Queen Street Station
Queen Street Station
Why Glasgow?


Glasgow has the scale and capacity of infrastructure to access much wider markets and also achieve regional resilience.

An important node in the European airport network, Glasgow’s international air connectivity is very high by global standards. Glasgow is a gateway city, home to the UK's second busiest railway station outside of London. It is also a first adopter with the highest long-range IoT coverage and 3G/4G signal strength among UK core cities while driving the development of next generation 5G networks through the lion's share of active projects nationally.

Located on the River Clyde in west-central Scotland, Glasgow sits at the centre of Scotland’s only metropolitan region.  

With a population of 1.8m the Glasgow City Region is a key driver for both the Scottish and the UK economies. As a result, Glasgow benefits from a well-developed transportation network that ensures excellent access and connectivity. From Glasgow it is easy to do business in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Airport Connections to Glasgow…

15 mins

to Glasgow Airport

from Glasgow City Centre

45 mins

to Glasgow Prestwick Airport

from Glasgow City Centre

1 hour

to Edinburgh Airport

from Glasgow City Centre

Glasgow Airport

Glasgow is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport as well as Scotland’s largest charter hub. 

Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure. 

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flights (2023)


passengers (2022)


airlines operate from the airport

covering 28 countries and 165 routes

2 hour

flight to most European destinations

1 hour

flight to London


daily flights to/from London 

Destinations worldwide, include:

  • Europe
  • USA
  • Canada
  • The Middle East
  • The Gulf 
  • Asia 
  • The Caribbean


Scotland’s trunk road and motorway network connects its cities, towns, airports and ports enabling the movement of people, goods and services.

The roads are well maintained and, in general, the traffic density is lighter than other parts of the UK. Glasgow is served by four motorway systems which efficiently connect the Glasgow City Region and beyond.

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Glasgow has the UK’s largest suburban rail network outside London. Its biggest rail station, Glasgow Central, handles 29m passengers per year and offers connections to all parts of the UK. 

Queen Street Station, the smaller of the city's two main line railway termini and the third busiest station in Scotland, has just completed a £120m improvement programme in 2021.

Over 75% of ScotRail journeys are using zero emission trains helping Glasgow to reach its ambitious target of becoming a net zero city by 2030.


trains per day direct from Glasgow to London Euston


trains per day from Glasgow to Edinburgh (Waverley station)

Travel Durations

50 minutes

to Edinburgh

3 hrs 30 m

to Manchester

4 hrs 30 m

to London


Over £59 million has been invested in new fully electric vehicles by First Bus (Glasgow's largest bus operator) with a zero-emission fleet of 200 now operating in the city. 

The First Glasgow network consists of more than 100 bus routes that allows customers to make over 90 million passenger journeys each year.

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Glasgow’s underground subway has recently undergone a £300m refurbishment. 

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Peak times

trains every 4 minutes


trains every 10-12 minutes

Digital Connectivity

Advanced and reliable digital connectivity infrastructure makes Glasgow an excellent location of choice.

Glasgow is moving up the ranks as a UK digital infrastructure leader, with one of Europe’s largest city-wide full fibre rollouts. Today Glasgow is well on its way to being the best connected city in the UK with over 5,000km of planned and deployed full fibre digital infrastructure – underpinning Glasgow as a Smart Connected City - connecting public services including traffic lights and CCTV and providing the essential fibre foundation for the expanding 5G rollout. This guarantees that the city has a modern fit-for-purpose and future-proofed digital infrastructure with a number of infrastructure providers investing across the city, including CityFibre and BT. 

Fastest 5G

city in the UK and double Philadelphia (fastest US city)

ranked by aggregate 5G median download speed


5G projects at use case or deployment status across Glasgow City Region

representing two thirds of the national activity


UK core city for the quality of its mobile 3G/4G connection


Long Range (LoRa) IoT coverage of any UK city

99% coverage at 22 gateways across the city