The 19th World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (WCP2023) will take place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), located just outside Glasgow city centre in the west-end. The city of Glasgow itself, is in west central Scotland, United Kingdom. As Scotland’s largest city, it is easy to get to from the rest of the UK and from overseas by road, train, sea, and air.
Glasgow is well connected by train from across the UK by its two main stations:
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow to the south, included from London
Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Edinburgh and the north
A three-minute train ride will take you from Glasgow Central Station to the SEC’s own dedicated railway station – Exhibition Centre. There are six trains an hour (around every 10 minutes) from Glasgow Central station, departing from Platform 17 (low level).
If you arrive at Glasgow Queen Street Station, you’ll need to walk or get a bus to Glasgow Central Station first, and then catch the train to Exhibition Centre.
If you are planning a trip from London to Glasgow, check out the Caledonian Sleeper and arrive refreshed after a comfortable overnight journey.
You can travel to Scotland by ferry from the major ports of Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland. Ferries dock at Cairnryan in the southwest of Scotland, with a bus service taking passengers to the city centre in just over two hours.
You can also travel from mainland Europe, and arrive in either:
Hull in the northeast of England where it’s around a five hours’ drive to Glasgow.
Newcastle, which is around a two hours 40 minutes drive to Glasgow.
Glasgow has three international airports nearby, with connections across the UK and the world:
Glasgow Airport is the closest airport to the city centre. Catch the express bus service from outside the terminal and arrive in the centre of Glasgow in around 15 minutes. You can then catch the train from Glasgow Central Station to the SEC. Alternatively you can catch taxi, located just outside Glasgow Airport’s terminal building, which can take you straight to the SEC in around 15 minutes for roughly £20 – £25. Visit Glasgow Airport’s website for more information.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 32 miles (51km) from Glasgow. It is very accessible with train and bus services to the city centre. Visit Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s website for more information.
Edinburgh Airport is 39 miles (63km) from Glasgow. There is a direct bus service from the airport to Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station which takes around 1 hour. Visit Edinburgh Aiport’s website for more information.
Glasgow’s taxi drivers are some of the friendliest in the world. Glasgow Taxis operate five and six-seater cabs in and around the city. If their yellow light is on, they can be flagged down on the street, or alternatively, call +44 (0) 141 429 70 70 to book.
An average taxi journey from Glasgow city centre to the SEC is a short five-minute ride and will cost around £7.
An average taxi journey from Glasgow Airport to the SEC is about a 15-minute ride and will cost roughly £20 – £25.
There is a Glasgow Taxis pick-up and drop-off point outside the venue. Check out the Glasgow Taxis website for more information.
Coach operators run services from throughout the UK to Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station.
During your stay, we encourage you to go out and explore the welcoming and cultural city of Glasgow. It’s a compact city and it’s easy to find your way around, whether on foot, by bike or public transport.
Glasgow is a very walkable city, especially the city centre, so you can easily explore it on foot whilst taking in the beautiful buildings and architecture around you – don’t forget to ‘look up’ when you’re in the city.
Glasgow is home to a fantastic cycle hire scheme, operated by OVO Bikes. Visit OVO Bikes website to find out how it works.
For ideas of the best routes in the city and surrounding areas to follow by bike, check out the Sustrans website.
The subway is one of the easiest ways to get around the city centre, west end and southside of Glasgow. Running every four minutes at peak times, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations.
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the south, with Glasgow Queen Street Station operating routes mainly to Edinburgh and the north. Visit the ScotRail website for information on all routes and timetables.
First Bus Glasgow operates over 80 routes across the city and has a variety of tickets to choose from, including day tickets allowing unlimited travel in your selected area all day, or a weekly ticket if you’re staying here longer. For the cheapest prices, download the First Bus App where you can buy and store tickets on your phone, plan your journey in advance and track the arrival of your next bus.
First Bus also operate an express service between the city centre and Glasgow Airport with a journey time of around 15 minutes. Visit the Glasgow Airport website for more information.
City Sightseeing Bus
The City Sightseeing Glasgow open-top bus tour is one of the most convenient ways to visit Glasgow’s top tourist attractions and iconic sights. Stopping at the People’s Palace, Glasgow Cathedral, Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Clydeside Distillery, the hop-on-hop-off service is a fun way to enjoy the city.
The complete tour lasts approximately one hour and 25 minutes. Full accessibility for wheelchair users is available on all tours, with one dedicated wheelchair space available on the lower deck of each bus.
Glasgow’s taxi drivers are some of the friendliest in the world. Glasgow Taxis operate five and six-seater cabs in and around the city. If their yellow light is on, they can be flagged down on the street, or alternatively, call +44 (0) 141 429 70 70 to book. Check out the Glasgow Taxis website for more information.