Glasgow - musical city
Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and a UNESCO City of Music, an honour it shares with both Bologna and Seville. The host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow has become a cultural centre and one of the UK's most visited cities.
Choose when to travel to Glasgow
Winters in Glasgow are notoriously chilly and lacking in sunlight, while the weather in summer can be unpredictable, ranging from hot sun to showers and gales. From March to May the climate is generally mild and pleasant. Glasgow welcomes a Jazz Festival and the West End Festival in June, and is famed for it's Hogmanay celebrations on 31st December.
Helpful information before you travel
Holiday accommodation is generally cheaper than in Edinburgh, and certainly than the rest of the UK, although prices do go up during special events like concerts and football matches being held in the city. A basic meal out costs about £10 and a pint of beer is about £3. Car hire facilities are available in Glasgow, but parking in the city centre is very limited, and costs about 40p for a little over 10 minutes.
Glasgow - local information
Glasgow is served by two airports, Glasgow International Airport, which is 8 miles outside the city centre, and Glasgow Prestwick, which is 50km away. Travellers arriving at Glasgow International Airport can take Glasgow Shuttle bus 500 direct to the centre of the city for about £5 one way. Alternatively, the 747 First bus costs about £4 into town, and the cheapest option is the local bus number 66 from Paisley Gilmore Street; single tickets cost about £3.50. If arriving at Glasgow Prestwick, hop on the direct train to Glasgow Central, which takes around 45 minutes and costs £3.50 with a plane ticket or boarding card. When no trains are available, take bus X77 instead.
To get around once you reach the city centre, a one day travelcard on the bus costs about £4.50, or it's around £4 for a day's travel on Glasgow's underground. A combined ticket for buses and trains is about £11.50 for the day. If you prefer to travel by taxi, rates start at about £3, and then £1 per km thereafter. From the centre of town to the West End should cost about £5 - £6.