On foot

Most of the city`s sights are located in a three-mile-long, one-and-a-half-mile-wide area on the northern bank of the River Clyde called the West End and the city center. The majority of the streets in this area are designed in a grid format, making it easy to navigate the city on foot.

By the Glasgow Subway and commuter rail

The Glasgow Subway is comprised of fifteen stations (running through the West End, the city center, and the area south of the River Clyde), operated by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). The stations are interconnected by two separate lines. One runs clockwise and one runs counterclockwise. Adults can ride all day on one fare for under £5; a small fee (less than £1) will be charged if you buy your ticket with a credit or debit card.

Commuter rail in Scotland is run by ScotRail, and can take you from Glasgow Central station or Glasgow Queen Street station to smaller cities and towns that would be harder to reach on foot, such as Stirling and Kilmarnock. For more information, visit

By bus

Bus routes in Glasgow are run by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). The main bus station in the city center is Buchanan Street, where dozens of buses drop off and pick up passengers daily. This bus station services the Glasgow metropolitan area, the rest of Scotland, and England as far south as London. To read more about the routes servicing Buchanan Street station, visit

By taxi

Taxis are ubiquitous in Glasgow and it is very easy to hail one in the street. Simply wave your hand in the air from the sidewalk and the taxi driver will stop to pick you up. In the city center, taxi stands are located at Buchanan Street bus station and at Glasgow Central and Queen Street train stations. Just stand in line for the next available cab and take one when it is your turn. Fares average £3 per mile.

By bicycle

Ever since Glasgow won the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, city leaders have acknowledged the importance of promoting cycling, both as a sport and as a mode of transport. More seasoned cyclists will love the state-of-the-art Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the East End, and more casual cyclists can try their hand at one of ten cycle routes planned by the city`s tourism board itself (

Nextbike has partnered with the City of Glasgow to provide 400 bikes at 43 locations throughout the city. Just use the Nextbike Android or iPhone app on your phone, pay the fee (upwards of £10 for a leisurely afternoon), and pedal off to wherever you like.

By car

Many of the major car rental companies (Thrifty, Europcar, Budget, etc.) are represented both at Glasgow Airport and in the Glasgow city center. Daily rentals are competitively priced in the £10-£15 range. Due to the short distances between landmarks and the extensive Subway and rail network in and around Glasgow, cars are only recommended if you wish to take a day trip more than 30 miles away from the city center. Parking lots are plentiful but only a fraction of them are free.

Note: Pay special attention to following the local driving laws, which will be different from the ones you know at home. Scotland, along with the rest of Great Britain, drives on the left side of the road, with the steering wheel on the right side of the car. U.S. driver`s licenses are valid for 12 months after the traveler's last entry into Great Britain.