Enjoy your journey from Birmingham to Glasgow when you travel with CrossCountry. Book Advance tickets even on the day, up until 15 minutes before departure.
Trains depart from Birmingham New Street and arrive into Glasgow Central, going up through the top of England into Scotland. Most trains take around four hours; however, there are a few journeys that can take longer.
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Travelling to Glasgow
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Travelling from Birmingham to Glasgow
Glasgow has transformed in the past decade and is now a bustling and vibrant city. It’s the perfect base to start an adventure around Scotland, as well as an ideal weekend break from Birmingham. There’s plenty to keep you busy, from the unique culture and stunning architecture to the cool music venues and diverse culinary scene.
Are there direct trains from Birmingham to Glasgow?
Yes, you can travel directly from Birmingham to Glasgow with CrossCountry.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Birmingham to Glasgow?
Your journey from Birmingham to Glasgow is made easy and comfortable with our onboard amenities. Choose a table seat so you can sit with your group, make sure your technology doesn’t run out of battery with plug sockets, and enjoy plenty of leg room with your bags safely stored in the luggage space. Meanwhile, get various food and drink options with our at-seat refreshments service. If you’d prefer a more luxurious experience, check out our First Class tickets.
Does Glasgow Central have step-free access?
Glasgow Central Station has lots of step-free access for those who need it. With ramps, lifts, and staff who can assist you on any part of your journey, your experience will be a pleasant one. Please note that the Union Street exit is not step-free, whilst all other exits are.
How far is the city centre?
Glasgow Central is in the heart of the city - a stone’s throw from attractions, hotels and dining options.
Does the station have family areas?
Glasgow Central is well-equipped for families. It has baby changing facilities, waiting rooms and left luggage facilities to ensure you have a pleasant stay.
Our station guide has even more information about Glasgow Central.
Once you have arrived in Glasgow
Onward Travel: Taxis, Buses and Subways in Glasgow
Glasgow has great public transport that is easy to navigate around the city and further afield. Its subway allows you to travel around the city centre and West End. Alternatively, you can catch a bus around the city or into the suburbs. The City Sightseeing Bus is also a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the attractions with its hop on, hop off service.
If you’d prefer to travel directly, there are plenty of taxi ranks dotted around the city, including outside of Glasgow Central. You can also book a private taxi in advance.
Shopping in Glasgow
If you’re looking to shop ‘til you drop, Glasgow has lots of options. The Style Mile has the largest density of shops outside of London – there are over 200 shops and the best thing is that most of them are open until 7pm. From famous high-street brands to independent boutiques, Glasgow’s Style Mile has it all.
For something a little different, head to Dowanside Lane and Ruthven Lane in The West End. Known as Glasgow’s version of Aladdin’s Cove, weave your way through these cobbled winding streets in search of a unique purchase.
Culture in Glasgow
With museums, art galleries and excellent music venues, Glasgow is not one to disappoint culture vultures.
Treat yourself to a well-earned drink at one of many whisky distilleries. Or, appreciate the reason that Glasgow was made a UNESCO City of Music – head to a show at one of the legendary music venues like King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and Barrowland Ballroom.
With countless pubs, restaurants, take-aways and cafés dotted around the centre, it’s hard to avoid the culinary delights that Glasgow produces. Try a mac n cheese pie or a tattie scone for some local delicacies!
Whatever you decide to do, Glasgow can be a truly delightful city break or a great first stop on your tour of Scotland.
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