How Safe Is Glasgow for Travel?

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Safety Index:
55

Even though it’s not its capital, Glasgow definitely is the biggest city of Scotland.

It’s so rich in culture that it recently received many honorable awards: the European title of City of Culture, City of Architecture and Design, and Capital of Sport.

It’s also the second Scottish city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative.

Glasgow was once a powerful centre of industrial Britain but in time, it transformed itself into commercial, tourist and cultural centre.

Not to mention that it’s one of the most visited cities in the British Isles, offering a mixture of nature, history, culture and the best shopping outside of London – bar none.

Warnings & Dangers in Glasgow

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Glasgow is a very safe city, especially for tourists. The most dangerous threats here are the petty thefts and the possible danger of a terrorist attack. Apart from that, you're pretty safe here.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transportation and taxis are generally safe and reliable in Glasgow, though you could get scammed by a taxi driver, or there can be some pickpockets on the subway, stations and in other forms of public transport. Taxis are usually your safest bet.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Even the petty crime in this city is of a lower level. That still doesn't mean that you shouldn't take precautions when in public places and take care of your belongings. If you do, the chances of someone stealing your valuables will be minimized.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Flooding is the most prominent natural disaster that could hit Glasgow. It happened many times so far, more recently in 1998 and 2002.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

There are low chances of getting mugged or kidnapped in this city, although it is advised to remain cautious and avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and areas. If you find yourself in such a situation, hand over your belongings immediately.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

Since the UK has been targeted by terrorists numerous times, there is reason to believe that this city can be targeted again. This is why it is important to remain aware of your surroundings at all times, and report any suspicious activity.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

As in any city, especially a top tourist destination, there is risk of getting scammed. Be wary of people trying to distract you or offering you unwanted help, check your change twice and always negotiate every service beforehand.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Glasgow is very safe to travel to, if you are a female traveling solo. Apart from a few general precaution rules you should apply, such as not walking alone in poorly lit and deserted areas, not finding yourself in strange company at night, etc, you can relax because Glasgow is very safe in this respect.

So... How Safe Is Glasgow Really?

Glasgow, like the rest of Scotland, is very safe.

It’s actually very much like any other big city: it has safe areas and less safe areas, and the same reasoning applies – don’t do here what you wouldn’t do in your own city.

The centre of Glasgow is the safest and tourists can travel safely almost anywhere and visit all the landmarks and tourist sites without any fear of getting mugged or even stolen from.

All of the city centre and tourist areas are well policed – probably due to the fact that Scotland is a possible target for terrorist attacks.

The only more serious danger is the fact that Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom, and as such – a target for terrorist attacks that have been happening often in the last couple of years.

Crime in the city centre usually happens because of drunk people – the usual hotspots are at the southern end of Hope Street next to Central Station, and under the ‘Heilanman’s Umbrella’, the railway bridge over Argyle Street

Another thing to remember is that – if you buy any piece of Celtic or Rangers-related clothing – never wear it in public, especially in pubs or clubs, because it can cause trouble – particularly in the evenings.

Useful Information

  • Visas - If you're from one of the EU contries, you don't need a visa to enter Glasgow. All you need is a passport valid for at least three months from the date of your departure. If you're not from the EU, you might need a visa. It depends on how long you are planning to stay and why you are visiting.
  • Currency - British pound is the official currency in Glasgow. You can find ATMs at every airport, most train stations and on every other street corner in all towns and cities. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the city.
  • Weather - The weather in Glasgow belongs to a temperate and oceanic climate, but it isn't extreme. It does change swiftly though, in a matter of hours, and a bright morning can have a cold, wet and windy ending. Pack extra warm and rainproof clothing, regardless of the time of year.
  • Airports - Glasgow Airport, often referred to as Glasgow International Airport is the busiest international airport in Scotland. Located in Paisley, Renfrewshire, it is situated around 1 km from Glasgow city centre.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Glasgow, since it covers not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Glasgow Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 3° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 8° C
May 11° C
Jun 13° C
Jul 15° C
Aug 15° C
Sep 13° C
Oct 10° C
Nov 6° C
Dec 4° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
5691215171918161396
Low
°C
11236911119732
High
°F
414348545963666461554843
Low
°F
343436374348525248453736

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