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Glasgow, Scotland is known for its edgy exterior, hip bars and quirky art students. Glasgow is the country’s biggest city and has plenty to explore, from the trendy restaurants in the West End to the popular cultural attractions such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Glasgow Science Centre. Only an hour from Edinburgh by train, Glasgow is a popular destination for those who want to explore more of Scotland than its quainter capital.
Omio is a booking platform that allows you to search and book trains, buses, flights and ferries in Europe, the United States and Canada. With Omio, it’s simple to book trains to Glasgow from anywhere in the United Kingdom and vice versa. Our search tool can be filtered by date, time, journey duration and price, allowing you to find the best ticket for your journey.
Want to save money on train tickets to Glasgow? Follow these suggestions and get cheaper train tickets to Scotland’s second city.
1. Get a Railcard
National Rail offers a variety of Railcards that can help you get up to a third off a train journey to Glasgow. Find out more about the different types of Railcards here.
2. Travel Off-Peak
Off-Peak is the time when trains are less busy such as outside commuter hours and during the week. If you can travel during Off-Peak hours then you’ll be able to save on the cost of your ticket to Glasgow.
3. Use GroupSave
Travelling to Glasgow with three to nine people? Buy a GroupSave ticket and save a third off the total price of your train tickets to Glasgow. For GroupSave tickets to be valid, you must travel with the people named during booking.
4. Book Advance tickets with Omio
Train tickets to Glasgow go on sale three months before the departure date. If you know when you’re travelling to Glasgow then it’s better to buy tickets as early as possible. These are known as Advance tickets and are often much cheaper than Anytime tickets—the ticket type that can be bought for any train up to the moment of departure.
With Omio you can book tickets in advance, apply railcards, find off-peak tickets and benefit from group discounts. It’s never been easier to find cheap tickets to Glasgow!
Several different train companies can take you to Glasgow. The train company you travel with will depend on where in the UK you are travelling from.
Glasgow is a popular metropolis and has many trains arriving, departing and transiting through it every day. Some of the most popular train routes include Birmingham–Glasgow, Edinburgh–Glasgow and Manchester–Glasgow. Find out more about these routes below.
Trains depart from Birmingham New Street and arrive at Glasgow Central. Trains are operated by either Avanti West Coast or First CrossCountry. The quickest journey time is four hours 37 minutes.
Direct trains depart from Manchester Victoria and arrive at Glasgow Central. Trains on this route are operated by Avanti West Coast or First Transpennine Express. The quickest journey time is three hours 13 minutes.
Trains depart from Edinburgh Waverley and mostly arrive at Glasgow Queen Street. Trains are operated by Scotrail. The quickest journey time is 52 minutes.
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Avanti West Coast trains depart from London Euston station and arrive at Glasgow Central station. During peak hours, a direct fast train leaves London for Glasgow approximately once an hour. All Avanti trains between London and Glasgow are direct and can take as little as four hours and 29 minutes to complete the journey. Avanti trains have WiFi onboard as well as food carriages that serve light snacks and refreshments.
Glasgow has plenty of transport options to choose from. Find out more about the different options below.
Glasgow’s main station is Glasgow Central, which is located on Gordon Street in the city centre. Most trains that arrive and depart from Glasgow will do so here. The second main train station is Glasgow Queen Street, which is a bit further out of the city centre on Hanover Street. Glasgow Queen Street is used more for local journeys, however, late long-distance trains will terminate here, too.
The first train from London Euston to Glasgow Central leaves at 5.31 a.m. on weekdays and 7.56 a.m. on Sundays. During the week, the last direct train leaves London Euston at 7.10 p.m. and arrives at Glasgow Central at 12.06 a.m. Train time schedules can change so we suggest always double-checking times when planning your train journey to Glasgow.
Train tickets prices vary depending on when they’re bought and from which destination. For example, an Avanti West Coast off-peak Advance ticket from London Euston to Glasgow Central is £105.70 compared to an Anytime single that costs £191.50.
Most Railcards will allow you to save a third off your train tickets to Glasgow during Off-Peak hours, these include:
There are many great reasons to take the train to Glasgow. Mostly, it is one of the most convenient ways to get there. With train routes running to Glasgow from all over the UK, you can easily travel by train to Glasgow from your hometown. By taking the train, you can avoid traffic on some of the busier motorways, which can be particularly congested during peak seasons.
By taking the train, you can sit back and enjoy the changing scenery throughout the journey—we like to guess when the train has crossed the English–Scottish border by the landscape! Finally, when you take the train to Glasgow you arrive in the heart of the city, meaning no worrying about finding a parking space or further travel. Sounds pretty great to us!
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