Major information not much checked since June 1999 (though last changed
15 May 2013)
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Steve Draper, installed at http://www.psy.gla.ac.uk/~steve/dirs/toglasgow.html
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Web site logical path:
[Inside Glasgow and the campus]
Similar / rival sites by:
[the Geography dept.]
How to get to Glasgow
University's advice on getting here.
(A simple map)
(UK travel guide).
(Glasgow weather 2)
(Scenery / pictures)
(Information about the city, not just how to get here:
(Scottish tourism web links:
Highlands tourist board
(Current webcam picture of the city) or
(West of Scotland webcams)
My advice (out of date)
but when you reach Glasgow go not to Strathclyde university, but to Glasgow
Be aware that there are now a huge range of prices particularly on the
London-Glasgow route (about 10:1 from cheapest to most expensive "standard"
fare), and that rail and air prices from London now overlap a lot. For
instance, a regular train fare single is now considerably more than even the
more expensive single fares on easyJet (even after adding airport tax and the
rail connection Luton-London). However, booking special fares early gets
some very cheap prices on both rail and air. The coach is even cheaper.
Phone 0990 808080 or
for National Express coaches.
Rather you than me.
By the way, enquiries about buses anywhere in the UK is through "Travel
link" on 08706 082608
By railway train
Get a train to either of the two big railway stations (Glasgow Central,
Glasgow Queen Street). These are in the middle of town, about 2 miles from
the University. Travel time from London in the 5 to 6.5 hour range.
Phone 08457 484950 or use one of the timetables now on the web:
the German one
(also has all UK data, and in some ways a better interface).
You can also
buy railway tickets online
Don't forget to consider a sleeper.
The basic idea is to fly to
(not Prestwick), which is a 15 minute (about £15)
taxi ride from either the university or the city centre.
Currently (June 1999) there are:
- An hourly air service 7am-9pm from
(West; 15 min. train to Paddington, Underground service, M25, M4; accessible
- Direct flights from the other London airports:
Cheapest is probably EasyJet from Luton, and a good rail connection from
central London makes it quite fast and convenient.
summary of London airports is here and
a map of them is here.)
- Direct flights from Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands,
Leeds, Manchester, Plymouth, Southampton.
- Direct flights from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, and some other European cities.
- Some direct flights from North America (New York, Toronto); and
supposedly good connections via Reykjavik (Iceland)
by Icelandair (phone 0171 388 5599).
- And of course to/from more interesting places in Scotland e.g. Shetland.
Prestwick airport also
is 32 miles from Glasgow. There is a fast train service that takes 45 mins to
the centre of Glasgow.
Flights to Stansted, Paris, Dublin, Boston, New York and others.
There are in general no flights to Edinburgh you want to use to get to
There is a timetable by BAA of ALL flights to/from Glasgow and this is
important as airlines try to conceal better flights their competitors offer.
It doesn't seem to be online, but it is free (try 0845 775 775 7).
0870 607 0555
0845 77 333 77
0870 600 0000
Go 0870 607 654 3
Cheap flights: probably more use
(There are other airlines on the web: search for them yourself.)
Staying the night (or not)
First flights (from Heathrow) in the morning can get you here for a 9am
meeting unless they are more delayed than usual. But it is not relaxing
because of how early you have to get up to catch the flight, the way they are
crowded with others (this is rush hour on this route), and the almost universal
air traffic delays (same reason).
The last flight leaves Glasgow at 9:40pm, so you can always manage that. Last
London trains however leave at 6pm (8pm on Friday and Saturday), which may not
suit you. Another option is to get a railway sleeper one or both ways: use the
train as a hotel.
There are very acceptable Bed and Breakfast places within yards of the
university, or in the university itself: visitors speak well of both.
(Prices from £38.) Phone 0141 334 5385 either to book the university
places, or ask for a faxed list of local accommodation.
A big list of Glasgow hotels etc..
Here is one a few yards from the university, and spoken very well of by a
visitor in July 2001:
The Heritage hotel.
the Scottish Tourist board's list.