Glasgow is easily accessible by air, road, and rail, and has an excellent, easy to use transport network to help delegates explore the city. There are several daily scheduled flights into and out of Glasgow International Airport from major British and European cities, as well as from other airports in Asia, Africa, Australia and the US.
Glasgow International Airport is eight miles from the city centre on the motorway network. A frequent bus service runs between the airport and Buchanan Bus Station, which is only a five minute walk from the University. Prestwick Airport is forty miles from the city with a direct rail link to Central Railway Station, only a fifteen minute walk from the university. Serviced largely by budget airline Ryanair, Prestwick Airport offers cost effective air travel into Glasgow. Edinburgh Airport is just an hour's drive away and also offers a wide choice of flights.
ENTRY INTO THE UK: Citizens of most European countries do not require visas to enter the UK. If you are unsure whether you will need a visa, please visit www.ukvisas.gov.uk. The Conference Administrator can provide you with an official invitation letter to assist with your application.
TRAVEL AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Glasgow is near to three major airports (Glasgow International (10 miles), Glasgow Prestwick (25 miles) and Edinburgh International (40 miles).
Glasgow International Airport
Tel: 0870 040008
Glasgow International Airport is located eight miles from Glasgow City Centre. Delegates can take a taxi into the city centre. The taxi pick-up point is located outside the Domestic Arrivals area of the terminal. The approximate cost to city centre will be £18 and the journey time is around twenty minutes.
Alternatively, an express coach service runs from outside the terminal building (Bus Stop Bays 1 and 2). There are frequent services to Glasgow city centre operated by Citylink and Fairline as a combined service 905. All services have drop off points at various locations in the city including close to Glasgow Central and Queen Street railway stations and at Buchanan bus station. Single fare to the city centre is £3.30 and £5.00 return. The approximate journey time from the airport to city centre by bus is 25 minutes. The city centre bus stops have an airport logo. There will be a convention service centre desk at the airport to welcome and assist you with your onward travel.
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport
Tel: 01292 511000
Glasgow Prestwick airport is situated 22 miles south-west of the University. There is a railway station at the airport, and an airport bus service to the city centre.
Glasgow Central Station is a key hub in the national rail network. A bus service operates from Gordon Street at the front of the station, to Glasgow Queen Street Station and Buchanan Bus Station.
Glasgow Queen Street Station is the second main line station situated in the city centre, as well as providing excellent links to areas in and around Greater Glasgow. Intercity links to all major UK cities. There are frequent services to Edinburgh (50 minutes) and London (5 hours).
For information on rail travel within the United Kingdom, contact the 24-hour National Rail Enquiries Line on 08457 484950, (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/), , or contact individual rail operators to book tickets on-line, at: Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) (www.gner.co.uk), Virgin Trains (www.virgintrains.co.uk), Railtrack (www.railtrack.co.uk), ScotRail (www. Scotrail.co.uk, The Trainline (www.thetrainline.com and BritRail (www.britrail.net).
Coach Travel: National Express www.nationalexpress.com 08705 80 80 80
Buchanan Bus Station (www.spt.co.uk/buchananbusstation) is the main terminus for long distance coaches.
Road: There are excellent road links to Glasgow. Just follow the directions below. Remember to leave plenty of time for your journey, as traffic can be heavy at peak times.
From England and the south: Via the M6 and M74 (A74) motorways. Leave the M74 Junction 4 to join the M73 Junction 1. Leave the M73 Junction 2 to join the M8 Junction 8 westbound. Exit the M8 Junction 15 for the John Anderson Campus.
From Stirling and the north: Via the M9, M80 (A80) and M8 motorways. Traffic from Fife should follow signs for the Kincardine Bridge and then join the M876. Leave the M8 Junction 15 for the John Anderson Campus.
From Edinburgh and the east: Via the M8 motorway. East Lothian and Northumberland traffic on the A1 should take the A720 Edinburgh City By-pass to join the M8. Tyneside traffic should take the A69 Carlisle Road and join the M6 at Junction 44, the intersection with the A74 (M) northbound, then M73 and M8. Leave the M8 Junction 15 for the John Anderson Campus.
Both the AA (Automobile Association) - http://www.theaa.com/, and the RAC - http://www.rac.co.uk/, offer detailed route planning services.
TRANSPORT WITHIN GLASGOW
Buses: Many routes serve the city centre. Numerous other routes serve Dumbarton Road, Great Western Road and Byres Road. A seasonal tourist bus runs from George Square and provides a open-top bus ride around the city.
Underground: The nearest underground station located at Glasgow Queen Street rail station, and travels to the south and west of the City.
Local trains: The nearest suburban rail station is Glasgow Queen Street, about five minutes walk from the Concern .
For trains operating in and around Glasgow go to www.firstscotrail.com.
Black taxi cabs can be picked up at most times in the city centre. To book a licensed taxi, call 0141 429 7070 or go to www.glasgowtaxisltd.co.uk.