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Travelling from the east of Scotland

Driving from the east of Scotland

From Edinburgh and the east the M8 motorway links directly to the centre of Glasgow.

Driving to this year's Games is not advised due to lack of parking opportunities at venues, Blue Badge allocations and limited Park & Ride spaces. For this reason we recommend that you plan your journey around Glasgow via walkingcycling or using public transport in advance. 

For real time travel information on all of Scotland’s trunk roads, including cross-border information to the North of England, visit Traffic Scotland, or access it via the Traveline Scotland app. For information on Scotland’s trunk road network visit Transport Scotland.

To find out the carbon cost of driving around Scotland visit the Traffic Scotland Carbon Calculator. Increasing the number of occupants in a car can reduce your carbon footprint substantially, so why not consider journey sharing?

Travelling by rail from the east of Scotland

Glasgow Queen Street Station provides the main rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are approximately eight direct services per hour at present, with plans for these to increase to 13 by 2014.

There is also a limited service between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central Station. Edinburgh serves the East Coast Main Line for services from London Kings Cross via Newcastle, York and Leeds, checking the East Coast Trains site is worthwhile. ScotRail has announced it will be providing additional late night services to Edinburgh, Falkirk and Airdrie.

Travelling longer distances by bus from the east of Scotland

First BusMegabusScottish Citylink, and National Express all offer direct bus services from the east of Scotland to Glasgow. All provide a direct service from Edinburgh and Scottish Citylink also stops at Harthill in North Lanarkshire (and Baillieston).

First Bus offers several services from towns such as Falkirk in the east of Scotland to Glasgow. 

Megabus will run extended services from Edinburgh, Dundee and Stirling during the Games.

Stagecoach provides an express service to Glasgow from towns in Fife including St Andrews, Leven and Kircaldy. The service runs via Dunfermline and Cumbernauld bus stations en route to Glasgow.

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