Destination Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city is home to an array of remarkable museums, visitor attractions and galleries – housing one of Europe’s largest civic arts collections and a cutting edge contemporary visual arts scene that is envied across the globe. With its compact size,  Glasgow makes it easy for visitors to explore its diverse neighbourhoods, as well as the incredible range of built heritage.

Travelling to Glasgow

Glasgow is located in West Central Scotland. It’s the largest city in Scotland and is extremely well served by transport links, including three international airports within 40 miles of the city centre and only an hour’s flight from London.

By Air

Glasgow is accessed by three airports:
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Edinburgh Airport

By Train

Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to all UK cities south of Glasgow. Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Central and Northern Scotland. Learn More

More Travel Options

More information on getting to Scotland and getting around Glasgow, visit Traveline Scotland


SEC Centre

The SEC has infinite flexibility in its meeting spaces, a stunning riverside location minutes from the city centre and two iconic venues.


Hotel rates and booking options:

We have a wide range of hotel accommodation to suit every budget, from 4⋆ international brands, to local budget hotels. To book your hotel:

  • click on the green ‘book now’ button
  • enter your check in and check out dates
  • sort the available hotels by distance to the SEC / hotel name / price
  • select the hotel to wish to reserve and enter your basic information to reserve

Please note: rates include 20% VAT

Travel Tips

Check out the various route options to Glasgow – many of which are more cost effective than a direct flight. There are regular flights through London, Dublin and Reykjavík.  There are also internal UK flights to Glasgow from most major UK cities

Flying into Edinburgh and taking a short train ride to Glasgow may be a cheaper option and provides the opportunity to see the country side!

There are direct trains to Glasgow from many UK cities including London, Manchester and Birmingham, which if booked in advance can be very cost effective!

Book your accommodation soon!  ICIS has partnered with Glasgow to offer multiple hotel options throughout the city and budgets.  Glasgow is busy in the summer so book early to avoid disappointment

Finally, we have a room share form if you are looking to share accommodation costs.  Simply complete the form linked below and access will be provided to view others who may be looking to share

Room Share

Interested in finding fellow delegates to share hotel rooms with during ICIS 2020? If so, please fill out our Roomshare form

Passports & Visas

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. 

Local Info

There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in Scotland. If you are happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is customary, particularly in a restaurant or café with table service. Tipping in bars is not expected. For taxi fares, tipping is at your discretion.

Great British Pound – GBP £, Sterling. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, post offices, travel agents, bureau de change kiosks and some hotels throughout the city. Credit cards are widely accepted in Glasgow and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) or cash machines can be found throughout the city.

All purchases in Britain, with the exception of food and books, are subject to VAT, which increases the cost of an item by 20%. This is already included in the price shown in shops. Visitors from non-EU countries can claim a refund of VAT from selected shops on goods to be taken out of the country under the Retail Export Scheme.

The UK drives on the left hand side of the road. To drive in the UK, you require to have a current driving licence.  A foreign licence is valid in the UK for up to 12 months.

Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly-enclosed public areas.

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 3 square pins and adapters are widely available.

Glasgow is one of Scotland’s milder areas with temperatures usually higher than most places of equal latitude away from the UK, due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream.

Summer is warm and has the added benefit of 16 hours of daylight.

Include smart casual clothes for the conference. Smart attire is recommended for the Opening Reception.