We live about 45 minutes out of Glasgow City by bus or 15-20 minutes by car/taxi. A daily bus ticket (unlimited trips) costs about £4.30 or £48 for a 4-week ticket. A one-way taxi costs about £15, more after 10pm or on bank holidays. A train ticket is about £3.30 one-way and you have to make your way to your final destination (by walking, bus or taxi) as train stations are further apart than bus stops. Depending on how you travel, buying a weekly, 4-weekly or annual ticket will save you lots of money.
- Scot Rail – Over 50’s get 10%-20% discount on advance purchase tickets and off-peak rail fares with Club 50 membership.
- Young Scot Card – free if you live in Scotland and are aged between 11 and 25. You’ll get discounts off your rail tickets, bus and ferry tickets. You can use it as a proof of age card (great if you are 18yo or over and want to buy alcohol and don’t have other ID that you want to carry around with you). It will also give you discounts on other things like food and movie tickets.
- Glasgow Hop On and Hop Off Bus – just for the fun of it.
Clockwork Orange – Subway
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) runs the Glasgow Subway and the city’s buses…
- The fifteen stations of the Subway are distributed over a 10 km circuit of the West End and City Centre of Glasgow, with eight stations to the North of the River Clyde and seven to the South. There are two lines: an outer circle running clockwise and an inner circle running anticlockwise.
Save with Smart Card, Zone Cards and Season Passes
SPT offers a Smart Card to electronically load your fares onto. An all-day ticket for the subway with a Smart Card is £2.70 (a paper ticket will cost you £4) and a 7-day all-day ticket on the Subway with a Smart Card is £13 (paper tickets are only for one day, so £4 x 7 days = £28).
- If you buy a three-zone card with two G zones, you can travel in all G zones without further charge. Fares as at 8/6/16 were £24.40 for the week. Check out the cost of zone cards here.
- You have to pay for zones you travel through to get to your destination. For example, living in Shawlands and travelling from Crossmyloof train station to East Kilbride train station for work would require a three-zone Zone Card (G2, G4 and H2). You could then also use the Subway and any train or bus in the other G zones, anytime of the day, several times a day, for seven days in the week.
- Beware, if you lose your Zone Card it cannot be refunded. If you want security of your fare – consider an ordinary Smart Card.
ScotRail offer Season Passes to save at least 20% on your fares. You can also get Flexi Passes for say 10 return trips over a month. There are other discounted fares, depending on your unique circumstances.
ScotRail offers Travel Passes for extended tours.
- Central Scotland Rover: Three days of unlimited travel over seven consecutive days between Edinburgh and Glasgow and on the Glasgow Underground for £36.30 (8/6/16). 50% discount for children aged 5-15.
- Highland Rover: Get four days unlimited travel over eight consecutive days across the North and West Highlands for £81.50. See the unforgettable Isle of Skye and kick back in the village of Invernie in Britain’s most remote pub. Includes train, ferry and coach travel. Link to route map.
- Spirit of Scotland: Includes train, ferry and coach travel covering the whole country. Choose from four days unlimited travel over eight consecutive days for £134.00 or eight days unlimited travel over 15 consecutive days for £179.70. Link to route map.
East Kilbride to Glasgow Central: 32mins (Express 27mins) = Return £6.30 return (equiv $255fn AUD for 2 people, 5 days wk). Cheaper if you get a Season Pass or some other discount ticket.
Example route: Patterton to Glasgow Central: Approx. 25mins = Return 5.20GBP (equiv $211fn AUD for 2 people, 5 days wk). Cheaper if you get a Season Pass or some other discount ticket.
Commuting between Glasgow & Edinburgh
Looks like commuting from Glasgow to Edinburgh on the train – or even on the bus each day – would be a nightmare and best avoided.
An example train route from Williamwood to Edinburgh Waverley is too long and too expensive: 1hr 45mins – £25.50 return each day =£255 fn each (equiv. $518 AUD fn per person). Cheaper if you get a Season Pass or some other discount ticket: 50 Journey Flexipass: 50 single journeys over one year between Edinburgh and Glasgow and even an annual pass to reduce your fare down to about £15 return (5 days a week spread out over 48 weeks).