Enjoy your journey from Bristol to Glasgow when you travel with CrossCountry. Book Advance tickets even on the day, available up to 15 minutes before departure.
Depending on which train you choose, most journeys from Bristol to Glasgow take 6-7 hours. Some differ in length depending on the route and connections, so ensure you check which you’d prefer before booking.
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Travelling to Glasgow
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Travelling from Bristol to Glasgow
Far from the industrial concrete jungle it once was, Glasgow is now a buzzing city with many attractions. Whether you’re heading for a city break or travelling further afield to Scotland’s coast, now is the perfect time to visit before it gets uber popular with travellers.
Are there direct trains from Bristol to Glasgow?
Yes, you can travel direct from Bristol Temple Meads to Glasgow Central on the CrossCountry network.
CrossCountry currently runs several trains a day from Bristol to Glasgow. Some are direct whilst on other routes you will have to change. Changes are usually at Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street and Carlisle, although specific trains do differ so it’s worth checking which route you prefer before you book.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Bristol to Glasgow?
We make a lot of effort to ensure that your journey with us from Bristol to Glasgow is comfortable. With various seating options, lots of plug sockets and ample luggage space, you can make yourself at home on the train. If you’re peckish, you don’t have to lift a finger with our at seat service; choose from a selection of drinks and hot and cold snacks.
For even more comfort, take a look at our First Class tickets.
Does Glasgow Central have step-free access?
Glasgow Central Station is well equipped for passengers who require step-free access. Except for Union Street, every entrance and exit is step-free. Ramps are also available, whilst staff assistance is offered for customers who may need assistance on any part of their journey.
How far is the city centre?
Arriving at Glasgow Central will land you right in the city centre. With various transport links and plenty of areas in walking distance, it’s a great base for exploring the city and surrounding suburbs.
Does the station have family areas?
With baby changing facilities, waiting rooms and a place to leave your luggage, Glasgow Central is well-equipped for families.
If you would like more details on Glasgow Central Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Glasgow
Onward Travel: Taxis, Buses and Subways in Glasgow
With a subway network as well as buses, Glasgow’s public transport is easy to navigate. The underground subway is well-connected to attractions around the West End and city centre and is a perfect way to quickly get around the city. If you’re going further afield or prefer to be above ground, then the buses are a fantastic option. Glasgow also has a City Sightseeing Bus which lets you hop on and off at various attractions.
There is also the option of travelling direct in a black cab or private taxi. With a taxi rank outside Glasgow Central as well as various ranks placed around the city, it’s never hard to hail a cab. Glasgow’s taxi drivers are also said to be the friendliest drivers in the world, so be prepared to have a good natter on your journey.
Shopping in Glasgow
Glasgow’s range of shops is enough to satisfy even the most serious of shoppers. The city has three shopping centres as well as Glasgow’s Style Mile – an area with over 200 shops including high street names and independent boutiques. It’s easy to get carried away, especially as most are open until 7pm!
In the West End, Downside Lane and Ruthven Lane are the perfect places if you’re looking for hidden gems. The cobbled streets provide countless individual and handmade pieces, with quirky restaurants and coffee shops aplenty.
Culture in Glasgow
Glasgow is loved by locals and tourists for more than its fantastic shopping experience. With many museums and art galleries, culture vultures will thrive in the city. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery is a must see, while the Riverside Museum tells all about Glasgow’s ship building history.
If you’re a whisky lover, there are many distilleries located along the River Clyde. Learn about the history of whisky in Glasgow, discover how it’s made and of course, taste it! For music lovers, Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music and thousands of people flock to the city for concerts in cosy and larger venues alike.
We can see why Glasgow is slowly becoming the place to be in Scotland – visit now for the perfect UK city break from Bristol.
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