Scotland's largest city has a huge amount to offer visitors all year round. Its buzzing night life and live entertainment scene along with its array of museums, galleries and architecture combine to attract tourists from around the world.
The weather in Glasgow can be cold in winter and unsettled in summer, but March to May are usually mild and pleasant, and the city remains an attractive year-round destination thanks to its roster of festivals such as the Jazz Festival and West End Festival in June, and Hogmanay on 31st December.
Accommodation in Glasgow generally costs less than in Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, but visitors can expect hotel prices to rise whenever the city is hosting a major football match. Parking in the inner city is limited, and charges can mount up over a stay at approx. 40 pence for 12 minutes.
Glasgow is served by two airports. Glasgow International Airport is situated just 8 miles west of the city centre. From there, visitors can catch the Glasgow Shuttle bus 500 into the city (a single ticket costs roughly £5), or the 747 operated by First Route (approximately £4). A cheaper but slower third option is to take the local bus 66, then a train from Paisley Gilmour Street, with prices at around £3.50.[/p]
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 50 km south of central Glasgow. Direct trains into the city take 45 minutes and cost around £3.50 for travellers in possession of a flight ticket or boarding card. X77 also operates a direct bus service from airport station into Glasgow.
For getting around Glasgow, taxis start at roughly £3. A trip from the centre of town to West End should cost around £5-£6. One day travelcards for the bus and the underground are available at a cost of roughly £4.50 and £4 respectively, and it's also possible to buy combined tickets for the bus and underground, as well as various daytripper tickers.
Prices for accommodation in Glasgow begin from around £10 per night for a bed in a hostel, rising to approximately £25 for a double room in a mid-range hotel, up to £50 or so for a double in a 3 star hotel.