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Glasgow Queen Street (Glasgow)

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

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The magnificent arched roof over the station in being retained The magnificent arched roof over the station in being retained

Glasgow Queen Street is the city’s station for trains to the north and west and it’s also where the fastest and most frequent trains between Glasgow and Edinburgh arrive and depart.

A redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street has recently been completed, so the access between the city centre and the trains has now been transformed for the better.

The re-building was necessary so that longer trains, which are now used on the fast services to and from Edinburgh, can fit within the station.
By the close of 2021, there will be an increase of more than 50% of seats available on the Glasgow <> Edinburgh route, compared with the service that was available three years ago.

The part of Queen Street station used by the longer distance trains, which are all operated by Scotrail, is a terminus.

As a consequence the trains have level access with the concourse and when the building works are completed a staircase, a gentle slope and an elevator will all lead to the entrances to the station on West George Street.

Accessing the best of Glasgow from Queen Street Station:

Glasgow Queen Street is superbly located for access to the heart of the city, George Square in front of the town hall, is only a two minute walk from the station.

Though an unusual feature of Glasgow is that many of its most popular attractions are outside the city centre.
However, accessing them from Queen Street is comparatively simple, because the station has easier access to the Glasgow Subway than the city’s other main station, Glasgow Central.
The Subway station is named Buchanan Street, but it is connected to Queen Street by an underground travellator.

The Subway connects Queen Street to Kelvinhall, the closest station to the Kelvingrove gallery and museum, and Hillhead, the nearest station to the Rennie Mackintosh Museum.
From Govan it’s a 5 min walk from there to the Tall Ships Museum, a free ferry will shuttle you from there across the River Clyde to the splendid Riverside Museum of Transport.

An Adult Ticket for a single ride on the subway is £1.55, but if you want to hop between multiple locations, an All-Day ticket is a bargain priced £3!

to Glasgow Central station:

There is a free shuttle bus which connects Queen Street with Glasgow Central station every 15 mins, or you can head off on foot to the city’s other main station, which is where the trains to south-west Scotland and destinations in England depart from.

The walking route, which will take around 12-25 mins, is on mainly traffic-free roads, and involves

1. Going straight ahead from the exit on Dundas Street and heading for the main street level entrance to Buchanan Street Subway station,

2. Turning left on to Buchanan Street and walking along it until you see Gordon Street over to the right – look for the TGI Fridays restaurant on the street corner.

3. Walking for 5 – 8 minutes along Gordon Street and Glasgow Central will be on the left.

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