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Getting around

Glasgow is compact and easy to navigate on foot, with many hotels within walking distance of the convention centre. There is an excellent public transport system and is the only Scottish city with a subway system.

Glasgow Central station is connected to the SECC by rail link (3 minutes), making transfers straightforward and efficient.


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Glasgow 15 minutes
  • Shuttle bus every 10 minutes, with stops at major hotels. 24 hour service.
  • Taxi
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Edinburgh 55 minutes
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Taxis in Glasgow are the most cost effective in the UK. A single journey from the city centre to the SECC costs approx. £5 with a journey time of 5-10 minutes. All taxis seat 5 people and there is a direct phone line to the taxi company available at the SEC.


The SEC (Scottish Event Campus) is conveniently situated for motorists, just off the M8 motorway and with plenty of parking.

Leave the M8 at junction 19 and join the westbound Clydeside Expressway (A814). Westbound on the Expressway (A814) take the cut off for the campus. Turn left at traffic lights and take the right lane to access multi-storey parking. View a map and directions.

Scotland has an extensive motorway network. Glasgow is linked to Edinburgh by the M8 and England via the M74. The M80 connects Stirling to Glasgow, while the M77 connects us to the west coast of Scotland.

Traffic Scotland provides up to date traffic and roadworks information.

The postcode for your satnav is G3 8YW.


The multi-storey is operated by City Parking LLP. A map and directions are here. Onsite pay machines are on the ground floor, or level 2 (walkway level) of the car park. Payment can be made by cash or credit/debit card on arrival or before departure.

Tariff Rates in the multi-storey Monday to Sunday are:

  • 0-1 hour £4
  • 1-12 hours £8
  • 12-13 hours £12
  • 13-24 Hours £16

Further information is available from the operator’s website.

The multi-storey has a height restriction of 1.9m. Drivers with vehicles over 1.9m should report to the Gatehouse to the west of the campus (accessed via Stobcross Road) in the first instance and you will be directed to an available space.


There are more than 20 direct trains per day from London. Direct trains from Edinburgh run every 15 minutes on weekdays. 

Scotrail is the main operator in Scotland and has information on the West Highland Line, the North Highland Line and Caledonian Sleepers (overnight trains from Scotland to London). Check ScotRail’s latest timetables or download the ScotRail app by texting ‘ScotRail’ to 86688.

Once in the city centre, the SEC is a three-minute train ride from Glasgow Central. If you arrive at Queen Street, you’ll need to walk or get a bus to Central to continue your journey by train.

The SEC has its own dedicated railway station – Exhibition Centre – allowing easy access from the city centre and suburbs. There are six trains an hour (around every 10 minutes) from Glasgow Central station, departing from Platform 17 (low level).

Strathclyde Passenger Transport operates the Glasgow Subway providing quick and convenient connections from 15 points across the city (the St. Enoch stop is a few minutes’ walk from Central Station for onward transfer to the campus).

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