COP26 is almost upon us, with the start date for the most important climate summit of the decade scheduled for the end of the month. 

Glasgow playing host to such an event is a pretty big deal and Airbnb prices have rocketed as thousands of people prepare to travel to the conference. 

With heads of state, presidents and prime ministers descending on the city, the addition of journalists and climate activists will make it a very busy place for the duration of the conference. 

Officials have already warned of congestion and delays due to road closures - many of which will actually last longer than the conference itself. 

With that in mind, here's exactly how long COP26 will last...

How long will COP26 last? 

COP26 will officially begin on Sunday October 31 with the procedural opening of negotiations and finish on Monday November 12 with the closure of negotiations. 

However, past COPs have ran longer than the planned timeline due to negotiators being unable to come to agreements. 

COP25 which was hosted by Madrid in 2019 became the longest on record, when it concluded two days after the originally scheduled date. 

The conference, which was due to finish on Friday December 13, did not actually conclude until Sunday December 15 due to ongoing negotiations. 

It means that if delegates are not finished by Monday November 12, COP26 could last longer than planned.

Where is COP26 taking place?

COP26 is primarily taking place at the Scottish Events Centre (SEC) in Glasgow. 

As a result, roads and bridges around the venue will be closed. 

You can find out more about COP26 road closures and detours here.

Many other venues are also being used over the course of two weeks for different COP related events, meaning the whole city will be busy rather than just a concentrated area.