Glasgow is Scotland’s most accessible destination with 3 International Airports and direct flights to 130 scheduled destinations.
Examples of direct daily European flights include
With most European destinations within 3 hours of Glasgow, this offers a short journey time and low cost travel.
Delegates from North America can travel direct to Glasgow from the following destinations including New York, Philadelphia, Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Orlando.
Delegates from the Far East can take advantage of a one stop flight using the daily Emirates flight direct from Dubai to Glasgow.
Glasgow International Airport is located 15 minutes from the city centre and is Scotland’s international gateway. Frequent direct services are available to the major hubs, such as Dubai, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, as well as an average of 43 flights from London every day.
Delegates arriving at Glasgow International Airport can take a shuttle bus in to the city. The service departs every 10 minutes and stops at the major city centre hotels. The cost is £3.50. Taxis are always available.
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is located 32 miles south west of Glasgow. This airport operates many global routes as well as RyanAir low cost flights to 22 scheduled destinations.
The airport is served by a direct train link to Glasgow city centre, with a journey time of 40 minutes. The tickets are half price to anywhere in Scotland on presentation on your airline ticket. The ticket to Glasgow Central Station costs just £2.50.
Edinburgh International Airport is located just 45 minutes drive from Glasgow and offers delegates an alternative opportunity to fly direct into central Scotland. Public transportation is available by bus or by bus and train link.
Glasgow Airport to City Centre – 12 km
Bus or (Train by 2010)
Glasgow Airport to SECC
Central Railway Station to SECC
Train or Bus
City Centre to SECC
Train or Bus
Glasgow has two major train stations, Glasgow Central servicing the South and Glasgow Queen Street servicing Edinburgh and the North.
There is a fast intercity rail service which operates from many of the major towns in England to Glasgow Central. There is a sleeper service from London to Glasgow. Journey time from London is about 5 hours.
FirstScotrail is Scotland’s Rail Operator for the West Highland Line, the North Highland Line and Caledonian Sleepers (overnight trains from Scotland to London). Trains to Edinburgh run every 15 minutes taking 45 minutes journey time.
Scotland has an extensive motorway road network. The city of Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh with the M8, England on the M74, Stirling with the M80 and the West Coast of Scotland with the M77.
Glasgow is a compact city easy to navigate on foot, built on a grid system. All conference venues are accessible by public transport. The Subway consists of two circular lines enabling cross city journey times to be kept to 15 minutes.
The Royal Concert Hall, the venue for the congress, is located in the very heart of the city and is within walking distance of most of the city-centre hotels
The Glasgow Delegate Travel Pass offers real value for money. Glasgow is the only UK city where such a ticket is available and the cost to date (February 2010) for a 5 day pass is £7.50. It allows delegates unlimited travel on the city’s extensive underground, over ground rail network and all city centre bus routes for the duration of the Congress. It also includes the journey to and from Glasgow International and Prestwick International Airports.
Further information and advice on travelling within Glasgow can be found from the Strathclyde Partnership for Travel website www.spt.co.uk where you can view online timetables, use the journey planner and journey check systems and book tickets.
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