Glasgow is only 4 hours from London by train, and London is only just over 2 hours from Paris or Brussel by Eurostar. To reduce our climate impacts, we encourage all delegates to avoid flying if possible. If you cannot avoid flying, please consider offsetting your greenhouse gas emissions using a CDM Gold Standard accredited provider – some useful links are below.

Offsetting links for unavoidable flights: 


Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to all UK cities. There are more than 20 direct trains from London running every day. Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Central and Northern Scotland. Trains leave for and arrive from Edinburgh every 15 minutes.

Rail travel from Europe is possible via Eurostar from Brussels or Paris, changing at London. The Eurostar Terminal in London is at St Pancras station, and trains to Glasgow leave either from Kings Cross (next to St Pancras) or Euston (a short walk or tube journey).

Average travel time by train:

      • Edinburgh to Glasgow 50 minutes
      • Manchester to Glasgow 3 hours 30 minutes
      • Liverpool to Glasgow 3 hours 40 minutes
      • Birmingham to Glasgow 4 hours
      • London (Kings Cross or Euston) to Glasgow 4 hours 10 minutes
      • Brussels or Paris to London St Pancras 2 hours 10 minutes (Eurostar)


Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh with the M8, England on the M74, Stirling with the M80 and the West Coast of Scotland with the M77. The SEC is located just off the M8 motorway.


Glasgow International Airport

This is located 8 miles from the city centre. There are direct flights to around 100 destinations worldwide, as well as one-stop flights from 12 North American destinations with Icelandair via Reykjavik, one-stop flights from 46 destinations in 31 countries with Emirates via Dubai to Glasgow (twice daily) and over 30 flights per day to London.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is south west of the city and is a 45 minute direct train link from Glasgow City Centre.

Edinburgh International Airport

Edinburgh Airport is 45 minutes from Glasgow. There is a direct Citylink Air coach from the main terminal every 30 minutes, from 05.30 to 23.30 daily, arriving at Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow City Centre.

Getting around in Glasgow


The conference centre is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the city centre along the Clyde riverside and we hope this is how you will choose to travel if possible. We can also offer access to low- and zero-carbon travel options including:

      • The Riversider 100 bus service from George Square in the city centre to the SEC and onwards to Kelvingrove Art Gallery (the venue for the Ceilidh) is operated by zero emissions electric buses
      • Free access to NextBikes city bike hire scheme for journeys of up to 45 minutes (there is a docking station at the venue)
      • Future City Glasgow apps to find optimum cycling and walking routes
      • A Conference Rover Ticket (£5) can be bought at any ScotRail station within the conference zone (see map below) if you show your conference pass. This gives unlimited travel within the conference zone for five days, and half price travel outside the conference zone.