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Directions For Glasgow Airport

Updated on May 29, 2013

Glasgow Airport


Where is Glasgow Airport?

If you are flying to Scotland, there is an 80% chance that your flight will land at Glasgow Airport, which although called Glasgow airport is actually in Paisley, Renfrewshire, around eight miles from the centre of Glasgow.

Glasgow Airport is easily accessible by car, train or bus and its location is ideal for visitors traveling to any of Scotland's towns or cities.

Bus Services to Glasgow Airport

Shuttle Buses run every 10 minutes around the clock from Glasgow Central Railway Station, Queen Street Railway station and Buchanan Street Bus Station.

These buses cost around £5.00 and the journey into Glasgow takes from 20-25 minutes.

From Glasgow you can travel to any major town or city in the United Kingdom by bus train or car.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport, to Paisley Gilmour Street railway station, which takes around 5 minutes. You can travel into Glasgow by train from Paisley or into the southwest coastal towns such as Ayr.

Glasgow Airport, Central Station, Queen Street Station and Paisley Gilmour St Station

Glasgow International Airport:
Glasgow Airport (GLA), Paisley, Renfrewshire, UK

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Glasgow Central Railway Station.:
Glasgow Central, Glasgow, Glasgow City G1, UK

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Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station:
Queen Street Railway Station, Dundas St, Glasgow, Glasgow City G1 2AQ, UK

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Buchanan Street Bus Station Glasgow:
Glasgow, at Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow, Glasgow City G2, UK

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Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station:
Gilmour St, Paisley, Renfrewshire, UK

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Parking at Glasgow Airport


Glasgow Airport By Car

From the west coast, you can get on to the M8 from Kilmarnock by following the M77 until you reach the M8.

From the South follow the M74 until you reach the M8.

From the North and East follow the M9 to Edinburgh then take the M8 from there to Glasgow Airport.

If you have Sat/Nav, the postcode for Glasgow Airport is PA3 2SW.

Glasgow Airport Car Parking

Glasgow Airport has a designated pickup and drop off point for cars and taxi's, there is a 10-minute time limit for this facility and it is a free service.

Short Stay Parking

The Airport provides passengers with short stay parking facilities where passengers can park for 10 minutes up to 24 hours; prices vary depending on the amount of time cars are parked there.

Long Stay Parking

For those who are planning a longer break, there are Long stay parking facilities dotted all around Glasgow Airport, because these parking facilities are away from the Airport, most of them provide transport to and from the Airport as your flight requires.

Car Hire at Glasgow Airport


Car Rental

There are various companies offering Car rental at Glasgow Airport and by booking in advance, your car should be ready on your arrival.

At Glasgow Airport, cars can be hired from Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Alamo, National, Enterprise and Budget.

Be like a true Scot and shop around for the best prices and insurance deals to suit your needs.

Greggs in Glasgow Airport


Glasgow Airport Amenities.

Once inside Glasgow Airport, there are a host of shops, bars and eating-places for you to enjoy whilst waiting for your flight, although you should be warned that prices could be a bit higher than you would pay in a store outside the Airport. If money were a concern then you are better advised to buy anything that you need before you go into the airport.

There are cash machines, currency exchanges and all of the normal airport services such as lost property, toilets and because smoking is illegal in Public buildings in Scotland there are designated outdoor smoking areas.

Of course, before you fly off, pay a visit to the duty free store and pick up some cheap alcohol, cigarettes, perfume or aftershaves.


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    • rfmoran profile image

      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      When in Glasgow don't miss the Burrell Collection, an outstanding museum.

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi RedElf thanks for your visit and your comment, reminds me of the old Joke,A guy stops his car and asks "Where is Glasgow Airport?" in Glasgow comes the reply, "I know that" says the guy "But what is the best way to get there?" "By Plane of course it is an airport"

      Ah the oldies are the best sometimes lol.....jimmy

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Russell for your visit and comment and for the tips on Glasgow Airport.....jimmy

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      6 years ago from Canada

      I would have guessed "in Glasgow" but your title intrigued me so I had to stop by. Thanks for all the interesting tips and info. It's quite an airport. Maybe I'll get to see it someday.

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      6 years ago from Southern Ca.

      The hotel at the airport is steps away from the entrance, if you have an early morning flight out or a late night arrival in. The pub is good for a night drink and the cafeteria in the airport lobby for breakfast. Further, if you want to leave off your rental car, most rental companies have a lock box in the lobby to drop off the key to your car, with a note to say where it's parked. From the states, Newark airport best serves Glasgow, or you can fly to Holland and catch KLM back. David Russell

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for your visit and comment Melvoy, would be good to see you in Glasgow maybe we could set up lunch or something if you do get here.....jimmy

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is actually very useful not just for people flying to Scotland but from it. I’m surprised that Glasgow’s share of flights to Scotland is as high as 80%, but I do know a lot of people from north of the Central belt who end up with holiday flights from Scotland and don’t know about buses, parking etc.

      I’ve never flown from Glasgow, but with Emirates increasing their flights to 2 a day it’s more likely we might in future, so this will come in handy!


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