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As the saying goes with Glasgow, “4 seasons in one day,” tells you what to expect weather-wise in this area of Scotland. Weather is often favourable, but can quickly go from rain and clouds to bright and sunny. When looking for the best time to travel to Glasgow, spring offers plenty of festivals, art, and comedy shows. March and April host the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. Summer brings out the jazz festivals and piping, while fall features red leaves and the Glasgay! Festival. Temperatures in the summer average 20 degrees Celsius, while winter months see 5 degrees Celsius and snow. Spring and fall temperatures range from 8 – 15 degrees Celsius, but there is also a lot of rain.
Several buses go from Glasgow Airport to city centre via Buchanan Street. For a direct ride, take Airport Express Service 500. This bus operates 24 hours a day from Stance 1. The fare is £7.50 GBP per person, and the bus departs every 10 minutes.
The nearest train station is at Paisley Gilmour Street. You will need to take Bus McGill 757 to the train station. UK visitors can purchase a BritRail Central Scotland Pass for £40 GBP for adults and is valid for 3 days or a single ride will cost you £3.50 GBP.
Walking from Glasgow Airport is best done through the footpath network. Download the app from WalkIt.com, and you will find the path to city centre.
Taxis are in front of the main terminal 24 hours a day. Only an official Glasgow Airport Taxi can pick up passengers at terminal doors. Taxi fares cost approximately £32 GBP to city centre.
Glasgow is big on walking; therefore, you will see signs and walking paths throughout the city. Use the Glasgow Walking app developed by the city for historic routes and hidden paths.
The subway runs from the city centre to the western end of the city. It runs every 5 minutes during peak travel times and takes 24 minutes to circle the city centre. Tickets start at approximately £1.40 GBP per trip. You can purchase a Smartcard for the subway which offers better rates.
The ScotRail has 110 stations and travels from Glasgow Central Station to Glasgow Queen Street Station. It mainly operates in Northern Scotland and Edinburgh, and the fares vary depending on where you are travelling in the country.
Taxis are easy to use, and the drivers are friendly. Look for the black cabs with “Glasgow Taxis” on them. You can flag one on the street or book a taxi ahead of time. The normal tariff starts at approximately £3 GBP.
The City Sightseeing bus is an open-top tour bus of the downtown area. It has 21 stops running every 10 minutes during the summer and every 15 minutes in autumn. It is a hop-on-hop-off service and tickets are purchased in 1 or 2-day passes for approximately £13 – £15 GBP for adults and £7 – £8 GBP for children.
Nextbike Glasgow offers 400 bikes for hire in 43 different locations scattered throughout the city centre. Rental rates start at £1 GBP per 30 minutes and £1 GBP for every additional 30 minutes. If you rent for 5 – 24 hours, you will pay £10 GBP.
There is tons to see and do in Glasgow, so you might feel overwhelmed trying to fit it all into a single day. First, start with the historic buildings, such as the local museums and art galleries. Then tour the City Chambers and the majestic Glasgow Cathedral. If you are a football fan, visit the Hampden Experience for a behind-the-scenes look. Also, the Willow Tea Rooms, the Lighthouse, and the House for an Art Lover are fun places to visit. The Hard Rock Café is always lively and a great place to catch dinner. The Glasgow Science Centre is fun for children, while the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery offer breathtaking exhibitions. If you are a fan of whiskey, hop over to the Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery and the Glengoyne Distillery.
Be prepared for all types of weather during your visit. Bring a set of clothing for every season, and make sure you have an umbrella for the unexpected rainstorm.
A Scottish meal is delicious and something you must experience. Everything from haggis to tatties and neeps is traditional Scottish fare that tourists must try. Also visit the local tea houses for traditional afternoon tea served in style.
Vehicles in City Centre
Glasgow promotes walking and cycling over driving. Therefore, the city centre is mostly closed off to vehicles. If you want to explore most of the city, but do not want to walk, rent a bike.
The Scottish Midge
You will notice small flying insects which are known as the Highland or Scottish Midge. They are persistent, like mosquitoes, and found in swarms and damp conditions. Buy a repellent from a local pharmacy so that they do not have the opportunity to bother you.