Post-industrial Glasgow is a vibrant cultural hub, filled with unique spots to shop, drink and dine as you would nowhere else. It takes little more than 45 minutes to reach Glasgow from Edinburgh by train, and it’s just as easy to reach the city from other parts of the UK. Direct trains to Glasgow depart from a wide variety of cities, thanks to its convenient position on both the UK’s West and East Coast mainlines.
There are two main train stations in Glasgow, which are both centrally located, just a 15-minute walk apart. Glasgow Central Station is where most intercity services arrive, including direct train services from England, from as far south as Plymouth. Trains from Edinburgh and other Scottish cities like Aberdeen and Dundee most frequently arrive at Glasgow Queen Street Station. Both are big, busy stations with a variety of shopping outlets, restaurants and amenities on-site.
Virgin Trains offers a direct, hourly train service from London Euston to Glasgow Central, passing Birmingham. TransPennine Express offers a convenient service to Manchester Airport via Manchester center, which departs every two hours. Other long-distance trains are provided by CrossCountry, which travels via Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds among others. London North Eastern Railway also offers a daily service from London which passes York and Newcastle. Meanwhile, Scotrail offers cheap trains to Glasgow from a variety of Scottish cities.
It’s surprisingly inexpensive to travel by train in Scotland. Cheap trains to Glasgow are available not only from Edinburgh, but also from Aberdeen and from popular tourist destinations like Ayr. Not to mention, traveling by train is the quickest and most relaxing way to get around, without the stress of driving or traffic. Glasgow is always convenient to reach by train, even from beyond Scotland, thanks to its position on two UK railway mainlines.
Glasgow may be famous for its clubbing scene, but for a quieter evening or afternoon, the city offers several special craft breweries, cocktail bars and even a distillery. Visit Drygate Brewery, Clydeside Distillery and Kelvingrove Cafe for three different takes on Glasgow tipples. Each is easy to get to via local bus or on the Glasgow subway, which serves the city center and is very budget-friendly with a Subway Smartcard.