Travelling from your accommodation to COP26
The conference venue, the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) is located to the west of Glasgow City Centre and can be accessed by various transport options. Your accreditation and delegate pack, including a free travel pass, can be picked up from the COP26 Summit Venue (Blue Zone) Information Desk from 25 October 2021. This free travel pass can be used from Monday 25 October to Saturday 13 November. It can be used for standard class services on any Bus, Tram, Subway or ScotRail Train within Scotland to travel to and from COP26 Conference Venues only. Simply tap on and off these services when you use them.
When first travelling to the venue before you have collected your travel pass, you may need to purchase a ticket.
The SEC has its own dedicated railway station – Exhibition Centre – allowing easy access to the venue from the city centre. Departing from Platform 17 at Glasgow Central station (low level), the SEC is a four-minute journey by train. Throughout the event, frequent train services will run between the two stations.
If travelling from Edinburgh by train, you will arrive at Glasgow Queen Street station where a short walk to Glasgow Central will allow you to continue your journey to the SEC. Alternatively you can transfer to the conference shuttle bus which stops directly outside Queen Street station on West George Street.
On arrival at Exhibition Centre station, a short walk (approx. seven minutes) down Finnieston Street will lead you to the SEC entrance. To return to the station, there is an exit only stepfree route from the venue directly back to Exhibition Centre Station through a covered walkway over the main road.
Before picking up your accreditation and travel pass, you will need to purchase a ticket to travel by train.
Step-free access from street to platform is available at both Glasgow Central station and Exhibition Centre station. Train services will have dedicated wheelchair spaces. If you have additional mobility requirements, it is recommended to book assistance in advance. For more information about accessible train travel, please visit www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-yourjourney/accessible-travel.
By Conference Shuttle Bus
A dedicated fully-accessible shuttle bus will be in operation throughout the conference providing a convenient link between the SEC and the city centre. It will serve Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street train stations as well as other city centre locations. The shuttle service will run up to every five minutes during peak times, departing from stops outside the major transport hubs in the city centre.
When first using the conference shuttle, you can simply show their COP26 invitation letter to the driver for free boarding. You don’t need to tap the travel card, just show it to the driver on the conference shuttle.
By Walking, Wheeling and Cycling
Glasgow is a compact city and it’s easy to find your way around whether you are walking, wheeling or cycling. The SEC is less than a 30 minute walk, or a 10 minute cycle, from the city centre. Routes will be sign posted and host city volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions. Public cycle racks are available across the city. All event time walking routes between the city centre and the SEC are step free and wheelchair accessible.
By Hiring a Bike
Nextbike has been providing a sustainable way to get around Glasgow since 2014 and for COP26 it’s even easier to travel to your destination in a climate-friendly way. Thanks to Nextbike’s sponsors, you can take advantage of automatic free rides1 in Glasgow from October 31st to November 12th including:
● Free 30-minute rides on OVO Bikes (standard bikes)
● Free 10-minute rides on ScottishPower e-bikes
All you need to do is download the nextbike app or the ScottishPower e-bikes Glasgow app, register, and ride. Find out how below.
How to Register:
● Download the latest version of the nextbike app for OVO Bikes or the ScottishPower e-bikes Glasgow app for e-bikes in the App Store or Google Play and register. Don’t forget to accept the T&Cs.
● Choose the UK and then select the city of Glasgow.
● Once registered, select ‘Activate Account’.
● Complete the ‘Profile Fields’.
● Select ‘Unlock Options’ and enter your payment details. A £5 deposit is required to verify your information and will become a credit on your account. Note: Prepaid cards are NOT accepted. For more information, please refer to our T&Cs or email us at email@example.com.
● Verify your account by clicking on the link sent to you via email.
You are now ready to rent as a Pay As You Ride customer and take advantage of the automatic free rides in Glasgow. For information on how to rent, park, and return bikes correctly, please visit:
Stay tuned to social media (nextbikeUK) and enable push notifications for the app to receive updates and any information about routes and stations during the COP26 events. Have a great ride!
All delegates are encouraged to use public transport to access COP26 Conference Venues. There is no parking or vehicle access available on site other than for Head of State convoys. There will be a drop off and pick up point for the small number of delegates arriving by car, seven minutes’ walk from the main entrance. Please note there is no permanent parking available here. For more information please email COP-Info-Desk@unfccc.int.
Taxis will be able to drop off and pick up at a location five minutes’ walk from the venue.
Due to the venue’s central location, there is no coach access or parking available at the venue. We strongly encourage delegates not to approach the venue by coach as vehicle movements will be restricted during event time.
There will be a pick up/drop off location for blue badge vehicles on Elliot Street. A shuttle service for delegates with accessibility requirements will run from Exhibition Centre station to the main entrance of the venue. Delegates are advised that they must have evidence of their daily negative COVID-19 test to show before boarding the accessible shuttle.
Staying COVID-19 safe when travelling
In Scotland you must wear a face covering on public transport unless you are exempt.
Planning to use public transport? Remember to:
● Be prepared and bring a face covering
● Keep a safe distance from others where possible
● Clean your hands regularly
● Stay travel safe – always follow guidance on travel and transport
Supporting safer travel – Operators have measures in place to help keep passengers safe:
● Improved ventilation on services via filtration systems and windows
● Continued enhanced cleaning on all services
● More options for contactless payments & tickets
● Check how many seats are free on a public bus via your operator or the Traveline Scotland app
Approaching the venue
Please note that there are specific COP26 COVID-19 protocols in place for the venue, we encourage you to refer to these before accessing the venue. Delegates will need to show evidence of a negative COVID 19 test taken on that day to gain access to the venue. Delegates are advised to have this ready to show at the gate to ensure a smooth entrance.
Receiving your COP26 free travel pass
Your COP26 Travel Pass can be used from Monday 25 October to Saturday 13 November. It can be used on any Bus, Tram, Subway or ScotRail Train within Scotland to travel to and from COP26 Conference Venues only. Simply tap on and off these services when you use them.
You can collect this pass from the Information Desk at the Summit venue. Your delegate pack will contain instructions detailing how and where to present your travel pass. Your free travel pass entitles you to a standard class carriage. First class tickets can be purchased at additional cost where available. The travel pass is not valid on ferries, air travel, or cross border travel.
Travel information and journey planning
Public travel information and live journey times can be found at Traveline Scotland: www.travelinescotland.com +44 (0) 141 465 1878 (lines are open 24 hours a day) Download Traveline Scotland on the app store.
For details of road closures across the city please visit Glasgow City Council’s COP26 Information site, Get Ready Glasgow. Further travel information and updates can be found at: Traffic Scotland > Home.
Other Useful Information
‘British Summer Time’ (BST) officially ends on 31 October at 2am, signalling the end of Daylight Saving Time in the UK. This means that clocks are set backwards one hour at 2am on 31 October. The weather in Glasgow in November can be wet and windy with low temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius. You are encouraged to bring warm and waterproof clothing. The weather will be changeable and may affect travel plans.