Glasgow is Scotland’s second biggest city and a thriving metropolis filled with parks, stately architecture and activities. You’ll find plenty to fill your days on a visit to Glasgow and the culture of the city is evident in its multitude of museums, galleries and arts precincts. Visit the Kelvingrove Museum or Hunterian Gallery or follow the City Centre Mural Trail. With over 90 parks and gardens, a walk among greenery is also a must before indulging in the buzzing city nightlife, with pubs, restaurants and bars catering for every palette and budget and live music filling the city streets from small gigs to world famous acts in concert. Visit the impressive cathedral district, hit the shops or take a trip to the countryside region of Loch Lomond by the beach where you’ll find kayaking on the loch, strolls through the quaint Lull village or walking in Ben Lomond National Park.
Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Glasgow (GLA)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Glasgow
When to visit
The best time to visit Glasgow is in the warmer spring and summer months between March and August, when high temperatures often sit pleasantly around 20°C and daylight is longer for outdoor activities. Winters in Glasgow are cold and temperature highs drop to around 6 to 9°C on average, with sub-zero nights to be expected and snowfall also common. Regardless of the season you visit, it’s best to be prepared with a raincoat and umbrella, as rain in this part of Scotland is frequent year-round.
What is the main airport called?
Glasgow Airport (GLA).Opens external site in a new window Also referred to as Glasgow International Airport or GLA and formerly called Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow Airport is one of two airports in Glasgow and is located in Paisley, Renfrewshire, approximately 15.9km (8.6 miles) from Glasgow city centre.
Arriving in Glasgow
The helpful staff at Glasgow Airport will be waiting to greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Glasgow from Glasgow Airport
Getting to and from the GLA Glasgow Airport is easy with all the different transport options that are available. Ranging from app-based ride services to public transport you will find a mode of travel to meet your needs. The Glasgow City Express service 500 is the official bus service linking the city centre to the airport in only 15 minutes. Catch it from stand 1 at the airport, or stand 46 from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow City, with further convenient stops available in either direction. The Glasgow City Express also connects you to the Paisley Gilmour Street Train Station, which is the closest train station to the airport and connects to services throughout Glasgow and Scotland. Taxis or app-based ride services are an easy option, with a taxi rank available directly outside the terminal building, and several hire car companies available beside Terminal 2 or just outside the main terminal close to the domestic arrivals.
Getting around Glasgow
Glasgow is a compact city, so there are several walking, cycling and public transport options for getting around on your trip regardless of weather, plans and fitness levels. If the weather is pleasant, the best way to explore the city centre is on foot, giving you the opportunity to take your time and soak up the architecture and culture of your surrounds. OVO bikes are a great option, with the rental bike service offering several pick-up and parking points and an impressive cycle network criss-crossing the best sites of the city. If you’d like to use public transport, the subway is the most convenient method to reach much of the city centre, Southside and West End of Glasgow. Circuit services depart every 15 minutes and take just 24 minutes to stop at all 15 major stations. Taxis and app-based ride services are also available wherever you travel in the city.
Fly from Melbourne
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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