How to get around Glasgow

Given its heritage as an industrial town and a major freight hub, Glasgow transport has always been among the best in the UK. From reliable public transport to beautifully curated city streets made for walking or cycling, there are many options for getting around Glasgow.  Additionally, because Glasgow is not as large a city as somewhere like Sydney or Melbourne, you won’t find yourself waiting for transport very long. Most routes are short and traffic is often minimal. Friendly reminder: be careful on the road after it’s been raining!


Glasgow taxis are one of the best ways to get around town when you've slept through your alarm and find yourself running way behind schedule. Fast, efficient and never far away, there are plenty of taxi companies in Glasgow ready to pick you up and get you where you need to go. Don't forget that ridesharing companies also operate in Glasgow.

Public transport

Travelling on Glasgow public transport is an ideal way to navigate the city on a budget. While there's a prepaid travel card system similar to the Opal or Myki systems here at home, it's actually divided into two separate cards. Smartcard lets you ride the subway and ZoneCard lets you ride the bus. Keep them handy at all times and remember which one is which!

Bike hire

Nextbike is the Glasgow bike hire system run by the city council that allows users to hire a bike online, pick it up from one of the many racks throughout the city, ride to a destination, and return the bike to their nearest rack. If you don't like being rushed, this allows you to set your own pace while exploring the city. It's also cheaper than other forms of public transport and environmentally friendly.

On foot

Simply walking around Glasgow gives travellers the chance to slow down and really take in everything the city has to offer. Whether you want to follow an interesting inner-city walking trail or simply go for a wander and get your bearings, you never know what you'll find along the way. Watch the weather though – you don't want to get rained on!