Hotel and travel information for Glasgow

Information to help you make travel and hotel accommodations
Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland

Welcome to Glasgow

Glasgow is one of the most exciting cities you'll ever come across, a lively, bustling place, distinctive and full of character, where you are bound to get a very warm welcome indeed.

Read on for information about securing hotels and travel to the city and venue.

Important: Read about new travel procedures for entering the UK. There are some very specific steps and timelines to be followed.

Venue

Scottish Event Campus (SEC)
Glasgow, Scotland, G3 8YW

Plan your hotel stay

Reserve your hotel room in SPIE-contracted hotels for discounted rates. Attendees receive discounted convention rates by reserving their hotel room through the official housing reservation system for SPIE Photonex + Vacuum Technologies. See all your options and booking links below.

Getting there and around

Enjoy your time in Glasgow this September. Read below for more information about getting around the city, including information on:

  • Airport information
  • Public transit services
  • Car rental
  • Driving directions and parking
  • Tourist attractions

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Transportation information


Airport information

Glasgow is served by three international airports, with connections across the world.

Glasgow International Airport (GLA) is located just eight miles (13 kilometres) west of Glasgow City Centre and services over 130 direct flights from many UK and European cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Paris, London, Dublin, Belfast, Geneva and Reykjavik as well as Dubai with its connections onwards to Asia and Australasia; and major cities in The US and Canada.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) is 32 miles (51km) South West of the city. It's the main base for Ryanair and serves European destinations.

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is 39 miles (63km) from Glasgow and serves most major international airlines. You can get to Glasgow from the airport by either bus, train or taxi.


Public transit services

Glasgow International Airport: These are some of the most common connections. More information can be found at Scotland's public transport information website: Traveline Scotland

  • Airport buses run from the airport to Glasgow city centre up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and take approximately 25 minutes.
  • Glasgow Taxis on arrival at the airport - bookings can be made by calling +44 (0) 141 429 7070.
  • Glasgow Airport Taxis are located immediately outside the terminal building or can also be booked by calling +44 (0) 141 889 1813.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport: Getting to Glasgow city centre from Glasgow Prestwick Airport: Prestwick has its own train station, there are three trains per hour on weekdays and the journey to Glasgow Central Station takes around 50 minutes. Alternatively, it's an easy journey to drive via the M77 or there is early morning and late evening express bus service, the X99/X100, which takes an hour. You can book tickets here: Express Bus Service

Edinburgh Airport: Scottish Citylink provides direct bus services from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow's Buchanan Bus Station every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can catch a bus or taxi to Edinburgh Haymarket and then catch a train to Glasgow Queen Street Station. Lothian Buses provides public transportation to Edinburgh Airport with the Airlink100 express bus from Edinburgh city centre as well as local bus services. Glasgow Queen Street Station provides the main rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh, with 8 direct services per hour on weekdays.


Car rental

Information coming soon.


Driving directions and parking

SPIE Photonex + Vacuum Technologies and SPIE Satellites, Space and Sustainability meetings take place at the SEC (Scottish Event Campus), which is located just outside Glasgow city centre in the west-end. The campus is accessible by numerous transport options. For more detail, please visit: https://www.sec.co.uk/visitor-information/how-to-get-here.


Tourist attractions

Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. It's famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it's a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums such as the Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, and a thriving music scene. Over the last 20 years, Glasgow has also developed a great reputation for its vibrant gastronomic scene, having embraced the flavours and cuisines of the many nationalities who have made their home there. Visitors can “dine their way around the world,” choosing from native Mexican, Asian, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, African and American influences.