glasgow

Hello, glasgow

Glasgow is the 21st-century magnet of Great Britain, with an energetic yet sophisticated vibe. Formerly Britain's major centre of industrial prowess, it has transformed into a booming hub for art and culture in the past decades. The city prides itself on a never-ending stream of up-and-coming musicians and a thriving nightlife. Glasgow is also home to many excellent modern Scottish restaurants dedicated to preserving their Scottish heritage. Some of the best shopping in the country can be found here, too.

City Information

Essential Information about the city

Glasgow International Airport (GLA)

Glasgow’s main airport, located a mere 15 km from the city, is very well-connected to the city by bus and train. Glasgow Airport Express is the official airport's bus service, with multiple buses departing every 10 minutes from the airport (Stance 1), most passing through Buchanan Street Bus Station along the way. Tickets can be purchased directly on board, pre-bought online or using the "First Bus mTickets" app. The closest train station to the airport is Paisley Gilmour Street, a mile away from the terminal building. McGill’s 757 bus service operates that stretch and tickets can be purchased at any Scottish train station or online, via the ScotRail website. There is also a taxi stand at the airport: booking with the airport's official service in advance secures you a 20% discount.

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK)

Glasgow's second busiest airport is located in the town of Prestwick, approximately a 40-minute drive away from the city centre (depending on traffic). The Stagecoach Western X77 Express Service runs to and from Glasgow Buchanan Street Station directly (the bus stops on A79 just outside the airport). There is also a late night and early morning service (the X99 Service), for which it is highly recommended to pre-book tickets in advance, as it guarantees you 45 minutes of waiting time upon landing of your flight), but purchasing the ticket on board is possible as well.Prestwick Airport is the only one in Scotland served by its own railway station, accessible by a covered walkway to and from the airport.Also a taxi service, provided by Streamline Taxis, is available just outside the terminal building and can be pre-booked.

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Passport

Passport/Visa

Citizens of the European Union member-states, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) only require a valid passport to enter the UK. Residents of a further 10 countries do not require entry visas for stays under 6 months: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Nationals of some further countries do not require a visa, but need to hold an entry certificate. Use the UK Government website to check for specific requirements: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

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Best time to visit

Best Time to Visit

The warmer spring and summer months - from March to August - are definitely the best time to visit the city, with nice temperatures and long days that will let you enjoy long walks around the centre.The first reason why you should visit the city in summertime, particularly in August, is the iconic "Piping Live!" festival, an annual unmissable appointment in which bagpipes parades and other events are held during an entire week.Piping Live!www.pipinglive.co.uk www.facebook.com/PipingLiveFestival/+44 141 353 0220gillian@wearewire.co

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Public Transport

SPT provides transport services in Glasgow, which consist of a circular underground line with 15 stations and a range of train and bus routes. There are several ticket options including day passes for both the city and the surrounding areas.Tickets for underground can be purchased at any underground station: a single ticket is a fixed price and will take you in every station of the system.The bus plan, with its 4 stations around the city, is designed in a way to take you everywhere as quickly as possible: tickets can be bought on board (prepare exact change).Maps of the entire transportation system are available at the Tourist Office (Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square).Travelcards are the best way to save time and money and are designed for both regular commuters and tourists.

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Taxi

The classic London cabs are available all over the city and can be hailed on the street, or also ordered by phone.Glasgow Taxi Ltd+44 141 429 7070 (booking)www.glasgowtaxisltd.co.ukHampden Cabs+44 141 429 1122 / +44 141 332 5050 (booking)www.hampdencars.co.uk

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Post

Stamps are available from post offices and newsagents. The post offices are generally open 9:00-17:30 (Monday to Friday), but some are open until 22:00 or 23:00.There is a number of post offices around Glasgow and the closest to the city centre are:1. Glasgow (136 West Nile Street, Glasgow)2. Dundas (87 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow)3. Sauchiehall Street (177 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow)4. Merchant City (59 Glassford Street, Glasgow)5. Hope Street (47 Hope Street, Glasgow)

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Pharmacy

1. Boots Pharmacies:Glasgow St.Enoch Square55 St.Enoch Square, Glasgow+44 141 248 7387Glasgow Buchanan Galleries220 Buchanan Street, Glasgow+44 141 333 9306Glasgow Central StationCentral Station, Glasgow+44 141 221 71072. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde:High Street Pharmacy128 High Street, Glasgow +44 141 552 5929

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Telephone

Country code: +44Area code: 141

Electricity

220 volt

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