Travel to Glasgow for WBC 2020

Glasgow has three airports within 1 hour of the Scottish Exhibition Campus (SEC) and two main line railway stations as well as its own station. There are also a series of possible “hub” airports.

Direct Airports:

The direct airports are Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick and Edinburgh.

Glasgow International: 

15 minutes by taxi to SEC. White taxis found outside the airport building have fixed price to the centre of Glasgow, currently £22.

Glasgow Airport Express service is operated by First Glasgow, runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to Buchanan Bus Station. From the airport, catch the Airport Express from Stance 1.

In the city, this service picks-up and drops-off at St Vincent Street (near Central Station), George Square (near Queen Street Station), and thus both close to many hotels.

Direct flights to Glasgow can be seen via the Destinations Map, just click here. This also includes 4 US cities (New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida), 3 Canadian cities (Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax) and Dubai.

Glasgow Prestwick: 

50 Minutes by coach to Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow.

Mainly tourist flights, but destinations include Barcelona, Pisa, Rome and Rzeszow.

Edinburgh:

50 Minutes by coach to Buchanan Bus Station Glasgow or Tram to Edinburgh Haymarket station and then train to Glasgow Queen’s Street station.

Edinburgh Airport has more destinations than Glasgow, including more “low cost airlines”. This includes most European countries, 5 US cities (New York, Washington, Orlando, Chicago and Providence) plus Toronto, Canada and Beijing, China. 

Please click here to view a full list of the destinations.

Hub Airports:

Most people assume you need to change at the London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted etc) to get to Scotland. However, there are some less stressful options (and, except the Manchester flights, passport control is at Glasgow airport so normally reasonably fast):

Manchester Airport: 

Manchester has a large international list of destinations.

Either plane to Glasgow Airport OR direct train to Glasgow Central Station, takes about 3 ½ hours with direct trains every 2 hours, trains with one change every other hour.

Amsterdam Airport:

Amsterdam also has  huge international list of destinations.

3 or 4 KLM planes per day to Glasgow Airport plus various low cost airlines. While you are there if you have time to spend don’t forget the Airport Museum (an annex to the Rijksmuseum)

Dubai Airport:

Emirates fly direct to Glasgow once or twice per day.

Coming from Australia, New Zealand Africa and Far East this is a good option. 7½ to 8 hours flight time to Glasgow.

Reykjavík Airport:

Icelandic Airlines has one flight a day directly to Glasgow, less than 2½ hours flying time, with connections to multiple US and Canadian cities.

Trains:

Glasgow has two major stations Glasgow Central (Glaschu Mheadhain in Gaelic) and Glasgow Queen Street (Sràid na Banrighinn in Gaelic).

Various methods of booking trains such as The Train Line and Scot Rail has its own website which allow searching of trains, time and booking tickets through the UK.

Glasgow Central:

Trains from England and south and west Scotland. Direct trains from Euston station in London, once per hour between 5.30 and 19.30 taking 4½ hours and then the sleeper leaving just before midnight and arriving in time for breakfast.

The sleeper MUST be booked ahead and new trains are due in late 2018/early 2019.

For further details on sleeper trains please click here.

Glasgow Queen Street:

Trains from north and east Scotland and local trains including to Exhibition Centre.

Exhibition Centre:

The SEC’s own station. Trains via Glasgow Queen Street to Glasgow Central to Exhibition Centre and then on through western Glasgow and out beside the Clyde River to the sea, multiple times per hour.