PRACTICAL TIPS

Practical tips 

  • Most of the museums are free. Exception is the Glasgow Science Centre, and the Foundation Glasgow exhibition at The Lighthouse.glasgow_uk
  • If you want to take a bus you must stretch out your arm towards the street, otherwise the bus doesn’t stop!!  (There are too many bus stops for buses to stop at each one automatically.) map
  • The Subway is the easiest way to get around the City Centre and West End of Glasgow. Running every five minutes at peak times, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the fifteen stations and costs from as little as £1.40 for an adult single to travel anywhere else on the system.
  • The streets in the city centre are like in New York like a grid system. You can always find your way home where ever you are. To find the right way you can download the free offline app Citymaps2go.
  • The electric sockets are different from European ones. I would say to buy an adapter.British electrical plug and socket
  • In many shops, restaurants or buses there is free WiFi. (But in some places you must log in to a website!!)
  • If you are a student, you can get a student discount at many shops and attractions in Glasgow, if you can show a student or school id card.  Please ask – it’s worth it.
  • Glasgow’s timezone is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or one hour ahead of GMT, known as British Summer Time (BST), during the summer months.
  • The currency is Pound Sterling (£) and ATMs widely available. There are also a number of Bureaux de Change. Credit and debit cards accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Some smaller shops and guesthouse accommodation may only accept cash.
  • Spring (March – May) in Glasgow enjoys mild temperatures with the city’s parks and gardens filled with spring flowers. The summer months (June to September) can vary between mild and warm and sunny, with the advantage of up to 16 hours of daylight for visitors throughout the summer. Winters are colder, with a January average of 4.0°C (39°F) and occasional snow.
  • Watch out: In Scotland you are not allowed to buy alcoholic drinks before 10 am and after 10 pm.  Furthermore you may not drink alcohol in the public, and the clubs generally close every night at 3 o’clock.
  • Our hint for you:  If you are having a night out, I would suggest to you begin cosily at home to drink and celebrate.  After that go to town in time so as you not stand for closed doors!!
  • For more information about the transport click here.