As the largest city in Scotland and fourth in the United Kingdom, Glasgow's name originates from the Gaelic "Glaschu," which translates to "green valley."
Avoid the city in the bitter winter months when cold and short days rule. Instead, plan your sightseeing adventures for the warmer months between March and August. Budget airlines servicing routes to and from Glasgow airport have thankfully lowered travel costs significantly in the past few years, with travel to the city now relatively affordable year-round.
Glasgow can be reached conveniently via air, rail, and road, as it has its own international airport, Glasgow Airport (GLA), situated only 8 miles to the west of the city center. Additionally, the city boasts two significant railway stations, Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station, that offer links to major cities throughout the UK.
Finding your way around Scotland’s largest city can prove testing. Keep these travel tips handy and you’ll be navigating your way through Glasgow in no time. For day tours outside of the city, a hire-car can be helpful. For those happy to stay put, a car really isn’t necessary. With frequent buses and an accessible metro system, Glasgow is an easy and affordable city to explore. On your Glasgow tours, we recommend grabbing a FirstDay pass for a full day of travel on the city's First bus network.
Glasgow presents an abundance of options to entertain visitors, ranging from historic landmarks and museums to parks and bustling shopping streets. Notable attractions include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Cathedral, the Riverside Museum, and the Glasgow Necropolis.
Although not obligatory, it is customary to give a gratuity of 10-15% at restaurants in Glasgow if the service has been satisfactory. Furthermore, it is typical to round up the fare for taxis or to offer a small tip to hotel staff for exceptional service.
Glasgow is a relatively safe city but it’s always best to keep your wits about you in a new place. Keep these tips in mind when in the city.
In case of emergency, dial 999. Glasgow’s ample green spaces such as Kelvingrove Park are lovely throughout the day, but have no lighting in the evening in order to protect wildlife. Walking in the parks after dusk should be avoided. As always, keep your personal belongings safe and secure when in busy areas or known tourist sites. It’s best to divide up your valuables between bags and wallets.
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