How to get around Glasgow and Edinburgh

From Glasgow Airport to Glasgow City Center (about 1/2 hour)

I would recommend taking the First Glasgow Aiport Bus (bus #500).  It is £7.50 one way, and I think it was  £10 “return” (which means round trip). https://www.firstgroup.com/greater-glasgow

gla-Airport-PipersIf you’re staying at the Piper’s Tryst, you get off at the Buchanan Station.  Then you would have about a 5 min walk to the hotel or there is a taxi stand right at the bus station, so you could take a taxi for the last bit.  If you want to walk, ask directions to the Piping Center, and if they don’t know where that is (really?) then ask for the Theatre Royal.  The Piper’s Tryst is right across the street from the Theatre Royal.

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If you’re staying at the Carlton George Hotel, you look for the George Square at Queen Street Station Bus Stop.

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This is right in front of the Laura Ashley – which is right next door to the Carlton George.

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Getting between Glasgow and Edinburgh

The cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are only about a 1.5 hour train ride apart. You can walk into the train station on the day of travel and pick up a train ticket for 12.60 GBP for off-peak or 13.90 GBP anytime from Glasgow Queen Street Station to/from Edinburgh Haymarket Station. All prices are from Jan 2017. (GBP is Great British Pounds or £ can be used for pounds and is the currency used in the UK including Scotland.)

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Traveling to Glasgow city center from Edinburgh Airport will take a bit longer. Since the trains don’t go to the airports, you will need to get from the airport to a train station.

From Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Center

In Edinburgh, you can go to Haymarket Station to catch the train. There are multiple ways to get from the airport to the city center:
1) Take a cab. This is the easiest but most expensive option – it will be about £20 but this does “not include any waiting time or parking charges”.
2) Take Uber. If you are already an Uber user, the same app works in Scotland. If you are not already using Uber, I wouldn’t advise using it for the first time over seas. Every time I used it over there, they called me to verify where to pick me up. This incurred charges on my mobile phone. This website https://www.uber.com/airports/edi/ tells you where and how to get picked up by Uber.
3) Take the Tram for £5.50. It depends on how tired you are when you get to the airport. If you are groggy, just pay for the cab or Uber. I personally prefer the Tram, edi-tram but it is a bit of a walk and you buy a ticket at a kiosk before boarding the tram. “Ticket vending machines accept most debit and credit cards (£3 minimum spend) as well as 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins. No change is given.”
4) Or you can take the Airlink Bus for £4.50.  You’ll have to ask how to get to Haymarket Station.

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The signage over there is really good. (I get annoyed when I’m back here and have to ask directions. Sorry the picture is blurry.)

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Catching the Train at Haymarket Station Edinburgh to get to Queen Street Station in Glasgow

This is really easy because the tram lets you off right in front of the train station is which above ground and not very busy.

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Inside the Haymarket Station in Edinburgh, buy tickets from a person through the glass doors,

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Arriving in Glasgow at Queen Street Station on the train from Edinburgh Haymarket Station

When you get off the train from Edinburgh in Glasgow at Queen Street Station, look for the Buchanan Street exit.
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When you get outside, make a left and go down the hill to George Street.

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To get to the Piper’s Tryst Hotel (or see where the shopping is) from Queen Street Station.

Check out this link:  http://www.americanholidayplanner.com/blog/queen-street-pipers-tryst/

To get to the Carlton George Hotel from Queen Street Station.

Turn right at the bottom of the street and the Carlton George Hotel will be just past the Laura Ashley.
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