To drive the 400 miles (640 kms) from London to Glasgow should take a drive time of about seven hours in normal traffic conditions. However, you should always allow for possible delays on this long drive.
A) The quickest and simplest route is to go through north west London and take the M1, then the M6, and finally the M74, which takes you almost all the way to Glasgow.
B) Alternatively you can take the M1 out of London then cut across to the A1 near Sheffield, driving through Yorkshire before cutting back across to join the M6 and then the M74.
Route A is much easier to follow, although the scenery is nothing special until you reach northern Lancashire and head past the Lake District and on into southern Scotland.
Route B is slightly longer by about 30-60 minutes but you have several choices of roads to take you from the A1 to the M6. One option is to take the A684 through the Yorkshire Dales, which will inevitably slow you down as it’s so beautiful and the roads are slower. It could add yet another hour to the drive time from London to Glasgow.
You might want to take an overnight break, as we did one time at the gorgeous Simonstone Hall luxury hotel near Hawes. To here from London would take you 5-6 hours, and then the rest of the journey to Glasgow would be about three hours the next day.
The M74 motorway crosses south of Glasgow from east to west, while the M8 loops around the north of the city. You should get directions from your hotel or wherever else you’re headed, to find out which is the best way to get into the city centre. There are several options, depending on where in Glasgow your final destination is.
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