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Glasgow
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Scotland
Population: 580.690
Major roads: M8, M73, M74, M77, M80
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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland.

Hitchhiking out

You can go just on any road towards the main motorway with a sign, saying for example M74 and you might get a lift easily. Glaswegians seem to be very friendly people - but like all Brits fear of hitchhikers seems common.

Direction Edinburgh

Although the 900 bus runs all the way to Edinburgh, they do stop at the Harthill Service Station on the M8 - you can hitch from there in both directions.

Alternatively, from the city center is not too hard to find a traffic light stopping cars just before they get on the M8. Showing a sign to cars stopped by the red light should work.

    • Beware : Within Glasgow to reach to any point for hitch hiking you could spend upto 2.4 Pounds atleast or more if you are switching between trains and buses. Therefore check out megabus uk which provides bus service 900 at 5.6 pounds between Glasgow and Edinburgh and sometimes even at prices lower than this. You need to book the bus on line and the same price ticket is not available at the Buchanan bus station. Any other recommendation of a petrol station is equally expensive and not worth it. Verified on 3rd September, 2014

The highway M8 does run through the city of Glasgow and if one follows the way out of the Buchanan Bus Station , and then left on red light, past the university there one can see the road converging into the highway and could have been a good spot for hitch hiking but needs to be tried and tested. --> ( 03 january 2018) we have tried and unfortunately, it's not easy to pick us. Waiting time at the red light is very short and the cars have no time for stopping and pick us. After 4 hours, we take megabus.

Direction Stirling

Get a train to Stepps. Walk out of the station over the bridge and turn right (north west) along the A80, continue to the roundabout with the big grassy "pyramids" where the M80 joins the A80. Carefully cross the roundabout and stand on the A80 Stirling exit, a little way forward from the lay-by by the golf cub where cars (but not trucks) can pull in. It's not perfect, cars don't have much time to see you and stop, but it usually works for me.

If you are going further than Stirling, don't write Stirling on your sign. Hitching north from Stirling to Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen etc. is very difficult. Edit from Lowa: If you're going to Perth, Dundee or Aberdeen, don't hitchhike from Stepps, I waited 3h in 3 different spots between Stepps and Stirling before getting real lift, I mean more than 5 miles. I've been hitchhiking for 7 years, I'm a girl, and that's the worst spot ever! You should hitchhike directly from Glasgow, it should work way better. One of my friend had the same story as me in Stepps a few weeks before

Direction Loch Lomond, West Scotland

Walk down the Great Western Road for about a mile, heading west from the motorway. About 10 minutes after passing the Glasgow Botanical Gardens, there's a BP petrol station on your left hand side. A lot of traffic from here will be heading out of the city and up the west of Scotland. Don't get here too late, though, because a lot of the traffic is constituted by tourists. You can also use the petrol station as a lay-by and stand at the junction with traffic lights about 30 meters down the road.

Or you can get a train from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch (about 4 quid; it's easy to get there for free if you show willingness to pay, but only have a quid or two). Come out of the station and turn right up the A811 Lomond Road. You'll come to a roundabout that joins with the A82 - the main road heading north from here. Take a right at the roundabout and there's a lay-by a little way up on the the left hand side.

Direction South (England, Liverpool, London,Peebles / Galashiels)

Option 1

Get the bus 255 from the Buchanan bus station, and step off on Main Rd. junction with Fallside Rd in Uddingston (next to a church). Walk down Fallside Rd. until you get to the motorway and Uddingston services , quite busy with traffic heading South. It's best to hold a sign with the motorway number (AKA M74, M6) or to approach drivers and ask. Though being a very good option to get sure, fast and long distance lifts, be aware that the bus is very expensive! 4.75£, and difficult to blackride.

Option 2

It is also, according to local hitchhikers, quite possible to hitch south by walking down N. Hannover St from Buchanan Bus Station, turn left at Cahedral St and then left again at Stirling St and walk until you get to the lights just before the motorway onramp, bear in mind that people go all different directions from here, west , east, south etc, so a sign and taking any lift going to Uddingston/Hamilton (where there are service areas) but being aware of shorter lifts might be a good idea, also if you try this option do come back and update this article.

Will & Reed tried Option 2 in Oct. 2015 and had little luck. The bus lane is quite congested before the lights making it difficult to even see the cars as they make the turn.

Option 3

So this option requires some back-tracking, but it seems like your best bet! Take the Megabus/900 Bus to Edinburgh (very easy to Blackride {see below] or just a couple of pounds) and ask the driver to let you out at the Harthill Services (the bus will pull off regardless but may not stop if you don't tell the driver). From there, cross over the A1 on the bridge and wait at the service station. In Oct. 2015, waited about 20 minutes before we got a ride to a service station in Carlisle.

Option 4

The fourth option, which I tried and which may work for you, although I had no luck after waiting for 2,5 hours is the parking lane and the parking facility directly in front of the sliproad to the M74 [1]. The place could be called ideal, as every traffic on your side of the road goes to the M74 in the right direction and there are often a lot of free spaces on the parking lane. If you walk down to the traffic lights, drivers can see you truning from both directions on to the M74. One of the most ideal places for hitchhiking I`ve ever tried. No luck here. Fuck you, Glasgow!

Megabus

You can very easily ride the Megabus/900 Bus to Edinburgh for FREE. Normally when you board a Megabus you show the driver your confirmation code and he checks it again his roster. But since this is really just a City Bus that Megabus sells tickets for, the driver just glances at your number and if it looks OK, he'll let you on. Just use the example confirmation number below and be sure to change the time and the date.

An example confirmation number - 4-2919-271015-900-1435-GBP6.00-GLA-EDI

Just change 271015 to whatever the date is (that was for the 27th of October, 2015) and whatever time the bus you want leaves at (1435 was the time we left at). If you are traveling with someone else, you can just write 4/5 for the first number to denote you bought two seats, etc.

For going to Galashiels or Peebles

One option proposed is to go to Edinburgh using the 900 Bus ( use megabus uk website for 5 pounds or lesser tickets to Edinburgh or see above) then in Ediburgh walk down to North Bridge take bus number 29 / Bus 49 to Eskbank, Tesco ( in Dalkeith ) { 1.5 pounds only } . Here go on A7 and hitch hike to Galashiels . On this route there are cars which also head to Peebles. Though it may seem a little longer, but its a faster and sure way to reach Galashiels or Peebles, which otherwise you may just be stuck on some country side road where people are just trying to reach to the next village and not going anywhere near your destination. In 3-4 hours from Glasgow you could easily reach Galashiels.


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