In all likelihood you will arrive in Glasgow at one of five points:
Glasgow Airport –
catch the Airport Bus (every 10 minutes) to the City Centre. It’s
much cheaper to buy a return.
Prestwick Airport –
gone for the budget option, have you? Well, catch the train to Glasgow
Glasgow Central Station –
walk out of the station. You are in the city centre. Trains to Hampden
leave from Central Station.
Glasgow Queen Street Station –
As above. You are 10 minutes walk from Central Station (easiest,
but not quickest, directions – exit Queen Street on George
Square side, walk forwards keeping the square to your left down
Queen Street, turn left at the end on to Argyle Street, Glasgow
Central is basically that big railway bridge 500 yards away).
Buchanan Street Bus Station –
about 200 yards north of Queen Street.
Come by car? If you’ve
driven, I’ve absolutely no idea where to go or park! Sorry,
but this guide is best suited to those arriving by bus, train or
air. See the Official Hampden
Park site for road directions.
There are a few hotels and B&Bs near the ground, as well as
various accommodation options in the City Centre.
Dunkeld Hotel - 10 Queens
Drive, Tel 0141 424 0160, Website
5 mins from the ground (walking).
Hampden Guest House - ,
133 Mount Annan Drive, Tel 0141-632-3801, Website
(facing the south stand and main door)
Kings Park Hotel - Mill Street
(corner with Kings Park Avenue), Rutherglen, Tel 0141-647-5491
Straight along Kings Park Ave to Hampden 0.5 mile. Bus stop outside
Hotel for public transport to City Centre.
Hampden Park is in the Mount Florida/Hampden area of Glasgow's
"south side" (i.e. south of the River Clyde). There are
regular trains and buses to this part of town, and it is possible
to walk if pressed.
Check out the options below:
Train (Mount Florida, Queens Park and Kings
Hampden is best reached by train from the city centre – just
don’t leave it too late, as the crowds can be a killer. All
trains leave from Central, and you have a choice of three stations:
Queens Park (situated between
Victoria Road and Pollokshaws Road) – to get to Hampden leave
via the Vicky Road exit (walk in the same direction as the train),
turn left on Victoria Road, left at the end and follow the road
as it bends and heads downhill, then follow the crowds across the
park. At the other side of the park, bear left up to the cross-roads,
then turn right onto Cathcart Road – Somerville Drive (for
the North and East Stands) is second or third on your left, carry
on for South and West Stand access. Allow for a 20 minute walk (more
if in the South/East Stands)
In reality, Queens Park station is best used in conjunction with
a pub visit to Victoria Road,
as a closer option to the ground is...
Mount Florida, 2 stops on
from Queens Park, is the closest station to Hampden. To get there,
take the forward-facing exit and turn left – walk down the
slight hill and you’re on Cathcart Road, Hampden will be visible
in front of you. If you take the back exit, which is often closed
on matchdays, you’ll end up opposite the park in the Queens
Park directions, so just turn right, right again onto Cathcart Road
and follow those directions. Allow for a 5 minute walk (more if
in the East Stand).
Kings Park Station –
a criminally neglected station at the far end of Hampden (the people
who use it won’t appreciate me advertising it, but there you
go!). This is still served from Central, but by less trains than
the above two (thank the “Cathcart Circle for that). To get
to Hampden, leave the station via the underpass, turn right in the
tunnel, then left on the road outside – this leads onto Aikenhead
Road. Turn right on Aikenhead and the entrance to the Hampden Car
Park is around 600 yards up on the left. This station is best placed
for those in the South or East stand. One other option, if looking
to escape the crowds at Mount Florida, is to catch the train home
from here (half-hourly is the downside). Allow for a 10-15 minute
walk (extra if in North/West Stand).
We used to swear by pre-ordered taxi, but have been let down on
several occasions – as kick-off nears, the traffic on the
southside worsens considerably (hence why train is best). Get numbers
from pubs (get them to ring for one if you can), or get one from
one of the many ranks around town, including both mainline stations.
The only times we’ve experienced the bus have been by accident
– usually when the taxis have let us down. Several buses “land”
in the vicinity of the ground, but even though bus lanes can alleviate
some of the problems, they are still subject to the horrific traffic
jams that plague the rest of the area. Leave plenty of time, and
don’t fall asleep and miss your stop.
According to the Official Hampden Site, buses 31 and 37 go to Cathcart
Road from the City Centre every 20 minutes, whilst No 75 (or 75A)
runs from Argyle Street to Aikenhead Road every 10 minutes during
the day, and every 15 minutes at night.
You can walk, and plenty do, but I really wouldn’t advise
it. If you do choose this option, allow at least 45 minutes. The
benefits are that you won’t have to wait in queues for the
train, and that you’re not subject to traffic delays (and
it’s free). The downside is that it is a very, very long and
boring road - look up the route on MultiMap.