The Greenock Ocean and Cruise terminal is connected by a short walkway to the center of town. Glasgow is easily reached by train from Greenock. Taxis are also available. Passenger railway within 10 minutes walk. Ask for the nearest station. Trains leave about every 20 minutes.
Once inside the terminal there are some information areas, currency exchange, and vendors. The Inverclyde tourist group had some tables set in the middle where you could get local information, maps or sign up for the free bus tours in the local area. These are run by volunteers, which are really proud of their area.
You most likely be greeted by bagpipes as you arrive in super friendly Greenock.
A new terminal building is being built and set to be in operation by summer 2020.
Printable map to take along.
Watch a destination video.
Greenock is not a huge town, so it is fairly easy to get around the place on foot. However if you wish to wander around in the hills above the town to take advantage of the spectacular view of the mountains across the Clyde, then using a car to get to those places wouldn't be a bad idea.
One of Greenock's most enjoyable walks is The Esplanade this is a beautiful road right down at the edge of the water. The views are breathtaking, with Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and the Highlands to see across the impressive expanse of The Clyde. If you are very lucky, you may even see a Baby Seal!.
The McGill's, Local Highlights hop on/off Tour, showcases the beauty and rich history of the local area. Adult fare is 10 pound.
There are some free tours around the local area but these are quickly snapped up.
There are two train stations both 1km away from the pier. Fare to Glasgow is £6-8 depending on departure time and the journey takes 25-45 minutes.
Taxi's charge about 30 pounds per hour.
Bus Schedule to and from Glasgow.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here
The Oak Mall in Greenock is the main shopping center. It contains the majority of high-street shops you would expect to find in any reasonable UK town. Next door is a large Tesco supermarket. There are also a wide range of shops in the streets surrounding "The Oak Mall". The main streets of interest being "West Blackhall Street" and "Cathcart Street".
The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.
Cash machines (ATM) or less formally 'holes in the wall' are very widely available and usually dispense £10 and £20 notes.
Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.
English and of course Scottish is spoken here.
The Ocean Terminal has limited wi-fi. The password can be obtained from the Inverclyde Tourist Group information desk. There are also 3 terminals.
Most cafe's and restaurants offer free WiFi.
The local emergency telephone number is 999, however the EU-wide 112 can also be used.
Shopping hours are in general:
Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm)
Larger stores in general stay open till' 9PM
Hyper marts often 24/7
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