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Situated on the banks of the Clyde, Glasgow was once the shipbuilder of the world. Today it has established itself as Scotland’s cultural capital, with a thrilling blend of prestigious museums and art galleries, high-end dining and exciting nightlife.
This compact city is easy to get around – which means that after your flight lands you shouldn’t have too much trouble squeezing in everything from beautifully-preserved architecture to stunning urban parkland.
Forget the weather – there’s a reason to visit Glasgow at any time of the year, come rain or shine!
You can expect better weather from May until September, but Glasgow prides itself on being a city that confounds expectations. Nevertheless, this is the busiest tourist period for the city, particularly during the school holiday months of July and August. This is when flight prices will be at their highest, so book as far in advance as possible.
Winter in Scotland can be bitingly cold and, due to its northerly location, night falls surprisingly early. Flights tend to be at their cheapest here, except for when the Great Scottish Run takes place in October or around the Christmas and Hogmanay festivities.
Glasgow is a beautiful place to visit during the spring, especially as the flowers emerge to decorate its abundant parkland. Flights remain cheap during this time except over Easter and in early April when the Glasgow Art Fair takes place.
Flexibility is key when trying to land a bargain flight to Glasgow, and there are many ways to search for flights flexibly with Expedia.
Here are some sample flight times from UK airports to Glasgow:
Glasgow Airport is the main airport serving Glasgow, and the only one that accepts domestic flights. It is situated about seven miles away from the city centre. As the second busiest airport in Scotland you can expect to find everything you need within the airport.
The busiest routes using the airport are those between Glasgow and London's airports so, if you're flying from London, do bear in mind that the high demand for these flights means you should book your ticket as early as possible to get the best price.
Getting into Glasgow from the airport is simple. Taxis will happily drop you off – and it’s only a short hop to the centre – and there are plenty of car hire options available in the arrivals hall. Alternatively, for around £5 you can take the Glasgow Shuttle to the city or jump on the 747 First bus.
The carriers offering cheap flights to Glasgow include:
Glasgow is an easy city to explore and most things can be reached by foot. However, should you need them, there is a comprehensive, 24-hour bus network, the option to hop on and off the City Sightseeing Glasgow bus, a limited subway system and trains that run from Queen Street Station or Central Station if you are heading further afield.
In summertime the River Link Ferry offers a scenic way to see the sights of Glasgow from the Clyde. And, for a journey you’ll remember for a long time, there are affordable seaplane fares to take you on a 40-minute round-trip between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.
George Square, lined with statues of prominent Scottish figures such as Sir Walter Scott, dominates the city centre and buzzes with activity throughout the year. Nearby the Style Mile is a shopaholic’s paradise.
Head over to the East End for Glasgow’s Creative Quarter. Thronging with artists’ studios, classy cafes and bohemian bars, here you can drink in the atmosphere before you smell the hops on a brewery tour.
Catch up on Glasgow’s history in the centre of its contemporary cool, the district of Finnieston. Zaha Hadid’s award-winning Riverside Museum traces Glasgow’s path from pre-war shipbuilding powerhouse to the present day.
Stroll away from the centre to explore Southside, one of Glasgow’s most scenic areas. There are gorgeous parks and the stunning Govanhill Victorian swimming baths to discover. Football fans can visit the Hampden Experience, which explores the history of Scottish football over 2,500 exhibits in the national stadium.