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London to Glasgow by Train, Bus, Car and Flights

How to get from London to Glasgow


Details of how to get from London to Glasgow by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.
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London to Glasgow by Train

UK Travel Tip The cheapest train fares are those designated "Advance" - how far in advance depends upon the journey as most rail companies offer advance fares on a first come first served basis. Advance tickets are usually sold as one-way or "single" tickets. Whether or not you buy advance tickets, always compare the "single" ticket price to the round trip or "return" price as it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets rather than one round trip ticket.

There are regular train services to Glasgow Central Station from London Kings Cross and London Euston several times a day. The journey takes about 5 hours. Round trip advance fares start at about £56.

Fans of slow travel can take an overnight sleeper, The Calendonian Sleeper, run by First Scot Rail . The train leaves Euston Station nightly, at about 11:30p.m., arriving in Glasgow nearly eight hours later,at about 7:30 a.m. Costs range from £36 for advance booking of a one way ticket in recliner cabin, to £161 for a first class, one way ticket in a single berth cabin. Every month, the company offers about 1200 bargain twin berth fares of less than £50 on a first come first served basis.

London to Glasgow by Bus

UK Travel Tip National Express offers a limited number of "funfare" promotional tickets that are very cheap (£6.50 for a £39.00 fare, for example). These can only be purchased on line and they are usually posted on the website a month to a few weeks before the trip. It is worth checking the website to see if "funfare" tickets are available for your chosen journey.

Buses from London to Glasgow take 8 to 9 hours and cost just over £40 round trip. There are three direct trips, between Victoria Coach Station in London and Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, in each direction daily with longer journeys stopping in Birmingham first. Bus tickets can be purchased online. There is usually a 50pence booking fee.

London to Glasgow by Car

Glasgow is 405 miles north of London via the M1, M6. M42, A74(M), M73 and M8 motorways. It takes about 7 hours to drive. Keep in mind that gasoline, called petrol in the UK, is sold by the liter (a little more than a quart) and the price is usually more than $1 a quart.

Flights from London to Glasgow

Regular flights from London to Glasgow Airport leave Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports throughout the day. The flight takes about 1 1/2 hours.

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