Travelling to Glasgow
First CrossCountry train - 10:23
Last CrossCountry train - 21:12
Edinburgh to Glasgow
Glasgow has transformed in the last few years, making it a thriving city with plenty to do and see. From art galleries and cathedrals to whisky distilleries and a buzzing nightlife, there is something for everyone in Scotland’s biggest city. Glasgow is an easy day trip or long weekend from Edinburgh; when you have a city this great on your doorstep, you should make the most of it.
Are there direct trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow?
Yes, there are regular direct CrossCountry services from Edinburgh to Glasgow. CrossCountry currently runs several trains an hour, with the first and last departures being 05:53 and 23:45.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow?
Rest assured that your journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow will be easy and comfortable. With a variety of snacks and drinks, you won’t go hungry with our at-seat service. We also have a variety of seating options as well as plug sockets and lots of luggage space. If you want to upgrade, why not get a First Class ticket?
Does Glasgow Central have step-free access?
Glasgow Central has many step-free options for those needing assistance. You can exit and access the station through step-free routes from the Gordon Street, Hope Street and low-level Hope Street exits. The Union Street exit is not step-free. Ramps are also available, and staff can assist customers who need help getting on or off their train.
How far is the city centre?
As its name suggests, Glasgow Central is in the heart of the city centre. With countless eateries, shops and accommodation available as soon as you leave, you’ve landed right in the middle of the action.
Does the station have family areas?
Glasgow Central has baby changing facilities, as well as waiting rooms and left luggage.
For further information about Glasgow Central Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Glasgow
Onward Travel: Taxis, Buses and Subways in Glasgow
There are plenty of ways to travel around Glasgow. The underground subway makes it extremely convenient and affordable to travel around the West End and city centre, with trains leaving frequently. If you prefer to travel above ground, there are buses that operate around the city and to the outskirts. You can also hop on and off a City Sightseeing Bus to see all the attractions.
If you prefer the luxury of direct travel, there is a taxi rank outside Glasgow Central. Be prepared for an entertaining journey – Glasgow’s taxi drivers are known to be some of the friendliest drivers in the world.
Shopping in Glasgow
If you’re a serious shopper, Glasgow will not disappoint. With three shopping centres in the city, you can explore independent boutiques, high street brands and vintage stores.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Glasgow’s Style mile is a great place to start. With over 200 shops to browse and most of them open until 7pm, you may find you get carried away here! If you’re looking for individual and handmade pieces, head to Dowanside Lane and Ruthven Lane in the West End. Navigate through the cobbled streets and quench your thirst with a drink at a quirky café or bar.
Culture in Glasgow
A UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is full of arts and culture. With over 20 museums, art galleries and music venues, thousands of visitors and locals alike flock to the city for concerts and exhibitions.
Foodies are bound to be impressed by Glasgow. Whilst Scotland is famous for haggis and the battered Mars bar, there are some dishes that surprisingly originate from Glasgow: the macaroni cheese pie, chips and cheese and salt ‘n’ chilli chips. Who knew?! Whatever culinary delicacy you’re looking for, Glasgow will have it in its plethora of restaurants, cafes and take-aways.
For sunny days, Glasgow also has lovely outdoor spaces – with over 90 parks and gardens in the city, there’s no excuse not to get your steps in. Located in the West End, Victoria Park outlines Great Britain’s fascinating history. With tennis courts, golf, a yachting pond and memorials for both World Wars, this park is a fantastic choice for those looking to mix greenery and culture.