Moving to Glasgow

Are you considering moving to Glasgow?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation. A Man and Van trader is usually the most efficient and cost-effective way to move to Glasgow.

How do I choose my Man and Van contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the Man and Van traders who said they covered the area between your current residence and Glasgow, and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man and Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfill your demand.

Removals to Glasgow made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you with your removals to Glasgow. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you move to Glasgow from afar or from within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Glasgow

City council

Glasgow City Council covers an area of 176km surrounding the City Centre. The Council website contains useful information relating to daily life in Glasgow such as local parks and events in your area, refuse and recycling collections, and if you have school-age children, school catchment areas and school term dates. You can also find out information about “City Ways” which are cycle routes being developed all over the city. There are currently cycle lanes covering over 300km, helping to reduce the carbon footprint in Glasgow. Downloadable maps are available to help you plan your journey.

Public transport

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport covers public transport by bus or subway within the city and surrounding areas. You can plan your journey, find your nearest stations, and even purchase your Smartcard for the subway at a discounted price. If you require the use of both the bus and the subway, a ZoneCard offers unlimited travel within set areas, saving you money by purchasing your ticket in advance for 1 week, 4 weeks, or even a whole year. Plan your travel by visiting the map of Zones within Glasgow.

For those who would consider commuting on a bicycle you can try renting one with Nextbike first and see if it works for you

Historical Glasgow

The history of Glasgow goes back to the Middle Ages when the city’s patron saint & founder best known as St. Mungo (His real name was St Kentigern) established a church site, referred to as “Glaschu” (Gaelic for Dear Green Place). This is now known as Glasgow Cathedral. Perhaps more famous, is the pioneering Glaswegian architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The city is stamped with Mackintosh style, so why not visit the famous Willow Tea Rooms for a classic Afternoon Tea, or visit House for an Art Lover to see the designs created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh brought to life.

Glasgow at a glance

  • Glasgow is Scotland’s largest and most populous city and the UK’s second-largest retail city after London.
  • Glasgow City Centre is known to locals as “The Town”, despite its city status.
  • Glasgow has many famous inventions, most notably, the TV. The first long-distance TV signal was from London to the Glasgow Central Hotel in 1927. Let’s not forget about the other great inventions – the cash machine, the refrigerator and antiseptic!
  • Glasgow is not only a great city for architecture, food, and culture but for its people too. It has been voted the world’s friendliest city.

  • The City Crest represents 4 miracles said to have been performed by St. Mungo. “The bird that never flew. The tree that never grew. The bell that never rang. The fish that never swam.”
  • Glasgow’s underground railway system is the only one in Scotland and the 3rd oldest in the world. It is sometimes nicknamed the Clockwork Orange, because of the colour of the trains.
  • The oldest surviving music hall in the world is in Glasgow. The Britannia Panopticon is in the Trongate area of the city and Stan Laurel made his first professional performance here in 1906.
  • Glasgow is home to the largest public reference library in Europe. Not only is the Mitchell Library a current working building, but it is also famous for its grand architecture including its copper dome surmounted by a bronze statue.
  • The 13,000 capacity SSE Hydro arena is renowned for record yearly worldwide ticket sales since opening in 2013, missing out on the top spot to Madison Square Garden Arena in New York by just over 165,000 tickets in 2018.
  • One of the most iconic images of Glasgow is The Duke of Wellington statue which is rarely seen without a traffic cone on his head.

Glasgow is the second largest retail centre in the UK, and this is most notable within the three main shopping streets in the City Centre. “Up Sauchie, doon Buchie an alang Argyle” is the local slang for the ultimate shopping experience. Walk up Sauchiehall Street to the end, turn right down Buchanan Street, and at the bottom, turn left along Argyle Street. Within each of these streets, you will find a large mix of independent specialist stores and also large shopping malls.

Buchanan Galleries is located at the corner of Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Street and contains a mix of clothes stores, jewellery shops and a number of health and beauty outlets. There is also a large John Lewis department store and food outlets.

Princes Square is located towards the bottom of Buchanan Street and contains a number of high-end stores such as Joe Malone, and Ted Baker. It’s also a fantastic indoor area across a number of floors for food and drink. Why not try Darcy’s which has a storybook corner and face painting on the last Sunday of every month. After dark, the lights go down and the candles come out with live music from 7.30pm every Saturday.

Next to Princes Square is Glasgow’s Jewellery Quarter known as Argyll Arcade. This is the go-to area for diamonds and high-end timepieces. With more than 30 stores, you will be spoiled for choice for all things sparkly. If diamond shopping gets too exhausting, visit Glasgow’s oldest bar, Sloans, for a wee dram of whisky in the outdoor courtyard.

Walk a little further down Buchanan Street and you arrive at the St Enoch Centre which boasts the largest glass roof of any enclosed area in Europe. With a floor area of 120,000 square meters, the regeneration which is currently ongoing will contain a multiscreen cinema making it more than just a shopping centre.

Other City Centre gems you don’t want to miss out on are the famous Tam Shepherds Trick Shop and Mr Ben Retro Clothing.

The main hub of activity in the West End is Byers Road and contains a host of vintage and antique shops as well as artisan food stores such as George Mewes Cheese which is not to be missed for any cheese lover.

A little further West, Partick was recently voted one of the UK’s hippest neighbourhoods and hosts a farmers market in Mansfield Park on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. There are plenty of food stalls selling quality meats, fish, jams and cured meats. To visit, or indeed take part in any of the markets around Glasgow, you can visit City Property Markets to find one close to you.

The out of town shopping centres (all of which are easily accessible by public transport from the City Centre) have free parking and all include cinemas, a large choice of food outlets and one even has an indoor ski slope. Visit Intu Braehead, Silverburn, and Glasgow Fort for great shopping and entertainment all in one place.

If you’re relocating to Glasgow and are looking forward to delving in the city’s notorious nightlife, you will very soon be experts. For award-winning bars and restaurants, you’re in the right place!


Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery was previously voted Restaurant of the Year in the Fine Dining category. With a varied menu and unrivaled atmosphere, you’ll be sure to want to return.

111 by Nico is a concept restaurant from Glasgow-born Nico Simeone. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, the restaurant operates a TRUST dining experience. The team asks guests to leave the decision of what to eat to the chefs by choosing a list of 12 ingredients to make up a 6-course tasting menu. With a drinks pairing option available, how trusting are you?

With its 1930’s ambiance, and Art Deco style, Rogano is the oldest surviving restaurant in Glasgow, and there’s a reason it’s been going for over 80 years. The Oyster and Cocktail Bar, with its regular jazz music filtering through, is a relaxing venue to enjoy champagne by the glass, light meals and sandwiches, and of course a great selection of Oysters.

South India is represented well in Glasgow by the brilliant restaurant, Dakhin. Amidst the centre of Glasgow’s Merchant City district, the unique menu of authentic South Indian cuisine, proud to be 100% gluten-free, is definitely worth a visit (or two). Don’t forget to try the Paper Dosa – the golden brown crepe which spans between 2 and 3 feet! You have to see it (and taste it) to believe it!

You can’t live in Glasgow without trying the famous Blue Lagoon Fish and Chip shop! Located throughout the city, with a sit-in restaurant available at some locations, this is a real Glasgow institution! With celebrities, such as Nigella Lawson describing it as “exquisite”, often visiting when they’re in the city, who knows you will bump into?


If you’re a craft beer fan, the Shilling Brewing Company was recently voted 1st in the Scottish Licensed Trade Awards. With an in-house brewer and artisan pizzas made from scratch, there is plenty to come back for.

For the Gin fans, look no further than Gin71. With three locations in Glasgow, Gin71 offers a number of gin packages. From a gin inspired dining experience, gin tasting, and the relaxing Gin Spa, there are plenty of flavours to choose from.

Another fine bar is The Finnieston. With a huge range of drinks and an excellent food menu, the award-winning bar provides seasonal, sustainable and ethically sourced Scottish seafood.

At 104 feet and 3 inches long, the grand Victorian bar top of The Horseshoe Bar is the longest in Europe. This is a great bar for live sport, with 11 screens and early opening for major sporting events. The upstairs lounge hosts Karaoke nights, frequented by local and national celebrities and singers for their own turn on the microphone.

Ashton Lane in the West End of Glasgow hosts a number of laid back bars as well as Glasgow’s only fully-licensed cinema. Just up the road from Ashton Lane is the Oran Mor. Formerly Kelvinside Parish Church, Oran Mor contains a Whisky Bar, two restaurants, live music venue and also a night club.

Late night

The Garage is Glasgow’s largest nightclub with 6 separate rooms and club nights on 7 nights a week, 365 days a year. Open until 4am on Saturday, it’s a must for all clubbers out there.

The Sub Club is Scotland’s most famous electronic music venue. Known by the regulars as “The Subbie”, the bodysonic dancefloor and regular DJ’s make this an unmissable experience. Tuesday has discounted entry and cheap drinks and is popular with students. Saturday night brings the world’s longest-running house music night, Subculture, for the seasoned ravers.

Buff Club is a cool soul and funk club, hidden down a lane just off of Bath Street in the City Centre. The Buff Club hosts club nights 7 nights a week and regularly has drink promotions on offer.

For those who don’t fancy clubbing the night away, the Alea Casino is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and has a Waterfront Restaurant overlooking the River Clyde. There is a sports bar, cocktail bar, and live music at the weekends. This can be as late night, or early morning as you make it.

Theatres & Event venues

In the popular Theatre district, you can visit the Kings’ Theatre, Theatre Royal, Scottish Opera, and Pavilion Theatre. The theatres in Glasgow are very popular and host a huge variety of shows and showcase local talent.

A large number of event venues can be found in Glasgow, with the SSE Hydro and SEC (Scottish Event Campus) hosting a record number of music events, corporate events and exhibitions all year round.

The O2 Academy, Barrowlands and King Tuts Wah Wah Hut are great live music venues, with the latter popular for showcasing new and emerging bands at the start of their careers, including Oasis (who were famously signed at the venue in 1993), and The Killers.

Useful information for
Relocating to Glasgow

Glasgow is split into 5 main districts – North, South, Central, East, and West. North and South are split by the River Clyde, and East and West are split by the City Centre. All areas of the city are well linked to public transport either by train, bus, or subway (Central, South, and West only). Buchanan Bus Station, and the two train stations, Central Station and Queen Street Station, are the three main transport hubs for access to all areas around Glasgow.

Choosing where to live is important for local school catchment areas, and also commuting.

Parking within the city centre is available, however, this can be costly if used regularly.

No matter where you choose to live, outdoor parks taking you away from the city feel are nearby. Pollok Country Park in the south is Glasgow’s largest park (146 hectares). There are stunning country walks, orienteering courses, and even highland cattle.

Travelling between each of the areas of the city generally means a route through the city centre, so keep this in mind if you live in the North, and work in the South. Rush hour could impact your decision.

North and East Glasgow are generally the most cost-effective areas for housing.

Glasgow West is popular among the student community due to its proximity to The University of Glasgow and can command higher house prices and monthly rental costs than other areas.

Cardonald and Hillington in the south have great motorway links, train stations, frequent buses to and from the city centre and are popular with commuters. These areas are also close to Braehead shopping centre.

City Centre living is more affordable than ever due to the regeneration along the River Clyde. A large volume of residential properties allows quality living, but with access to shops, bars and nightclubs all within walking distance, it’s a great option to minimise transport costs.

Dennistoun is popular with commuters with a large mix of tenements and houses for individuals and larger families. The proximity to Alexandra Park, the M8 motorway, and to the city centre makes this an affordable option. The area contains a number of shops, bars, and cafes and is the main bus and train route from the East.

In any case, please don’t hesitate to contact App A Van for your own Glasgow Man and Van quote for your next transport need. Click on the button below!