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Jungfraujoch Mon 10-Mar-14 20:12:49

Thinking about trekking up Ben Nevis later this year. I'll be flying into Glasgow airport but despite some Googling I'm a bit confused how I then get to Fort William!!

Is there a train direct from the airport or do I have to get into Central Glasgow and catch another train out?

Any advice/help appreciated. Thanks.

Jungfraujoch Mon 10-Mar-14 20:44:15


There is a bus link to Paisley Gilmour Street station, and then I think you have to go to Glasgow Queen street to get the train up to Fort William - it is less than 10 minutes walk, and there is a free shuttle bus between the two.

Sorry - I should have said you get the train from Paisley to Glasgow Central.

If you wanted to leap in a cab, it is not a long trip - maybe a tenner - I will check that with dh when he is off the phone.

expatinscotland Mon 10-Mar-14 20:50:25

You need to get a bus from the airport to Paisley Gilmour Street Station. From there you go into Glasgow. There is no train to the airport.

Ubik1 Mon 10-Mar-14 20:51:45

I think black cab to central station from airport is around £25 then pick up the train from there. Be sure you get a window seat.

Jbck Mon 10-Mar-14 20:51:51

You can get the airport bus to Central Station then the shuttle between both and the train to Fort William from Queen St.

KatoPotato Mon 10-Mar-14 20:52:15

There's a train that runs to aviemore/fort William from Glasgow queen street station

KatoPotato Mon 10-Mar-14 20:53:00

The airport bus runs to queen street.

Dh says get the 500 Airbus to the centre of Glasgow, which drops either out of the front of Queen Street, or at a side entrance.

Dh says check your trains as there aren't many to Fort William each day - we can find out more, if you want.

Roseformeplease Mon 10-Mar-14 20:53:37

One bus a day direct from the airport to FW. See citylink. Takes about 3 hours. The train takes longer but is VERY scenic. Other coaches you go into Glasgow Buchanan St Bus Station then out again.

Or sleeper from London to FW.

500 Airbus details. This is your most direct route.

Jungfraujoch Mon 10-Mar-14 21:03:06

Thanks all for answers!!

STDG- I'm looking at travelling to Fort William on a Friday in September and then back on Sunday. If you could advise on times that would be great thank you? I'm a bit confused that there seems to be a normal train and a more scenic, special one in the summer months - or have I got that wrong?

NettoSuperstar Mon 10-Mar-14 21:08:21

If you can't sort out transport to Ben Nevis, than I'd advise not climbing up a big hill.

Jungfraujoch Mon 10-Mar-14 21:18:13

Netto I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or joking. smile

The September services are not on the web yet but to give you an idea weekdays 0903, 1221, 1821 x Queen Street journey times about 3h 40mins. Sunday return currently 1140 and 1737 x Fort William similar journey times. You need to check train times nearer the time - they are on web 12 weeks ahead but will have timetables at change date 17th May.

Not sure what you've seen re summer but there is a summer steam service - I think FW-Mallaig and vv - different and pricier tickets. Not sure if it runs as late as September.

Jungfraujoch Mon 10-Mar-14 21:31:13

Thanks so much SDTG that's really helpful!

You're welcome. Fort William is lovely - we spent a fortnight on holiday up there some years ago - and the rail trip up from Glasgow takes in some lovely scenery, especially the bits that are away from the road - like Rannoch Moor.

3nationsfamily Tue 11-Mar-14 09:34:09

Just check for Sunday services as they will be significantly reduced from the weekday timetable.

luckyjazz Tue 11-Mar-14 14:31:48

If you can stay a bit longer and get the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig for the day, it goes over the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films and is a magical journey, voted one of the best train journeys in the world I believe.

Roseformeplease Tue 11-Mar-14 18:55:23

The steam train does run to Mallaig in September. Unless you are a steam nut, save the fare and go on the normal train - same views, much cheaper.

Train times rarely vary at all, in my experience (and I live on that train line).

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