Transport Infrastructure

Glasgow is Scotland's main centre, with excellent road, rail, shipping and air services.

All businesses benefit from the extensive public transport network of rail and bus routes which allows access to over 1.5 million people in a 45 minute travel to work area. This produces a large labour pool making it an excellent choice for company relocation.

The city's well developed transport infrastructure includes an underground rail system, providing close interchange with the suburban, national rail network and bus links.


Glasgow has three major international airports within 45 minutes of the city centre.

The terminals at Glasgow, Prestwick and Edinburgh offer a huge variety and choice to international and domestic travellers.

Glasgow Airport itself is only 15 minutes from the IFSD via the M8 motorway.

Handling over 8 million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport is home to over 30 airlines, servicing a total of 90 destinations".

International business travellers will be impressed by the high number of direct flights to important overseas destinations including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Geneva, Isle of Man, Jersey, Munich, Paris, Prague and Stockholm.

On the UK front, Glasgow Airport offers over 70 flights each week day to all the London airports, as well as connecting with a wide range of important regional business centres.


Located conveniently just a few hundred metres from the M8 motorway, the IFSD lies at the heart of a sophisticated roads network, linking Glasgow with all points north, south, east and west.

To the west on the M8 lies Glasgow Airport, some 15 minutes away and, to the east, the city of Edinburgh with its international airport, only 45 minutes away.

From the city centre, the M80 motorway offers rapid easy access north while the M74 is the major motorway linking Glasgow to the south and the M77 provides easy access to Prestwick Airport, only 40 minutes away from the IFSD.


With Glasgow's Central Station only yards away and Queen Street station a few minutes walk, the IFSD is exceptionally well served by rail links. Between them, the two stations offer excellent access to a huge range of destinations including London and four trains per hour on weekdays to Edinburgh, as well as great links north to Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

What's more, these two main line stations sit at the heart of Glasgow's suburban rail network, the largest of its type in the UK, outside London.

Further Information

If you have any queries or would like more information on the range of support available to financial services companies in Glasgow, then contact Jane Langan at Glasgow City Council on 0141 287 8615 or at

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