view of the river Clyde

Trains to Glasgow


Glasgow is a beautiful place inside and out. Voted as one of the world’s friendliest cities, prepare to be immersed in the beautiful Victorian architecture and Art Nouveau buildings designed by Glasgow’s own Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Popular Routes to Glasgow

The two main railway stations are Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street.

Glasgow Central serves those entering and leaving the city. 

Glasgow Queen Street is great for connections to Greater Glasgow’s suburban towns and areas. 

The most popular services to and from Glasgow operate from the following stations:  



Average Travel Time*

London Euston


4 h 45 min

Kings Cross St Pancras


4 h 45 min



4 h

Birmingham New Street


4 h

Manchester Piccadilly


3 h 20 min

Bristol Temple Meads


6 h



8 h

* Please note journey times are based on average and may vary depending on the rail provider and time of travel


Cheap Tickets to Glasgow


With a bit of planning, buying tickets in advance can save you a pretty pound, but you can also save money on booking fees if you purchase tickets directly from National Rail. 

If the travel bug has you travelling a lot then a Railcard might be worth your while! Railcards offer value for money if you travel by train, saving you at least 1/3 on most rail fares. 

The Railcards available include:


  • 16-25 Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  • Family & Friends Railcard
  • Senior Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • 26-30 Railcard

Visit the Railcard Website and buy a Railcard Now!

You may also want to check out our Regional Railcards to see if there are discounts for travelling to and from where you are. 




Under 5 Travel free, accompanied by a fare-paying passenger.
5-15 Are eligible for a 50% discount on most tickets, though proof of age will need to be carried where appropriate.
16-17 Saver Like a Railcard but with bigger discounts for anyone aged 16 or 17.

When in Glasgow


There are a lot of sites that are free to visit, Kelvingrove Museum is a great place to explore if you’re in Glasgow for a flying visit, or step into a surviving piece of history in the form of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, which is just a 10-minute walk from Central and Queen Street station.

If you fancy going somewhere a little greener, Greenbank Garden is an 18th century garden 6 miles from the centre of Glasgow, where the gardens are open all year round and choc-full of plants to inspire those with a green thumb. 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an influential architect, designer and artist who took inspiration from his Scottish roots, Art Nouveau and the simplicity of Japanese forms. Hill House being one of his and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh’s, greatest work was designed from the outside in - from the building, furniture right down to the textiles and is worth a visit to experience the iconic ‘Glasgow style’.

Culture in Glasgow is very much alive, having been named one of UK’s top cultural and creative cities and home to some of the UK’s oldest theatres. Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is a collaborative effort between sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovsaya and light and sound director Sergey Jakovsky and is one of the most unique Glasgow has to offer with an impressive collection of performing kinetic sculptures.



When it comes to grabbing a bite to eat, your taste buds won’t be bored. Whether you’re after a mac and cheese pie (a Scottish speciality), something vegan or somewhere special to celebrate, Glasgow has a fantastic selection of cuisines to suit all budgets, tastes and occasions.

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Last updated:   11 October 2021