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A Clockwork Orange

The Glasgow Subway is the 3rd oldest underground rail network in the world, following London and Budapest, and this is a little introduction on what you'll be faced with when you get here.

As many may be aware already, it's known here as the 'Clockwork Orange' mainly because of the colour of its older trains. The great thing about the Glasgow Subway is that it's extremely easy to follow, and that despite how dark and cavernous some of the stations might look, actually it's the most convenient, cheap and fastest way to get about the City Centre & the West End of Glasgow.

Finding your way around the simple Glasgow Subway map is easy peasy! There's only two circles, an inner and an outer. At every station you'll find a big map of the Glasgow Subway, and all you need to do is pick one of the 15 stations that'll take you to nearest where you're going, look at which circle it's on, and jump the next train that's on that line.

Don't worry about this however. If you get confused and end up on the wrong line, bear in mind that it's just a circle. Every train takes about 24 minutes to get around the whole line. So if you go the wrong way it won't take you long to be taken back to where you want to go anyway. Now what other underground network elsewhere can do that for you?

Another great point about the Glasgow Subway is that price isn't based on the length of your journey, and you'll see the very simple fare guide at each station. A good idea if you'll be here for a while is to pick up at any of the stations a Discovery Ticket. With this you'll be given a leaflet showing the best attractions, tourist info etc. that'll help you plan your day. The ticket allows you to travel unlimited round the Glasgow Subway if your journey starts after 9.30am. Alternatively, you could also pick up a 10 or 20 journey pass or the season tickets.

The trains run very frequently throughout the day, and at night you'll find a bus service that runs until the morning, stopping at each station at the same frequency as the trains do during the day.

The Glasgow Subway is also pretty famous for the 'Glasgow Subcrawl', which is a favourite past-time for students, stag & hen do's and Christmas revellers. It involves the basic idea that you buy an unlimited ticket, and head round each of the 15 stations on the Subway, stopping at the closest bar at each station for a pint or other alcoholic drink, until you go full circle and end the night in a club to celebrate your success. Believe me when I say that it's a brilliant laugh - just don't assume you'll remember how you managed it!

So I hope this little guide introduces you to the Clockwork Orange. I go into it in a little more detail in my site, but would be happy to answer any queries you might have on travelling on it when you get to Glasgow.

Scott Docherty lives happily in Glasgow, and is the owner of Top Ten Glasgow Guide & its popular Lobey Dosser Tribute Blog - Have you kept in touch with Glasgow?

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