Getting to Glasgow

Buying in Bulk

You can save money by clubbing together with other Unins to bulk buy tickets. We've produced a guide on this and are signposting Unions who are bulk buying. Find out more on this page

Rail Travel to Glasgow

There are two train stations in Glasgow. Glasgow Central is the link to stations in England and Wales. Glasgow Queen Street serves central and northern Scotland. Average times from across the UK are:


Average Journey Time


4 hours 10 mins


4 hours


3 hours 30 mins


3 hours 40 mins


3 hours 30 mins


50 mins

Plan your Journey on the National Rail Website

We strongly recommend booking your trains as far in advance as possible, especially if you are travelling a long distance. This will significantly reduce transport costs for your delegation.

We aren’t able to advise specifically when you should be looking for advance tickets as different train companies release tickets at different times. For the routes to Glasgow tickets become available up to 24 weeks before the date of travel. You can check to see when advance tickets are available on this page of the National Rail Enquiries website. Depending on the route and time of travel advance tickets can be available event up to a week before you travel so it is always worth checking even if you are booking very close to the date of Conference.

You will also be able to save money with Railcards so you should check if your delegation has railcards before booking them. Railcards usually give 1/3 off the price of a ticket on off peak services. More information can be found at

Travelling off peak will also save money so you may want to consider booking night before accommodation for your delegation in order for them to travel to the conference off peak. If your journey is partly peak and partly off peak you should consider buying separate tickets so that you only pay peak fares for the part of your journey that is in a peak time.

There are lots of tips for saving money on train fares on the moneysavingexpert website

Don’t forget that your NUS Extra Card entitles you to discounts with train operating companies and on the cost of a 16-25 Railcard. More information about NUS Extra travel discounts can be found here

Coach Travel to Glasgow

Several coach companies run services to Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station from stations across the UK. More information can be found on the SPT website

In addition there is a megabus service that goes to Glasgow city centre.

Again, as with train tickets, we strongly advise you book your tickets as far in advance as is possible. May coach companies run offers and deals for Coach travel in advance of travel dates so it is worth checking with the coach companies.

In addition, some Coach companies have young persons’ coach cards. Discounts on coach tickets are available with your NUS Extra Card more information here.

Flights to Glasgow

The closest airport to Glasgow is Glasgow Airport (GLA) and serves many international destinations. The main airport for European cities and budget airlines is Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK). Prestwick has its own train station. There are 3 trains per hour on weekdays and the journey to Glasgow Central Station takes around 50 minutes. There is an early morning and late evening express bus service, the X99/X100, which takes an hour. You can book tickets here: Express Bus Service

More information about air travel to Glasgow can be found here

Ferries to Scotland

Ferry services run regularly from Ireland to the South West of Scotland and the crossing takes approximately two hours. From here you can get an onward connection to Glasgow.

Citylink operate a a bus service (the 923) from Belfast to Glasgow which connects with the Stena Line service at Cairnryan. More information on this service is here

From Europe ferries connect at Hull and Nwecastle where you can get connecting trains through to Glasgow.

More information about Ferry services to Scotland can be found here

Driving to the SEC

Leave the M8 at junction 19 and join the westbound Clydeside Expressway (A814). Westbound on the Expressway (A814) take the cut off for the campus. Turn left at traffic lights and take the right lane to access multi-storey parking. View a map and directions.

Scotland has an extensive motorway network. Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh by the M8 and England via the M74. The M80 connects Stirling to Glasgow, while the M77 connects us to the west coast of Scotland.

Traffic Scotland provides up to date traffic and roadworks information.

The postcode for your satnav is G3 8YW.