local commuter trains from the Central or Queens St. Station.
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Around the city
There are plenty of buses for the main part of the city, although we preferred to walk. Most of the main sites are within the city centre or in the West End.
There is also an underground that is fairly convenient.
Getting to Glasgow - all roads...
Getting to Glasgow - all roads lead to Glasgow!
From Europe there are lots of discount flights with Go, Ryanair and EasyJet
From England just head North you can go from London on the bus for £25 or the train for £20
To get around Glasgow centre your best bet is by foot..
One of the other tourist attractions in Glasgow, especially for people who have visted London is the tube! Rather than it being a complicated affair, it is two circles stopping at exactly the same stops in different directions!! It is about quarter of the size of the London Underground in terms of carriages and looks rather like a long orange snake!! - It also costs a lot less, only 90pence to anywhere. You have to try it - a great game is the tube pub crawl where you can drink in a pub at everystop - gets a bit dodgy around Ibrox though.
Glasgow's sub crawl
Glasgow's toytown subway has one line that loops around 15 stations. One of old Cliffie's dafter achievements was to complete the 'sub crawl', a pub crawl which involves stopping at each station on the loop to have a beer in the nearest pub. Old Cliffie and his mates ended the evening over an Indian curry - quite literally in wee Jimmy's case as he pitched head first into his plate. Like bungee jumping, the 'sub crawl' is one of those accomplishments that it is better to have done than to do.
Glasgow has a small underground rail system, serving mostly the central areas. Other parts of the city have a good bus and overground rail service.
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