Glasgow cityscape

Parallel CFD Conference 2017Travel, Accommodation and Visa Information

Glasgow River Clyde and Clyde Arc bridge


Compact and easy to travel around, Glasgow has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK, Europe and overseas, with London only an hour's flight away. It is just 40 minutes from Loch Lomond and 45 minutes by train to Edinburgh, meaning Glasgow is a prime location, no matter where you want to go.     

Glasgow has a well-developed transport system featuring two airports, numerous bus services and an extensive urban rail network.

  • Glasgow International Airport is 12 km away from Glasgow city centre. The airport bus is a fast and affordable transport option. Taxi will take around 15 minutes.
  • With most European destinations within 2 hours of Glasgow, this offers a short journey time and low cost travel
  • Delegates from North America can travel direct to Glasgow from a number of destinations including – New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Florida, Vancouver ...
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a 30 minute train journey from the city centre, arriving at Glasgow Central Station.
  • Glasgow has two large train stations, where delegates from all over the UK can travel to - Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station - both of which are a short walk to the Strathclyde campus
  • The M8 motorway passes through the city centre, providing convenient road access.

Detailed information on transport links can be found here.

A crowd moving against a background of an urban landscape

Visa Information

You will only need permission (known as 'entry clearance' or 'a visa') to come to the UK for a business visit of up to six months if you are a visa national. Currently 108 countries require a visa to enter the UK. You can apply for a visa within 3 months of intended date of travel at visa sections at UK embassies, high commissions and consulates and through visa application centres around the world. The visa is valid for 6 months.

If you are a non-visa national, permission to come for up to six months is not needed.