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Cheap Train Tickets to Glasgow

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Cheap Trains to Glasgow

"Glasgow is regenerating and evolving at a dizzying pace - style cats beware, this city is edgy, modish and downright ballsy.” Lonely Planet

Once known as an Industrial city, Glasgow is now recognised for its culture and creativity. You might want to take in a match at Ibrox, visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum or tour the Glengoyne Distillery. Glasgow is an excellent destination with some of the UK's best attractions, ideal for families and groups of friends; it has one of the best live music scenes in the UK.

Tip 1 Get cheaper tickets by booking in advance
If you can book in advance, you are more likely to get cheaper train tickets to Glasgow. These cheaper fares are released up to 12 weeks before departure by train companies. The earlier you book, the more likely you will make significant savings as these fares can quickly sell out. If you can't plan ahead, you can purchase advance tickets up to an hour before travel if they are still available.
Tip 2 Reduce your fare by avoiding booking fees
Other retailers of train tickets charge a booking fee when you purchase tickets to Glasgow. Split My Fare only deducts 10% of any saving you make by splitting your ticket, and we don't charge for using your credit card. If we don't find you a split ticket, then you won't pay a fee.

The Science Centre is worth a visit if you have kids. The West End is a great place to spend your day with its parks, shops and restaurants.

Tip 3 Claim a refund when your train is delayed
Sometimes your train can, unfortunately, be delayed meaning you arrive at your destination late. With the Delay Repay scheme, you can apply for a full or partial refund of your fare when your train is over 15 minutes late into the station. The exact refund available depends on who you are travelling with so it is worth checking their policy and applying for the refund through them.
Tip 4 Stay away from busier routes and stations
To get a cheap train journey to Glasgow, it may be worth taking a quieter service to a less popular station. The price of train tickets is based on demand, so you may get a cheaper fare on a less active service. Stations in the city centre can be especially busy, so stopping at a quieter station just outside Glasgow could make your journey cheaper. Travelling during quieter off-peak hours will also save you money on your trip.
Tip 5 Book as a group to save money
You can get a Groupsave discount when you book train tickets with a group of 3-9 people. You will get a saving of 1/3 when you book and travel on an off-peak train together, and the discount is automatically applied. You can avoid having multiple paper tickets by collecting with e-Tickets and forwarding them to each person.

One of the most visited cities in the UK and the largest in Scotland, Glasgow is full of energy and life. The city is renowned for its architectural heritage dating back to the Victorian era and its rich art and music culture and as a modern-day shopping destination. Glasgow caters for everyone.

It is straightforward to navigate around Glasgow by public transportation or walking. Start your day with a Scottish breakfast from a restaurant in the famous George Square, a few minutes’ walk from Glasgow Central and Queen Street station.

Tip 6 Compare the price of single and return tickets
If you are taking a round trip to Glasgow, you may typically buy a return ticket. It is worth comparing the price of a return and two singles to see which combination is cheapest. Split My Fare automatically checks this for you and sells the combination of tickets that get you the cheapest train to Glasgow.
Tip 7 Take a slower train journey to save money
If you aren't in a rush to reach your destination, you may find it is cheaper to get a slower train. Using a less direct route, you can get lower-priced tickets, Split My Fare will show you these trains when cheaper. If you are in a rush, you can choose only to see the fastest trains to Glasgow.
Tip 8 Check how much a first-class ticket costs
Sometimes you can save money by booking first-class tickets to Glasgow. When the demand for first-class fares is low, train companies will reduce the costs to a similar or lower price. The added benefits are free food and drink and larger seats, so you will arrive in Glasgow feeling relaxed.

It is worth taking a quick walk from the centre to Glasgow Cathedral. Here you can find the tomb of St. Mungo, the founder and patron saint of Glasgow. Take a short visit to the neighbouring Museum of Religious Life and Art that exhibits statues and mummies and has a Buddhist courtyard. Near the museum is a Victorian garden cemetery with gothic-inspired sculptures by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. If you like Art, especially Van Gogh or Salvador Dali, you should visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, near the Partick and Kelvinhall stations.

Tip 9 Get a cheaper train to Glasgow by using a Railcard
Railcards give you 1/3 off rail fares, they are beneficial if you travel regularly. You can get additional benefits of free entry to attractions and shopping discounts.

Most railcards cost just £30. The Two Together Railcard gives two adults 1/3 off most fares.

The Family and Friends Railcard offers 60% off children's fares and 1/3 off adult fares for up to four kids and four adults.

The senior railcard offers 1/3 off, at a reduced cost of £70 for three years.

Disabled passengers can use the Disabled Persons Railcard, it is £30 and gives 1/3 off most tickets.

Other Railcards available include the Network Railcard, 16-25 Railcard and 26-30 Railcard.

You can find more details on the Railcard website, cards can be purchased at a National Rail Ticket Office.
Tip 10 Be flexible in your travel plans if you can
Another way to get cheap train tickets to Glasgow is to be flexible when you travel. If you are willing to look at different dates and times with our booking engine, you can easily find cheaper tickets. It is worth travel during the week if you can as trains tend to be more expensive at weekends.

If you want to have a few drinks, then make sure to head to the West End. There are lots of bars to choose from along Byres Road and Ashton Lane, near Hillhead Station. There are many pubs to fit your mood, be it laid-back or hip and trendy.

Main stations in Glasgow

Glasgow has numerous train stations, 7 in total, making it a very accessible city. Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street are the main terminals connecting with stations across the UK. If you are travelling to Glasgow by plane, there is a station at Glasgow Airport, and you can also take the train from the tourist destinations of the Exhibition Centre and Queens Park.

  • Charing Cross (Glasgow)
  • Exhibition Centre (Glasgow)
  • Glasgow Airport
  • High Street (Glasgow)
  • Queens Park (Glasgow)

Popular Routes to Glasgow

Most trains to Glasgow travel along the west coast, passing through cities such as Birmingham and Manchester. There are also regular trains from Edinburgh, connecting Glasgow with the East Coast. If you are unsure of which route to take to Glasgow, you can find more information by visiting the pages below.

Frequently Added Questions

How do I get to Glasgow by train?

There are two main stations in Glasgow, Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street which you can reach from all over the country. ScotRail operate the majority of trains serving the city.

How do you get cheap train tickets in Glasgow?

You can get cheap train tickets in Glasgow by splitting your ticket with us, buying in advance also helps.