Address: 153 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BJ
Tel: 0141 204 0444
Fax: 0141 248 6582
Admission: Rates shown below
Taking a sightseeing bus tour of Glasgow is absolutely the best, and probably the most fun way to see the city.
The tours have 21 stops around Glasgow, and stop at all the major tourist attractions within the city centre, the West End and a number of other areas (see a list of stops and what you can see and do at each of them below). There is guide on board each bus, and they also have a multilingual commentary system which will not only keep you entertained, but also well informed about the city.
The tours are not just aimed at tourists though. I took a tour last summer, and after living in Glasgow for 27 years still learned a few things about my beloved hometown. So no matter whether you’re looking for some history, brilliant shopping, or you’re just out to see what’s what in Glasgow, the Sightseeing Tours are definitely the best way.
One thing I would advise is to take clothing for every possible weather scenario. In Glasgow, as any Glaswegian will tell you, rain can appear at any minute. So if you’re on the top of the open top bus, you will get wet!
|Name||Things to see|
|1||George Square||City Chambers, Gallery of Modern Art, Tourist Information Centre, Queen Street Station, Trades Hall|
|2||Glasgow Cathedral||St Mungo Museum, Provand’s Lordship|
|3||Merchant City||Merchants’ Square, Ramshorn Theatre, High Street Car Park|
|4||Glasgow Green||Peoples Palace, The ‘Barras’ Market (Sat-Sun)|
|5||St Andrews Square||St Andrews in the Square, Strathclyde Police Museum|
|6||St Enoch||St Enoch Shopping Centre|
|7||George Square||City Chambers, Gallery of Modern Art, Tourist Information Centre, Queen Street Station, Trades Hall|
|8||St Vincent Place||The Lighthouse, Princes Square (shopping), Buchanan Galleries (shopping)|
|9||SAS Radisson Hotel||SAS Radisson Hotel, Glasgow Central Station, Pride o’ the Clyde Cruises, Jury’s Inn|
|10||Hotels||Marriott, Menzies, Hilton & Corus hotels|
|11||City Inn||Rotunda, Campanile Hotel Glasgow|
|12||SECC||Crowne Plaza Hotel, Science Centre, IMAX Cinema|
|13||Tall Ship||Glasgow Harbour, Heliport|
|14||Glasgow University||Hunterian Art Gallery & Museum, Charles Rennie Mackintosh House|
|15||Byres Road||Botanic Gardens, Oran Mor|
|16||Museums||Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Transport Museum, Kelvin Hall Sports Arena|
|17||Kelvin Park||Kelvingrove Park, Youth Hostel|
|18||Charing Cross||Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, The Mitchell Library, The Tenement House|
|19||Willow Tearooms||Glasgow School of Art, Centre for Contemporary Arts, McLellan Galleries|
|20||Theatres||Piping Centre, Theatre Royal, Pavilion Theatre, Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama|
|21||Royal Concert Hall||Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre, Buchanan Bus Station, Cineworld|
Buses leave every 15 minutes from George Square between the hours of 9.30 am and 4.30 pm (5.30 pm in summer). The buses all follow the same route, and get to each stop regularly. See the website for a full timetable, and you can click here to see a downloadable map which shows the bus route and all the stops in the city. And you won’t miss these buses – there certainly aren’t any others that look like them in the city!
Ticket prices are shown below. Each ticket is valid for 2 days, and you can hop on and hop off as many times as you like on each of those days.
|Ticket||Normal price||Online price|
|Senior Citizen (60+)||£7.00||£6.00|
|Child (Under 5)||FREE|
|Family (2 Adults + up to 4 Children)||£20.00||£19.00|
Book online at the official website.