For many Glasgow locals (Glaswegians), life without the Glasgow Subway is unimaginable. First opened in 1896, this is unsurprising. However it's not just the longevity of our subway network that warrants its appeal, it's the cheapest, quickest and most reliable way to get around the city and close surroundings.
• It’s a circle of 15 stations around the centre, South and West of Glasgow
• Particularly useful for journeys between the West End and the City Centre
• There is an inner circle (running anti-clockwise) and outer line (clockwise)
• Easy to get the hang of and no complicated maze of separate networks
• It takes around 24 minutes to complete the full circuit
• Trains arrive every 6-8 minutes during regular hours
• Fast and regular so don't worry if its busy or you miss your stop
• Tickets can be purchased ticket office or from automated machines
• A day pass is around £2.60 or a single journey is £1.40.
• Smart-card (top-up tickets are available) and under 5s travel for free
Here's something handy - Glasgow subway map
Being the third oldest underground metro in the world (behind the London Underground and Budapest Metro), the Clockwork Orange (earning its name from the orange metro carriages and aforementioned reliability) still maintains a certain 'industrial' quality.
For newcomers to the Glasgow Subway can seem slightly foreboding and far less glamorous than the London Tube, however thanks to a Commonwealth Games multi-million pound renovation, the subway is a clean, quick and convenient way to get around Glasgow.
Our subway network does have its quirks and is much a part of the character of the city as Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Carriages are quite small or 'teeny', as we in Glasgow would call it, in comparison to other metro networks.
During the rush (commuting hours or during big sporting events) finding a seat may be difficult but the positive is you do have a fantastic chance to practice keeping your balance as the train 'shoogles' about.
The chance to have a conversation during journeys is somewhat limited, something you will quickly discover with your first experience. What can only be described as a roar as the trains hurtle between the stations combined with the shakes and sights go hand in hand with the charm of the Clockwork Orange and it's a truly 'Glasgow' experience.
Buchanan Street Station
Stop here for: The City Centre, Buchanan Street Galleries, Queen Street Railway Station, Buchanan Bus Station and Cineworld Cinema Glasgow
St. Enoch Station
Stop here for: The St. Enoch Centre, Argyll Street, Glasgow Central Railway Station and Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside
Stop here for: The Riverside Museum and Partick Railway Station
Stop here for: Byres Road, Ashton Lane, Botanic Gardens and the University of Glasgow
Stop here for: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow Climbing Centre and Bellahouston Park
Stop here for: Glasgow Science Centre, the Tall Ship and the 3D IMAX Cinema
Stop here for: Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, Sports, Kelvingrove Museum
Stop here for: The Citizen's Theatre and the 02 Academy
Hop-on hop-off Buses
The Hop-on, Hop-off Bus tour of Glasgow isn't just a great way to get around the top attractions in Glasgow, but is actually a very interesting, insider's guide to the city as well.
The main stop is from George Square in front of the Tourist Information Office. Taking in 24 stops along the specifically designed route through the wonderful Glasgow sights, the full tour last just under 2 hours.
The real plus of the Hop-on, Hop-off buses is precisely that; you are free to jump on one at any stop along the route and more than welcome to get off and explore the stops at your leisure. When you're ready to see the next sight, simply board another of the tour buses using the same ticket. In the spring and summer months they run every 30 minutes so you won't have to wait long for another one to come along.
Holiday Inn Express Glasgow sell tickets so you can pick one up at Reception prior to your journey. Don't worry about cramming every sight into one trip however; your tickets are valid for two days.
It's the most relaxing, convenient way to get to every main attraction in Glasgow and on a pleasant day some of the photo opportunities from the top deck are wonderful.
Audio guides are available in a range of languages (English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Spanish and Swedish) and on selected trips you will have a live guide to tell you all the tales of the great city of Glasgow.