Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF) is the biggest of its kind in Europe, in 2017 there were over 81,000 tickets sold for 470 shows taking place at 50 venues all over the city! So, whether you’re a seasoned GICF visitor, performer or a newcomer, you might want to look at planning your trip to make the most of the festival in 2018.
Recently voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guides poll and named a must visit destination by leading publications like the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust, Glasgow’s earned its reputation as one of the world’s greatest cities. You can expect a very warm welcome and when you add world-class architecture, a vibrant nightlife, breath-taking scenery, outstanding shopping, and not to mention endless comedy (!), you’ll never want to leave!
Getting to Glasgow
Glasgow is at the heart of Scotland’s motorway network, accessible from all areas of the country. 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.
From Inverness and the Highlands, take the A9 trunk road to Perth followed by the M9 and the M80 motorway to Glasgow. From Fort William, Oban and the north-west the A82 trunk road passes Loch Lomond and leads directly into the centre of Glasgow.
Central Glasgow can be accessed from Aberdeen and Dundee (in the north east) via the A90 trunk road to Perth, followed by the M9 then the M80 motorway to Glasgow.
From Edinburgh and the east the M8 motorway links directly to the centre of Glasgow. Public transport routes are frequent and are an easy travel option.
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Getting to Glasgow by train is easy.
There are regular services to Glasgow Queen Street from all Scottish cities.
Glasgow has the second largest urban rail network in the UK, with fast and frequent services to Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central stations.
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Travelling from England
From England the M6 motorway leads into the M74 at the Scottish Borders. The M74 serves Dumfries and the Borders as well as Motherwell and Hamilton and is the direct link to the centre of The two main railway hubs serving the city are Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station. The West Coast Main Line terminates at Glasgow Central Station, linking Glasgow to London Euston along the west coast of mainland Scotland and England via Preston, Carlisle and Motherwell. There is currently a direct service to Glasgow Central Station from London Euston every 40 minutes, with Virgin Trains, and there are now direct rail links between Birmingham and Glasgow Central Station running every two hours.
Glasgow Queen Street station also links to the East Coast Main Line via Edinburgh. The East Coast Main Line runs from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross via Newcastle, York and Leeds. Trains from Edinburgh run regularly and travel time takes approximately 50 minutes.
Glasgow Airport serves most major international airlines. Glasgow Airport lies around 25 minutes from Glasgow City Centre.
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Travelling from Northern Ireland
P&O Ferries is delighted to be supporting the 2017 Glasgow International Comedy Festival. Taking place in a fantastic city with so much to see and do, this year’s event is even more jam packed than in previous years with an exciting line up of world class comedy acts.
They currently operate the shortest, most frequent crossings between Northern Ireland and Scotland and with more sailings to choose from and lots to do on-board, travelling to Scotland has never been easier than with P&O Ferries!
So why travel with P&O?
- 7 sailings a day
- 2 hour crossing
- No baggage restrictions
- Improved road network (A8) linking Port of Larne to Belfast
- Club lounge upgrades available
- Free WIFI
- Improvements to seating, kids area, food menus, and shopping
- Ease of embarking and disembarking
- Seamless check in process
Crossings to Scotland start from £74 each way for a car & driver. We look forward to welcoming you on board and setting sail in style.
Visit POferries.com for further information.
Getting Around Glasgow
Glasgow is an easy city to find your way around. Built on a grid system, it’s simple to navigate, either on foot or public transport. For more information on getting around Glasgow you can visit: