Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Glasgow Airport is the second busiest airport in Scotland.
  • Glasgow Airport used to be known as Glasgow Abbotsinch Airport.
  • Terrorists tried to attack Glasgow Airport in 2007 but they were foiled by a local hero.
  • When Glasgow Airport first opened in 1966 it only offered flights to Europe and the United Kingdom.
  • Glasgow Airport is owned by ADI Limited.

Glasgow Airport Mini Guide

Airport Introduction
Glasgow Airport is one of Scotland’s main travel hubs with flights as far afield as the United States seeing around 7 million passengers every year. The single terminal building handles all the domestic and international traffic with most services you would expect at a major airport.  There are two active short stay car parks and one long stay.  Courtesy coaches run every 10–15 minutes to the terminal building taking around 10 minutes. 

Routes to the Airport
Glasgow Airport is an international flight destination with routes from all over the world including Las Vegas and Dubai, plus many domestic flights from around the United Kingdom and Europe.

Glasgow Airport

How Do I Get to my Next Destination?
Once you arrive at Glasgow Airport there are many options available to continue on to your destination.  By car is no problem as the airport is situated just of the M8 motorway and then onwards to Glasgow City to the east or Johnstone Greenock to the west.  The M8 motorway also provides routes to many other locations.  There are a number of car hire companies within the airport terminal or by pre-booking online you can find some great rates.

A mile from the airport is Paisley Gilmore Street Train Station and on average there are eight trains per hour that leave the station to Glasgow Central.  The airport also provides a shuttle bus service into the city centre every 10 minutes.

Glasgow Airport Paisley Gilmore Street Train Station

Public Information
An information desk can be found on the first floor of the terminal building.  It provides terminal maps and answers to any questions. 

Airport Hotel and Accommodation
There are a number of hotels close to the airport so passengers can stay nearby before their flight.  There is even one only 500 metres from the terminal building guaranteeing you won’t miss your flight.

There are many facilities for passengers including cash machines before and after security and public telephones.

Duty free shopping is provided by World Duty Free and can be found after security.  There are a number of other shopping outlets where passengers can pick up any last minute items before boarding. 

There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat before boarding or relax and have a drink.  From a light snack to a three course meal, every appetite is catered for with restaurants and cafes both before and after security.

There is Wi-Fi internet access available throughout the terminal building (charges apply).

Left luggage at Glasgow Airport is located on the ground floor near the check in area and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and at weekends from 9.30am to 4pm. 

Further Assistance
For anyone requiring additional assistance it is advisable to contact your airline before you travel so any requirements can be arranged to assist you.  The airport requires 48 hours to make any arrangements.  There are many facilities provided by the airport including disabled toilets, shopping assistance and reserved seating areas.

Latest Update from Glasgow Airport:

14/05/12 - Flybe are introducing a route from East Midlands Airport in June whilst budget operator Jet2 will commence four new routes from Turkey, Crete, Rhodes and the Canary Island of Las Palmas from the end of this month.

16/05/13 - Jet2 have added eight new routes to their schedules to the Canaries and to several Greek islands. See their website for more details. 

Driving in Glasgow Airport

  • L

    Road Driving Side

  • 25-48kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 95kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 110kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • GBP £


  • 23

    Min Rental Age

  • YES


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Glasgow has an international airport which is a base for numerous airlines including Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Jet2. Therefore you can combine low cost flights with cheap car hire in Glasgow Airport to have an affordable holiday in Scotland.

Having a vehicle is useful as Glasgow Airport, which is close to Renfrew and Paisley, is situated some 13 kilometres outside of the city centre of Glasgow. More than seven million passengers use Glasgow Airport (GLA) annually and the airport now offers international flights which used to be the role of Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

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