Glasgow Central

Glasgow, (United Kingdom)

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About the station

This guide to Glasgow Central station explains what to look out for when departing and arriving by train and connects you to all the relevant info.

The primary station in Scotland’s largest city has high passenger satisfaction scores and when encountering Glasgow Central it’s easy to see how this happy situation has come about.

Not only did its 1905 rebuild create a stunningly beautiful station, which has had virtually all of its original splendour sympathetically restored in recent years, it’s also an eminently practical station to use.
A text book example of how to provide all the facilities travellers require from a large station, without disrupting the passage from and to the trains.

The main part of the station is a terminus and the access between the trains and Gordon Steeet, which runs across the front of the station, is step-free.
Though the trains which head west towards Ayr, Greenock, Paisley and Wemyss Bay tend to depart from platforms (tracks) 9-15 which are futher away from the main concourse – platform 13 is particularly distant.

Glasgow Central also lives up to its name as it's located close to the heart of the city.
Though an unusual feature of Glasgow is that many of its most popular attractions are outside the city centre.


Connecting to the Glasgow Subway:

Most of those popular attractions in the city are most easily reached by using the Glasgow Subway, but it doesn’t have a station at Glasgow Central.
Its nearest station is St Enoch, which is best accessed by using the secondary exit at Glasgow Central station on to Argyll Street, turn left from this exit and St Enoch is a 5 min walk away.

This Argyll Street exit is beneath the station, so  you need to head down the escalators which connect the main part of the station, to platforms 16 and 17, as these are located underground.

Local trains from platform 17 go to Partick, which is three stops from Glasgow Central and Partick station offers an easy interchange with the Glasgow Subway.

From Partick it’s a one station hop on the subway to Kelvinhall, the closest station to the Kelvingrove gallery and museum, or a two station hop to Hillhead, the nearest station to the Rennie Mackintosh Museum.
In the opposite direction it’s a one station hop from Partick to Govan and a 5 min walk from there is the Tall Ships Museum, a free ferry will shuttle you from there across the River Clyde to the splendid Riverside Museum of Transport.

Those trains from platform 17 at Glasgow Central to Partick also call at Exhibition Centre station, which is by the SECC, The Hydro and The Armadillo.


Long-distance train service summary:

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(1) Carlisle via Kilmarnock and Dumfries
(2) Stranraer via Kimarnock, Ayr and Girvan
(3) Ayr via Troon and Prestwick Airport
(4) Ardrossan for Arran
(5) Wemyss Bay for Rothesay

Avanti West Coast

(1) London Euston via Carlisle, Lancaster and Preston
(2) London Euston via Carlisle, Lancaster, Preston, Birmingham and Coventry

Trans Pennine Express

Manchester via Carlisle, Oxenholme -The Lakes, Lancaster and Preston


Plymouth via Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Bristol, Taunton and Exeter

Caledonian Sleeper

Overnight to London Euston

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