Rich cultural city
Once crowned the European City of Culture, Glasgow is rich in history and culture. there are many internationally acclaimed galleries, museums, and an architecture combined with diverse bars, restaurants and a lively nightlife.
Climate, festivals and holidays
Visitors can expect cool, cloudy winters and some unsettled weather during the summer. The best time to travel to Glasgow is between March and May as the weather is often pleasantly mild. In June, Glasgow hosts a Jazz Festival and a West End festival. Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year festival equivalent takes place on December 31st each year.
Things to know before your Glasgow trip
Guest accommodation in Glasgow is typically cheaper than in the nearby capital, Edinburgh, located approximately 1 hour away. Accommodation prices fluctuate depending upon major concerts and football matches being played.
Car parking in the inner city is generally limited and charges are approximately 40p for 12 minutes.
The average price for a standard restaurant meal is around £10 with beers costing approximately £3 each.
Local Glasgow transport and accommodation
Two airports serve Glasgow, with Glasgow International being the more frequently used. It is possible to book an inexpensive shuttle journey for approximately £5 from Glasgow International to the city centre. The bus 747 route is slightly cheaper at around £4 per ticket. The cheapest way to travel between the airport and the city centre is also the slowest option and requires both train and bus journeys. Each single journey costs about £3.50.
Travellers landing at Prestwick airport can get a direct connection by train from the airport station to Glasgow's Central station. The journey takes approximately ¾ of an hour and tickets can be bought for £3.50 upon the production of a flight ticket.
Once in Glasgow, travellers may purchase a 1 day travel card for use on buses. Glasgow also has an underground system that you may purchase 1 day travel cards for. A standard single journey ticket can cost as little as £1.60. Combined day bus and underground tickets can be purchased for around £11.50. Taxi fares starting rates are usually around £3 with £1 charges for each additional km travelled.
Budget hostels can be booked for around £10 if staying in shared rooms. Double rooms in mid-range hotels can cost as little as £25. 3 star hotel rooms are slightly more expensive at around £50 per room.