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  • Language
    English
  • Currency/Money
    Pound Sterling (£)

    ATMs are widely available. There are also a number of currency exchange offices. Credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Some smaller shops and guesthouses may only accept cash.
  • Time zone
    Glasgow’s time zone is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or one hour ahead of GMT, known as British Summer Time (BST), during the summer months.
  • Climate
    Spring (March to May) in Glasgow has mild temperatures with the city’s parks and gardens filled with spring flowers. The summer months (June to September) can vary between mild and warm, and are sunny, with the advantage of up to 16 hours of daylight for visitors throughout the summer. Winters are colder, with an average temperature of 4°C (39°F) in January and occasional snow.
  • Tipping
    There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in Glasgow. If you are happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is customary, particularly in restaurants or cafés. Tipping in bars is not expected. For taxi fares, it’s customary to round up to the nearest pound (£).
  • Smoking
    Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.
  • Telephone codes
    The U.K. country code is 44, while Glasgow landlines start with a 141-area code, followed by a 7-digit number. To call abroad, dial 00 before the area code.
  • Safety/Emergency services
    As with other major European cities, common safety rules apply. The center of Glasgow is very safe and you will likely not encounter any problems. During the day, Police Officers and Community Enforcement Officers are able to assist you if needed.

    In case of an emergency, the police, ambulance or fire brigade service can be contacted by telephoning 999.
  • VAT (Value Added Tax)
    All purchases—except for food, books and children’s clothing—are subject to a 20% VAT. The VAT is built into the price shown in shops. Visitors from non-European Union countries can claim a VAT refund from selected shops on goods to be taken out of the country under the Retail Export Scheme. You can find information on how to reclaim sales tax by visiting the HM Revenue & Customs website.
  • Driving
    Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road in Scotland. To drive in Scotland, you must have a valid driving license. A foreign license is valid in the U.K. for up to 12 months. It is compulsory to wear seat belts in the front seat and if your car has seat belts in the back, they must also be worn.
  • Airport
    Glasgow is served by three international airports, with connections to airports across the world. Glasgow Airport (GLA) serves most major international airlines. It’s located 8 miles (13km) west of the city. A one-way taxi can cost between £20 and £25 depending on time of day and the destination. For more information on local transportation options and getting around Glasgow, please click here.
  • Health
    No vaccinations are required for visiting Scotland. When travelling to Scotland from outside the U.K., make sure you know what emergency healthcare you are entitled to, what medicines you can bring into the country, what to do in an emergency, and what travel insurance you will need.
  • Electricity and conversions
    The standard voltage in Scotland is 240V AC, 50Hz. North American appliances need a transformer and an adapter; Australasian appliances need only an adapter. Plugs have three square pins and adapters are widely available.
  • Faith communities
    For information about faith communities and places of worship in the city of Glasgow click here.
  • Restaurants and shopping
    Glasgow’s social scene is vibrant, with food and drink available to suit all tastes and budgets. The popular travel magazine Wanderlust recently highlighted the city’s impressive gastronomic scene. Food is part of the city’s unique culture and there are many diverse neighbourhoods and districts where you can try delicious food.

    The biggest brands and major retailers can be found in Glasgow’s Style Mile, the square in the very center of Glasgow which features an extraordinary concentration of shops. There’s a great selection of shopping options in the Glasgow Style Mile, including malls, independent boutiques, designer stores, and much more. Over 200 stores are open until at least 7 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursdays, most stores are open until 8 p.m.

 

For more useful information about the city of Glasgow, please visit peoplemakeglasgow.com/visiting/useful-info.

 

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