28 July 2023

All you need to know about Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome & Emirates Arena

Find out everything you need to know about Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome & Emirates Arena, including information about how to get there and transport.

World-class location

Many prestigious events have been hosted here, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships, but the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will set the pace for high-octane heroics and sweltering drama.

There’s no better place for history to be made once more!

How to get there


The venue is served by Dalmarnock and Bridgeton stations, which are both around 10-15 minutes walk to the Main Spectator Entrance on Clyde Gateway. Sunday services that do not normally stop at Dalmarnock, will be stopping there on Sunday 6 August.

Dalmarnock Station has frequent services to Glasgow Central which is only 7 minutes away.

For more information, visit National Rail or ScotRail.

Accessible shuttle bus

To support those with accessible access requirements travelling to the venue using public transport, there will be a shuttle bus that runs to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Emirates Arena from Dalmarnock train station. This service is free to use and no booking is required. This shuttle will also be available for your return journey to Dalmarnock train station.

Pick up point: The shuttle bus will pick up on Swanson Street,
behind Dalmarnock Station.

Shuttle type: Space for a wheelchair with up to 12 seats.

Operating hours: Please see the full schedule at the end of
this guide (on page 30) or this can be viewed on our website.

Frequency: Shuttles will run every 15 minutes depending on
traffic during the operating hours.


The venue is well served by local buses. The closest bus stop is at Forge Retail Park which is a 15-minute walk. The stop is served by five bus routes with frequent services into Glasgow City Centre (15-minute journey time) and other locations.

Bear in mind, road closures for road races within Glasgow City Centre may impact local bus routes, so plan ahead.

For more information and to plan your journey, visit Traveline Scotland.



Walking is a great way to soak up the atmosphere during the Championships. From Glasgow City Centre, it takes around 40 minutes to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Emirates Arena.

The venue is approximately a 15-minute cycle from Glasgow City Centre. There is a segregated cycle lane along London Road for travelling between the venue and Glasgow City Centre. Cycle hire (including e-bikes) is available through Ovo powered by Nextbikes with locations across Glasgow including at the venue (London Road and Clyde Gateway).

Secure Cycle Parking (for 100 bikes) is available on the London Road side of the venue. This will be run by event staff and you must bring your own lock to secure your bike.

Accessibility: Our cycle parking is suitable for adaptive bikes.

Opening times: 60 minutes prior to start of session.

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Designated walking route: The Emirates Arena’s designated walking route can be picked up from Dalmarnock train station. The easiest route is to exit Dalmarnock train station, onto Dalmarnock Road, turn right onto Clyde Gateway and follow the road for about 750m before turning right to the Main Spectator Entrance.


Travel by car should be avoided where possible. There are extensive road closures in Glasgow City Centre and the West End for the road races. Road Race closures are in place from 4 to 8 August (inclusive) and again on 12 and 13 August.

There is also no parking available at the venue (with the exception of pre-booked accessible Blue Badge parking), so we recommend using public transport, walking and cycling.

Practical information

The Spectator Entrance for the venue is off Clyde Gateway, next to the existing 5-a-side pitches. This is the same for those with accessible needs, with the exception of those who have booked Blue Badge parking in advance.

  • At the entrance, spectators will go through a security check before having their ticket(s) scanned and validated.
  • Internet and mobile signal can sometimes be variable, so make sure you have your pdf digital ticket(s) downloaded onto your phone before you arrive, or bring a printed copy with you. Please note that screenshots of ticket(s) will not be permitted.
  • When leaving the event, you will exit via the London Road side of the venue.
  • Please note, if you are attending both sessions on the same day for Track or Para-cycling Track, you must exit the venue and re-enter through the main entrance so that your ticket(s) for the second session can be scanned.

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Emirates Arena are well equipped for you to have a great day.
Facilities on venue:

  • Food & Drink
  • Public Toilets
  • Merchandise (cashless)
  • Water Refill Points
  • Assistance Dog Spending Area
  • Cycle Parking
  • Information Point
  • Quiet Space
Riders competing in a track session

Spectator experience

Cycling - there are over 300km of cycleways within Glasgow and Sustrans routes such as National Cycle Network 7, 74, 75, 753, 754 and 756 take cyclists safely around the city. You’ll find OVO Bikes powered by nextbike in the city if you’re looking to hire one whilst you’re here.

You can get the first 20 minutes for FREE on the TIER app and there are a number of bike shops in the city for spares and repairs. You’ll also find some guides that can take you on cycling tours around the city. Find out more on the People Make Glasgow website.

Where to stay - as you might expect from Scotland’s largest city, there’s no shortage of places to stay, though accommodation does tend to book up quickly in the summer period and when the city is hosting big events. Check out VisitScotland.com if you’re looking for somewhere to stay.

Eating out - From tempting Street Food to Michelin-starred restaurants and everything in between, Glasgow has an enviable reputation as a bit of a foodie hotspot, with a fantastic array of eateries on offer. Just remember to book in advance.

Other things to see and do - Glasgow is renowned for its shopping and is also a bit of a cultural hotspot. So why not stay a bit longer and explore more of the city while you’re here for the World Championships?