Travel from Glasgow International Airport
Updated on 8 January 2021
Dundee is approximately 80 miles from Glasgow International Airport, and can be reached by taxi, train, or bus
If you have not already booked travel for your return to, or arrival in Dundee, then please follow the advice of the First Minister not to travel until such time as you have face-to-face teaching or an essential reason to be on campus.
Many travel companies are running a reduced service due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are additional rules when using public transport:
- wear a face covering on all public transport
- respect social distancing, some seats may not be in use
- use contactless or mobile payments where possible
- follow any further instructions from travel companies
Rules or laws in Scotland may differ from those in other parts of the UK.
Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, we are offering entrant EU and International students up to £75 towards a taxi from Scottish airports or Dundee bus or rail stations.
For more information, see our Taxi transfer service guide.
There are two major airports in Glasgow, Prestwick is further from Dundee than Glasgow International.
There are direct buses and trains from Glasgow to Dundee throughout the day. Buchanan Street Bus Station and Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station are both located in the city centre (about seven miles away from the airport).
Travel to Glasgow city centre railway / bus stations
Coaches operated by Citylink and airport express service run from the Airport to Buchanan Street Bus Station, until 23:00. These are every 10-15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening. It costs £8.50 one way, and takes around 30 minutes.
A taxi from Glasgow Airport to Queen Street Station will cost approximately £20 depending on the time of day. These are available from outside the terminal, a short walk from UK arrivals.
Travel to Dundee by bus
The CityLink bus to Dundee is a stopping service which takes over two hours, it is therefore quicker to get the Aberdeen bus to Dundee even if you have to wait at the bus station.
The price of a single fare to Dundee on either CityLink service is around £18.60. You pay the driver in cash as you board the bus.
Megabus buses to Dundee must be booked in advance from their website and can be cheaper, however if you miss the bus you have booked you can not use your ticket on a later journey and will have to pay again.
Travel to Dundee by train
There are regular direct trains from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Dundee. Glasgow Queen Street is a main station with many facilities, such as places to eat, however you must keep your luggage with you at all times.
Glasgow Central Station is for trains to London via the West Coast of Britain. There are no trains to Dundee from Glasgow Central, only from Queen Street.
Trains run between 05:53 and 23.09 and the journey takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. The cost of a standard single fare from Glasgow to Dundee is £24.60. You must buy a ticket from a ticket machine on the concourse as there are ticket operated barriers to reach the platforms. Tickets will be checked by an inspector on the train who will validate your ticket on-board during the journey.
It can be cheaper to book your train ticket in advance and pick it up at the station using the credit card you used to pay as identification. Some advance tickets are only valid for particular train company services (e.g. ScotRail or Virgin Trains). Please read the details on the ticket website carefully before buying.
Travel to Dundee by taxi
Taxis are available outside the Glasgow airport terminal – check the comparison taxi site, minicabit.com for rates. Taxis cost from £143 upwards. This option is the quickest, but most expensive method of transport. If there are two or more students travelling together this may provide a cost-effective option.
On arrival in Dundee
- taxis are available outside the railway and bus stations
- fare is £5 - £8 to city campus
- let the taxi driver know the name of your accommodation (Belmont, Heathfield, Seabraes, or West Park) as they know the quickest routes to each
- you can also call the taxi company TeleTaxis on: +44 (0)1382 825825 or freephone +44 (0)800 123 4444.