Cheap Flights to Glasgow
Glasgow Airport (GLA) serves the west of Scotland and is the primary direct long-haul and transatlantic gateway into the country. Situated in the city of Paisley, which neighbors Glasgow, the airport is close to an 18th-century Victorian town hall, the Paisley Museum of Art and the 12th-century Paisley Abbey. The airport is less than 7 miles from Glasgow city center, with its museums, heritage architecture and vibrant social scene.
Glasgow Airport has a main terminal building with three arrival and departure piers. While the East Pier handles low-cost airlines as well as flights to Ireland, the Central Pier accommodates domestic flights. International flights arrive and depart from the West Pier. The airport is the hub for Loganair, a Scottish regional airline. Major air carriers providing year-round flights to Glasgow Airport include British Airways, Emirates, KLM and United Airlines. The airport is also served by low-cost airlines such as Eurowings, Flybe and Ryanair. You can travel from the airport to the city center by Glasgow Shuttle Bus, on the local surface bus and by taxi, which has an average fare of approximately $30.
Attractions in Glasgow
Flights to Glasgow enable you to visit many of the city’s popular attractions, such as the beautiful Botanic Garden and the Scottish Football Museum at the national stadium. Glasgow is also home to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Burrell Collection and the St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art. Housed in a landmark Victorian edifice, Kelvingrove contains one of the finest collections in Europe. In addition to artifacts and natural history specimens, it also boasts impressive works of art like Salvador Dali’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross”. Encompassing over 9,000 works, including “Roses in a Champagne Glass” by Manet, the Burrell Collection is one of Glasgow’s top attractions.
St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art is housed in the reconstructed bishop’s palace that once stood in the courtyard of the 12th-century Gothic Glasgow Cathedral. Elsewhere in the city, the country’s oldest public museum, the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery features an exhibit detailing Roman life in Scotland, a world-famous collection of works by Whistler and the Mackintosh House, which highlights the life of architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A unique attraction is the S-shaped Tradeston Pedestrian Bridge over the River Clyde, colloquially known as the “Squiggly Bridge.”
Hints and Tips for Visiting Glasgow
Glasgow’s maritime climate is responsible for the city’s temperate weather. The average winter high is 46 degrees Fahrenheit. The city receives more than 1,260 hours of sunshine annually. Although the average summer high is 65 degrees, the temperatures can reach the high-80s. In addition to visual arts and pipe bands, the city hosts international festivals dedicated to comedy and film. Local festivals in the West End and Merchant City celebrate cuisine, theater and fashion. You can enjoy concerts, football and other sporting events in Celtic Park and Hampden Park. A couple can enjoy a full meal at one of the city's many pubs and casual restaurants for less than $20.
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