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If you’re staying somewhere central, you’re bound to end up on the Subway - Glasgow’s Underground railway. The Subway is the third-oldest Underground railway in the world (and the trains are very small); it has only one circular line and just 15 stations. St Enoch and Buchanan Street stations are in the heart of the city centre (Buchanan Street connects with Queen Street main line railway station). Cowcaddens stations is the nearest to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed School of Art. Hillhead station is on Byres Road in Glasgow's bustling and trendy West End - the University of Glasgow is nearby. Kelvinhall station is near the city's main Art Gallery and the Transport Museum. Save money and buy a day ticket – it’s the same price as a return.
The principle bus operator in the city is First Glasgow, timetables and route plans are available from their site. You can buy a day ticket which can be used as often as you want for that day and which is very reasonable if you want to use the bus several times; this ticket would be valid on their 747 service from Glasgow Airport. Drivers can accept exact change only, but unfortunately there is no way of telling how much the journey will cost until your are on the bus (unless you take the day ticket, the price of which is written on the side of most buses). When in the city centre make sure that you are standing at the right stop for your bus (often there are several stops in the same street because there are so many buses!) and also put your hand out to "hail" the bus you want as it comes towards you - otherwise it won't stop!
Glasgow is also well served by a local train service from both Queen Street and Central stations. Pollokshaws West station is the nearest station to the city's excellent Burrell Collection art gallery (with approximately 4 trains per hour from Central station).
If you’re planning on going further afield – to say the Ayrshire coast or Balloch (the start of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park), consider an SPT Daytripper ticket which is valid on rail, underground and most buses throughout west central Scotland (old Strathclyde Regional Council area). It is particularly good value for those traveling with kids, as 2 adults and up to 4 children can travel on just one ticket. The Roundabout day ticket valid on some of the suburban rail network (as well as the whole of the Subway) is useful if you plan to make several trips during the one day within Glasgow itself or neighbouring towns.
For trip planning assistance, try Traveline 0871 200 22 33. Rail enquiries are answered, 24 hours a day, on 08457 48 49 50 (or +44 207 278 5240 from overseas). The Glasgow Bus Timetable web page has up-to-date timetable information on all the bus operators in the Glasgow area as well as links to other public transport resources. The other useful online travel resource is Traveline Scotland since this covers all public transport journeys through Scotland including bus, ferry, trains and underground.
Use Quickmap for getting around the City and wider area http://www.quickmap.com/snip3.htm. It is small enough for pocket or handbag, worthwhile enough for locals, simple enough for visitors.
Strathclyde Passenger Transport operate Buchanan Bus Station (near the Concert Hall) from where many of the long distance as well as local services depart/arrive.
If going further, for longer, consider the travel passes offered by First Scotrail and Citylink Coaches most of which are valid for travel during any four out of eight consecutive days. Two children (5-15) can now travel free during off-peak hours on First Scotrail trains if accompanied by a fare paying adult with a kids go free ticket.