Trains in the UK are a convenient and efficient way to travel, with a variety of companies offering both domestic and international train routes. Scotland's largest city has two main stations within a 15-minute walk of each other in the center. Glasgow Central station is the terminus for services from England on the West Coast mainline, provided by Virgin Trains and TransPennine Express, and via Edinburgh on the East Coast mainline, provided by CrossCountry and London North Eastern Railway (LNER). ScotRail trains from Ayrshire and the south-west of Scotland also arrive at Central station. Queen Street station is the destination for Scotrail's frequent trains to Glasgow from Edinburgh, the same operator's services from Aberdeen and the north-east, and West Highland line trains from Oban, Fort William and Mallaig. Both stations are well-served by city buses, low level suburban trains and the Glasgow Subway. Central station is close to St. Enoch Subway station, while Queen Street station is adjacent to the Buchanan Street Subway stop. Night buses from Renfield Street are within a five minute walk of either station. Both stations also have taxi ranks.
Once one of the great cities of the Empire, renowned for its industry and shipbuilding, Glasgow is now settling into a new identity as a bustling post-industrial hub for culture and commerce. It deserves its reputation as Scotland's shopping capital, with designer stores around the Merchant City just a short step from traditional street markets like the Barras, where visitors hunt for vintage treasures. Cultural highlights include the elegant halls of the Kelvingrove Museum in the West End and the eclectic exhibits in the Burrell Collection, housed in a parkland venue to the south of the city. Glaswegian nightlife remains vibrant, creative and fresh, with a live music scene unrivaled in Scotland. Glasgow is also beginning to shake off the old image of traditional Scottish cuisine and develop an acclaimed international restaurant scene.