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Plan your visit to Annual Conference using this travel and accommodation page.

Find out everything you need to know about travel and accommodation when visiting Glasgow for Annual Conference in 2022.

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Getting to Glasgow

Find out how to get to and around the city

Glasgow information

Which airport is the closest to Glasgow?

Take a look at this airport to city map

Where in the UK can I fly to Glasgow or Edinburgh airport from?

You can fly to Glasgow Airport from:
  • Belfast (Easyjet)
  • Birmingham (Easyjet)
  • Bristol (Easyjet)
  • Dublin (Ryanair)
  • Exeter (Loganair)
  • London City (British Airways)
  • London Gatwick (Easyjet)
  • London Heathrow (British Airways)
  • London Luton (Easyjet)
  • London Stansted (Easyjet)
  • Newquay (Easyjet)
  • Southampton (Loganair)
You can fly to Edinburgh Airport from:
  • Belfast (Easyjet)
  • Birmingham (Easyjet)
  • Bristol (Easyjet)
  • Cardiff (Loganair)
  • Derry/Londonderry (Ryanair)
  • East Midlands (Loganair)
  • Exeter (Loganair)
  • Guernsey (Loganair)
  • Isle of Man (Loganair)
  • London City (British Airways)
  • London Gatwick (Easyjet and British Airways)
  • London Heathrow (British Airways)
  • London Luton (Easyjet)
  • London Stansted (Easyjet)
  • Manchester (Loganair)
  • Southampton (Loganair)

How do I get to the conference venue from Glasgow or Edinburgh?

Travel from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow City Centre

Official airport taxis are available from outside the terminal building.

Glasgow Taxis are the largest fleet in the city and have special rates for delegates, when booked in advance on 0141 429 7070 as follows:
  • Use code GCB1 for Glasgow Airport to City Centre or West End delegate fare £23
  • Use code GCB2 City Centre/West End to Glasgow Airport delegate fare £25
  • The Glasgow Airport Express bus runs from outside the terminal building (stance 1) to Glasgow Central station, Glasgow Queen Street station and Buchanan Bus Station.

    More information and advance ticket sales

    Travel from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow

    Citylink operate a bus service from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes.

    You can also travel to Edinburgh City Centre by bus Airlink 100 and onwards by train from Glasgow Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street station.

What hotels are closest to the conference venue?

Take a look at this map of Glasgow hotels

Are there any discounts or offers available for attendees?

Yes - find discounts on tours, restaurants, taxis and more here.

How do I get to Annual Conference by train?

The main arrival train stations in Glasgow from UK destinations are Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street. Connections are also available via Edinburgh, with trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street approximately every 15 minutes at peak times, with journey times from 45 minutes.

Plan your journey

Is there any travel disruption expected?

Engineering works are scheduled to take place between Glasgow Central and Carlisle on the weekend of 23-24 April. Buses will be operating on this part of the rail network to replace trains, as well as some trains operating on an alternative slower route.

Since COVID-19, there's been a change in advance rail booking availability, with timetables and tickets now being released much closer to travel dates. Please note: timetables and tickets are not due to be released until at least mid-March.

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When searching for your train journey, include both Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street as destinations, as alternative routes may be available to you.

During Annual Conference, other essential rail engineering works are taking place locally, with no trains running on the line from Glasgow Central to Anderston and Exhibition Centre. Delegates should plan their journey accordingly and allow more time to travel between the city centre and the SEC (see further travel information below). 

Rail replacement buses run from Exhibition Centre to Central Station. There is signing and staffing to advise passengers at these stations. There is also an information desk at the SEC, with fully briefed staff and digital signs.

Glasgow Taxis will also be providing marshals on 27 April from 3-5pm to help with departures.

ScotRail: full details on how your journey could be affected, as well as alternative routes from each station, including public buses, cycling and walking instructions.

So how do I get from the train station to the SEC?

Due to the disruption mentioned above, your best options are to take a rail replacement bus, or get a taxi, depending on your intended destination.

Replacement bus services are running between Glasgow Central and Exhibition Centre, but take longer than rail journeys. Please note: no replacement buses are running from Anderston station – the nearest station to pick up a replacement bus will be Glasgow Central.

ScotRail: full details on how your journey could be affected, as well as alternative routes from each station, including public buses, cycling and walking instructions.

Glasgow Taxis are available from city centre taxi ranks, including outside Glasgow Central at Gordon Street and outside Glasgow Queen Street at George Square. A fare from the city centre to the SEC is approximately £9. You can book with Glasgow Taxis on 0141 429 7070. Glasgow Taxis have wheelchair accessible taxis and accept card payments.

Plan your journey by bus using the FirstBus journey planner

General public transport planning is also available via Traveline's website or by phone on 0871 200 22 33.

Are there any other travel options?

City bike hire is available at 100 locations throughout Glasgow. Find out more here.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings are no longer a legal requirement in Scotland, however we still recommend you wear a face covering in indoor places whenever possible.

What's happening about cleaning and ventilation?

Enhanced cleaning will be provided by the venue, as well as hand sanitiser stations. Ventilation systems will be in place throughout Annual Conference.

Do I need a negative test or proof of vaccination to enter the venue?

Although not required, if you have access to COVID-19 tests we recommend you do a lateral flow test within the 48 hours prior to your arrival at the venue.

I'm feeling unwell – what should I do?

If you feel unwell, or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay at home and get in touch with us to change your pass to an online conference ticket type.

What are Scotland's COVID-19 guidelines?

Read Scotland's COVID-19 guidelines