Local transport

Getting to Glasgow’s West End


Hillhead Subway Station is located at the top of Byres Road and Kelvinhall is right at the very bottom, allowing you easy access to the whole area without having to worry about parking. A return ticket from anywhere in Glasgow is only £3 and it takes approximately 15 minutes to travel here from the city centre.

Park & Ride is available at Bridge Street, Kelvinbridge and Shields Road stations, allowing you to park your car all day get a return journey on the subway for only £5.

The subway runs from 06:30am to 11:45pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 6:12 on Sundays. Trains run every few minutes during peak times and 6-8 minutes during off-peak. Contact SPT for more information.


Several buses pass the top end and bottom end of Byres Road. Consult Traveline Scotland’s Journey Planner for a full list of services. Buses generally run later than the subway and allow you to travel beyond central Glasgow.


The closest train stations are Hyndland and Partick. You can walk from Partick to the bottom of Byres Road in about 10 minutes. ScotRail can provide you with train times. If you are getting a train that will arrive at Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen Street, the Buchanan subway station is just a short walk from both stations, which will take you straight to the West End.


There are several metered car parks in the Byres Road area. At the University of Glasgow there is limited parking available on campus, so you may wish to plan for an alternative transport option.



Glasgow City Council has information on their website detailing cycle routes, parking and other things of use for the cyclist.

Following the West City Way, you can cycle to Kelvingrove Park from the Central Station on segregated cycle paths. There is bike parking in 14 places along Byres Road, including the corners of Vinicombe Street. Great George Street, Ashton Road and White Street. Nextbike, a cycle scheme with over 30 locations throughout Glasgow, has a station on University Avenue and outside the Botanic Gardens. With Next Bike, you can hire bikes in any hire location for £1 per 30 minutes.