Thinking of going to the Guinness PRO14 Final? We have made it easy for you with the Gullivers Travel guide

Adam Redmond
29 March 2019

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On the weekend of May 25, the Guinness PRO14 takes over Glasgow.

The 2018-19 season comes to a climax in Scotland’s biggest city on Saturday, May 25, with two teams facing off in the Guinness PRO14 Final.

For the very first time, Guinness PRO14’s showpiece event will be held outside of a traditional rugby venue, at the historic 60,000-plus capacity Celtic Park, less than nine miles away from Glasgow Warriors’ Scotstoun home.

For three consecutive years a new record attendance has been set for the Guinness PRO14 Final, with 46,902 in situ to watch Leinster win the title by defeating Scarlets at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in 2018.

Here’s a handy guide of how you can travel to Glasgow to watch this season’s champions be crowned. 

Combine this with the Official one and two night hotel & ticket packages available from Gullivers Sports Travel, and you’ve got the perfect Guinness PRO14 Final trip! Packages available – Click here! 

Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is less than an hour’s drive or train ride East of Glasgow, making life easy to explore both cities in a short period of time and giving far more options for travel to and from either city to make it to Celtic Park for May 25.

Travel Routes from Ireland

Supporters travelling from Ireland and Northern Ireland have a wide array of travel options available to ensure they get to Glasgow for May 25.

Dublin, Belfast and Cork all offer direct air routes to Glasgow and Edinburgh while Knock airport also has a direct route to Edinburgh operating all year around.

Irish fans can also choose to fly to Newcastle in the north of England, where train and coach options are available.

Regular ferry travel is also on offer in Belfast and Larne (to Cairnryan), as well as Dublin (to Holyhead) for supporters wishing to take the car or hire a coach.

Onward bus and rail options are also available.

 By Air

Flights to Glasgow

Flights to Edinburgh

Bus from Edinburgh airport to Glasgow city centre

Citylink Air (Glasgow) (Stop C)

This limited stop service to Glasgow provides regular links to Glasgow city centre where there is an opportunity to connect to local Glasgow services.

  • Frequency: Seven days a week every 30 minutes at peak times.
  • Journey time: 60 minutes
  • Fare: £12.00 single, £20.00 return
  • Family Ticket: £25 single, £40 return (up to 2 Adults and 3 Kids) * The Family Ticket can only be purchased from the driver on board the coach.

Journeys departing/arriving between midnight and 0500 operate as service 900.

Tickets can either be bought online via www.citylink.co.uk, from the driver or at the Visit Scotland desk by UK Arrivals at Edinburgh Airport. See www.citylink.co.uk for timetable information.

Source: https://www.edinburghairport.com/transport-links/buses-and-coaches

Flights to Newcastle (North East England)

Train from Newcastle to Glasgow

Take Metro from Newcastle Airport to Central Station. The journey to Newcastle city centre takes around 25 minutes. There are trains every 12 minutes from approximately 5.44am (Sundays 6.27am) to 11.58pm.

Virgin Trains run the East Coast Mainline to Glasgow, journey times vary between 2hrs 30 to 2hrs 56 mins. Trains run between 06:30 and 19:42. Visit www.trainline.com / www.virgintrains.co.uk

Coach from Newcastle to Glasgow

  • National Express (4 hours) from 05:25 from St James’ Boulevard (10 min walk from Central Station). Visit nationalexpress.com
  • Megabus (4 hours) from 04:20 from John Dobson Street (5 min walk from Haymarket Metro station). Visit uk.megabus.com

By Ferry

Choosing to take the ferry from Holyhead will involve either choosing rail from the Welsh port or driving.

From Dublin Port

  • Irish Ferries to Holyhead: 6 sailings daily (2hr 15min)
  • Stenaline to Holyhead: 4 sailings daily (3hr 21min)

Travel from Holyhead

From Belfast Ferry Port & Larne

Choose one of the regular sailings from the major ports of Belfast and Larne and you’ll arrive in Cairnryan in Dumfries & Galloway, around 80 miles south of Glasgow. The port enjoys good road, rail and bus links with Glasgow.

  • Belfast: Stenaline to Cairnryan: 5 sailings daily (2hr 22min)
  • Larne: P&O Ferries: 4 sailings daily (2hrs)

Travel from Cairnryan

  • By rail: Onward bus connections available to and from Ayr Railway station for passengers on selected sailing who have pre-booked a Rail & Sail ticket to Glasgow, Edinburgh and other rail destinations in Britain. Further info: stenaline.ie/sailrail.
  • By coach: Onward coach connections available on selected sailings to Glasgow, Edinburgh and other destinations for passengers who have pre-booked an Express coach ticket. Further info: stenaline.ie/coach
  • By car travel time to Glasgow is two hours

From Wales and England

By Train

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh are served by frequent direct train services from London, which are easily reached from other towns and cities,

Selected UK operators depart from London King’s Cross and run up the east coast via Peterborough, York and Newcastle to Edinburgh, with some trains continuing on to Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness, while there are also routes that run up the west coast from London Euston via Crewe, Preston and Carlisle to Glasgow.

Glasgow and Edinburgh-bound services also originate from the likes of Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bournemouth and Brighton.

For those looking for a more leisurely journey north of the border, overnight sleeper services are available from London Euston, heading to a range of Scottish cities.

By Car

The two main driving routes to Scotland from the south are via the east of England on the A1, or via the west using the M6, A74 (M) and M74.

The A1, which passes by Peterborough, Doncaster, Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed, gives you the option of branching off onto the A68, which takes the hilly but scenic route over the border at Carter Bar.

The M6 route, which goes around Birmingham, between Manchester and Liverpool and on to Carlisle, offers dual-carriageway driving the whole way.

Coach services to Scotland run routes to Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth.

By Bus/Coach

nationalexpress.com and Megabus both run out of London Victoria Coach station to Buchan Bus Station, Glasgow up to eight times a day. Trips on average take anywhere from 8-11 hours total travel time.

Cardiff has two nationalexpress.com daily services to Glasgow Buchan Bus Station, trips taking 10-11 hours total travel time.

Birmingham Megabus run out of Birmingham Hill Street generally twice daily, whilst nationalexpress.com run numerous different journeys from various different locations such as Birmingham Coach Station, Birmingham Airport, Birmingham Five Ways and Birmingham Great Barr. Journeys should take anywhere from 7-11 hours total travel time.

Manchester Centre Shudehill sees Megabus run on average six daily services, whilst nationalexpress.com depart from Manchester Coach Station or Manchester Airport a couple of times daily. Journeys should take anywhere from 4-7 hours total travel time.

By Plane

One can fly direct to Glasgow from Cardiff Airport through multiple airlines with Fly Be the main service

From Italy

By Plane

Ryanair from Rome fly direct to Edinburgh, just over a three-hour flight.

easyJet fly direct from Venice to Glasgow and Milan to Edinburgh, again around the three-hour flight time.

From South Africa

By Plane

A variety of routes available from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Qatar Airways

Emirates

British Airways

Official Hotel & Ticket Packages

Wherever you’re travelling from, all these great travel options combined with the official one and two night hotel & ticket packages available from Gullivers Sports Travel will guarantee you the Guinness PRO14 Final weekend on Glasgow! Book your place now by Clicking Here

 

For travel to Celtic Park from the city centre see:

Travelling to Celtic Park from Glasgow City Centre

The Guinness PRO14 Final is one of the most entertaining games in the rugby calendar and takes place in Glasgow’s Celtic Park on May 25. Tickets start at just £25 for adults, £1 for kids. Visit www.pro14rugby.org/finaltickets

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