West End Festival 2019 - Sunday 30th June 2019

 Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust in association with Glasgow Life



The West End Festival Vintage Bus Service brings historic restored buses and coaches to life by allowing you to travel on board them “on service”. Experience the atmosphere of bygone travel bringing heritage alive!

As part of Glasgow’s West End Festival, the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT) in conjunction with Glasgow Life again brings you the opportunity to ride on restored vintage buses from the GVVT’s collections, dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. These will run on a frequent service all around the West End allowing you to experience bus travel as it was in bygone times.

The bus service is FREE. Answers to commonly asked questions, along with a diagram of the route and a downloadable timetable can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.

A circular route is followed, serving Riverside Museum, Byres Road, Botanic Gardens (main gate), Anniesland Cross, Broomhill, Byres Road and back to Riverside, and runs frequently in both directions.

You can get on and off the route at all bus stops on the route – so you start your journey at any point; take the full circle or break your journey at any point and then continue on a different bus. 

We hope to also provide a display of other interesting buses and a few commercials at the Riverside museum forecourt.

A few buses will start at Killermont Street outside Buchanan Bus Station at the start of the day and return there at the end of the event.


What happens at this event?

At the event, vintage buses run around the West End on a circular route, frequently. This lets you experience travelling on buses dating from the 1950s onwards, bringing them to life, rather than as exhibits in a museum. You’ll find travelling on them great fun.

There will also be a display of static vehicles from the GVVT’s collection outside the Riverside Museum. This year, GVVT and Riverside Museum are celebrating 125 years of our transport heritage with some special vehicles on display and family activities including a ‘Glasgow Corporation Transport’ trail and quiz.

Do I need to book?
No. All you need to do is get on one of the buses at any of the bus stops on the route. Please signal clearly to the driver that you want him to stop by holding out your arm in the usual way. The bus service is frequent enough that there is usually plenty space.

What does it cost?
Nothing – it’s free!

How do I find out the bus route?
To see the bus route, and timetable, in full, please scroll further down this page. There are bus stops at regular intervals all along the route 
Also, at the beginning of the day some buses start at Killermont Street outside Buchanan Bus Station, and some return there at the end of the day.

What times does the event run?
Broadly the services run frequently from 11am to 5pm, and start to wind down between 5pm and 5.30pm. The last full circle from Riverside leaves at 4.30, but there are buses to Botanic Gardens up to 5.10. For full details, please see below.

How do I get the best out of the event?
A full round trip on the circle takes about 40 minutes, but we suggest that to get the best out of the event, try travelling on a few different buses by getting off at one of the bus stops on the way, then getting on a different bus a little later from the same stop, or crossing to the stop on the other side and getting on a bus in the other direction.

Will open toppers be running?
We hope to run open toppers as extras between Riverside and Botanic Gardens, obviously subject to weather.

Who owns the buses?
Some of the buses are owned by Glasgow City Council and some are owned by individuals who have restored them to running condition and have generously made them available for public trips on the day.

How old are the buses?
The oldest buses running date from the late 1950s, and the newest the early 1990s – so you can see how designs changed over the years.

Can you carry pushchairs? 
Owing to their age, not all the buses are suitable for pushchairs. Some may be able to take these items if folded, but some of the smaller buses may not be able to. We have a variety of buses running so even if one is unable to, it’s likely there will be a bus shortly afterwards that will.

Who runs the event?
The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust runs the event with support from Glasgow Life.

Where can I park?
Parking is available on-street all around the bus route, and at Riverside Museum car park. We suggest that if you live near the bus route, simply join the bus on its route and leave your car at home.



2018 WEF Routemap


Click the image of the timetable below to open a larger version in a new window.





 WEF 2014

We look forward to you travelling with us!

With thanks to Glasgow Life for supporting the event.