Glasgow Airport, formerly known as Abbotsinch Airport, is the international airport in Scotland, which serves the Glasgow area. It is located 11 km from the city center of Glasgow. After Edinburgh Airport, it is the second largest in the country and the eighth largest airport in the UK in terms of passenger traffic. In 2016, the airport served more than 9 million passengers.
Glasgow Airport Express is the official bus that connects the airport and city center while driving in just 15 minutes. It departs from station 1 at the airport.
The bus runs every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except Christmas).
Stops: Hope Street near Central Station, George Square near Queen Street Station and Buchanan Bus Station.
A single ticket costs € 8.5 (back € 12).
Glasgow Airport is the only airport in Scotland with direct access to the motorway and is well served by public transport to access the center of Glasgow and further throughout Scotland. You can choose between buses or trains.
Most buses connect the airport to the main bus station of Buchanan Street in the city center, where buses from all over the country arrive. The stop is located right at the main terminal building.
If you choose a train, the nearest station is Glasgow’s Paisley Gilmore Street, just 1.5 km from the terminal and connected by bus McGill 757. Glasgow Airport tickets can be purchased at any station in Scotland or on the ScotRail website.
If you want to avoid the hassle of public transport, think about taxis. Next to the arrival hall is a taxi. One way trip costs about 18-25 euros, depending on the taxi company.
If you do not like to use public transport and do not want to take a taxi, consider booking a private transport. The driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child seat if you are traveling with a child.
For those of you who would like to get to the city and explore the surroundings on your own, the best option is to rent a car directly at the airport. There are several car rental companies: Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Hertz, Budget and Dollar. Compare their prices and offers and save time by booking online.
If you come as part of a large group of people, consider renting a bus for your trip. It is worth booking it in advance so that the transfer company has enough time to inform you about the venue and all other relevant information.
From GLA to Fife: The Stagecoach Express, JET Connect goes straight to Fife from station 9 (stops at Cambernauld, Kincardine, Dunfermline, Halbeit P and G, Glenroth, Cupar and St. Andrews). A return ticket costs 21 €.
Question: My plane is late. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
- A: No, the city is only 15 minutes from the airport and the traffic intersection works very well. You can take the shuttle or any local bus or train, as they operate 24/7. Taxis and transfers are also available.
Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?
- A: Yes, there are hotels near the airport. You can sign up at the Premier Inn just 0.5 km from the airport and with excellent access to the Braehead area, which has an indoor shopping center, a leisure center, a cinema and restaurants. The Holiday Inn is even closer, 200 meters from the terminal building, with an amazing continental and Scottish breakfast, served early in the morning. Hotel Scotia is 1.5 km from the airport and offers comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and free parking.
Question: I would like to visit Glasgow between flights. Is it possible
- A: Of course, the airport is only 11 km from the city center and has an efficient public transport system that operates around the clock and seven days a week. You can reach the center of Glasgow in 15 minutes, and you don’t need to worry about getting to the next flight, as there is always a shuttle, bus or train. In addition, you can leave your luggage at the airport. The baggage item is located in the hall of the main terminal building, at the British Airways reception desk, the cost is 9 euros per day
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my trips?
- A: Yes, you can exchange your money, but you can also withdraw money from ATMs that are located on domestic flights, next to Travelex.
Question: I continue my journey outside Glasgow. Are there any direct routes to other locations?
- A: From the airport you can go straight to the historic Fife site, with Stagecoach Express JET Connect, but for more routes you need to get to Glasgow Central Station.