Glasgow Airport Car Rental

Glasgow Airport Car Rental

Glasgow Airport is well served by the usual multi national car rental companies and National, Alamo, Avis, Europcar and Hertz all have car rental desks located in the UK arrivals hall. These are however expensive options and significant savings can be made by booking your rental car with us in advance of your trip.

Airport Location

Glasgow Airport lies eight miles to the west of the city of Glasgow. It is the largest of Scotland’s three international airports with it’s two runways handling over 8 million passengers each year.

Check-in is located in the middle of the ground-floor concourse. Domestic arrivals is located on the right of the ground-floor concourse and international arrivals is on the left of the ground-floor concourse.

By Car

The airport is about 20-25 minutes drive by car from Glasgow City Centre and about 5 minutes away from Paisley, the nearest town. The main road access is via Junction 28 of the M8 motorway. There is a drop-off area for passengers near the front of the terminal building, and the ever-present police ensure that waiting here is kept to the absolute minimum. Due to increased security, it is now approximately 100 metres from the check-in area.

By Taxi

The airport taxi rank is located in front of the terminal, adjacent to the UK arrivals area. A taxi booking office here will offer any assistance required and will provide a list of destination charges on request. Cab Fly, the taxi management company, can be contacted on +44 (0)141 848 4588.

Unless your taxi has been pre-booked, pick-ups will be from the designated taxi rank only and all drivers must hold a Glasgow Airport permit.

Taxis are available 24 hours a day and will travel to any destination and any distance. The taxi fare from the airport to Glasgow city centre is approximately £19 – £20. Longer distance journey prices may be negotiated with the driver. Taxi drivers are legally obliged to publish their scale of charges and meter the entire journey.

By Rail

Glasgow Airport does not have direct rail access. The nearest train station is Paisley’s Gilmour Street station which can be reached from the airport by taxi or by regular bus services. From Gilmour Street, there are regular services to Glasgow Central, Ayr and a number of destinations on the Clyde Coast.

Rail tickets from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow Central station, via Paisley Gilmour Street station, can be obtained from the SPT Travel Centre on the ground floor of the terminal building, adjacent to UK arrivals; this ticket includes the price of the short bus journey to Gilmour St. For travel to any other station, the ticket should be surrendered at the Gilmour Street booking office and you will obtain a discount equal to the value of the bus ticket from the cost of a rail ticket to any station in Scotland.

When travelling to the airport from any rail station in Scotland, your ticket is valid on the train to Paisley Gilmour Street and the local bus service from Paisley to the airport.

By Bus

In Glasgow itself, a frequent bus service runs between Central Station, Queen Street station and Buchanan Street Bus Station. The service is free on production of a valid rail ticket. Glasgow Flyer Service No. 500 runs frequently to and from Buchanan Street. Fare £4.20.


A number of short-stay car parks are available if you wish to see off friends or family or meet someone from a flight. Holiday parking and longer-stay facilities are also available. To pre-book a holiday parking space, call 0870 000 1 000 (UK) or +44(0)121 410 5105 if you are outside the UK. A transfer service is available from the car park to the terminal and takes approximately five minutes.


Glasgow is a busy airport with a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops. The airport offers business travellers dedicated work spaces featuring payphone, payfax and modem facilities. There are also a range of childcare facilities and children’s play areas.

Special Needs

For travellers with special needs you should contact the Glasgow Airport Information Centre you can contact the airport call centre on +44 (0)141 887 1111 or minicom +44 (0)141 848 4848 to pre-arrange assistance or check available facilities.

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