Glasgow Airport Guide (GLA)

Airport info
Code: GLA
Address:
Glasgow Airport, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2SW, United Kingdom
Location:

Glasgow Airport is located 13.8km (8.6 miles) west of Glasgow city centre.

No. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +44
Telephone:
+44 844 481 5555
Timezone: GMT ++00:00
Map:
Glasgow Airport map

Glasgow Airport, located near the town of Paisley to the west of Glasgow, is the largest airport in western Scotland. Our Glasgow Airport guide includes contact details, as well information relating to terminal facilities, public transportation and nearby hotels.

Airport news

The construction of a tram-rail link between the airport and the city centre is currently at the planning stage. If given the go ahead the service would likely be operational by 2025.

Information

Glasgow Airport's information desk is on the first floor, next to the domestic arrivals/departures area. Additionally, there are computer information kiosks on the ground floor and a Visit Scotland tourist information office (tel: +44 141 566 4089) in the domestic arrivals area – this provides information on local attractions and accommodation.

Transfer between terminals

The two terminals are connected via a short covered walkway.

Driving directions

From central Glasgow, take the M8 motorway westwards to Junction 28. Glasgow Airport is clearly signposted from this point. The total drive time to the airport from central Glasgow is approximately 25 minutes.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Rail:The Gilmour Street Railway Station in Paisley is around 2.4km (1.5 mile) from Glasgow Airport and only a few minutes away by taxi or local bus. Trains run to Glasgow Central (journey time: 10-15 minutes; fare: £3.50). For more information, contact the 24-hour National Rail Enquiries line (tel: +44 345 748 4950; www.nationalrail.co.uk).

Public transport road

Bus: Glasgow Airport Express (tel: +44 141 420 7600; www.firstgroup.com/) operates 24 hours a day between Glasgow Airport and the city centre (journey time: 15 minutes; fare: £7.50). Buses are also available to other destinations. For more information on bus travel in the area, contact Traveline Scotland (tel: +44 871 200 2233; www.travelinescotland.com).

Taxi:Metered taxis are available 24 hours a day. The taxi rank is immediately outside the terminal building. The fare to the city centre is around £25, and the journey time is approximately 20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Terminal facilities

Money

Bureaux de change and ATMs are located either side of the security screening point. Foreign currency can be pre-ordered through Travelex and picked up at their Glasgow Airport branch, housed within the terminal.

Communication

Free Wi-Fi internet access (for up to 60 minutes) is available throughout Glasgow Airport. There are also fixed internet kiosks and work desks in various convenient locations. A postbox is located in the check-in area and payphones are located throughout the terminal.

Food

A good choice of restaurants, cafés and bars is concentrated on the first floor, after security. A number of options are also available pre-security, including a sports bar and a pub.

Shopping

Shopping at Glasgow Airport includes duty-free outlets for passengers travelling to destinations outside the EU, as well as retailers selling a range of items, including newsagents, specialist Scottish-themed gift shops and fashion outlets.

Luggage

The left-luggage office is situated in the check-in hall and a lost property service is available (tel: +44 330 223 0893 [for both services]). A database is available allowing passengers to search for lost items online (www.airport-lostproperty.com). Uniformed members of staff are on hand to assist with baggage.

Other

Other facilities at Glasgow Airport include a pharmacy, prayer room, baby-care facilities and children's play areas.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

A business workstation with telephone, fax and internet facilities can be found on the first floor. The Glasgow Airport Business Centre (tel: +44 141 847 5450) is located next to the terminal building and provides meeting rooms, conference facilities and full secretarial support.

The UpperDeck airport lounge is available to all passengers for a fee, and offers free internet access, complimentary drinks and newspapers.

Conference and meeting facilities are also available at some nearby hotels, including the Ramada Glasgow Airport (tel: +44 141 843 4800; www.ramada.co.uk) and the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport (tel: +44 871 942 9031; www.higlasgowairporthotel.co.uk).

Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled passengers include wheelchair-accessible toilets, ramps, lifts and reserved car parking. For the hard of hearing, there are induction loops, TDD telephones and a Minicom information line (tel: +44 844 571 7410). Passengers should advise their airline in advance of their needs and those requiring assistance from the car park to the terminals should arrange this in advance by contacting the PRM service provider (tel: +44 141 842 7700).

Car parking

Short-stay, long-stay and business parking is available at Glasgow Airport. The short-stay car parks are within walking distance of the terminals, while there are regular transfer coaches to the terminal from the long-stay car park. Discounted long-stay parking can be pre-booked via the airport’s website. A fast-track service is available in the short-stay Car Park 2 for a higher fee. For any parking queries, contact the airport’s parking office (tel: +44 345 050 7080).

Car rental

Car hire operators: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty are represented at Glasgow Airport. These companies have desks near Domestic Arrivals.

Hotels

There are a number of good value hotels in the vicinity of Glasgow Airport, with many more options to suit all budgets and tastes in the city centre. Hotel reservations can be made at the information desk (tel: +44 844 481 5555) in the arrivals area on the ground floor.


Normandy Hotel

+44 141 886 4100

Just 1km (0.6 mile) from the airport, the independent Normandy Hotel operates a free shuttle service to the terminal. A good option for those on business with its extensive meeting and conference facilities, the hotel also boasts a steak restaurant and regular evening entertainment.

Inchinnan Road, PA4 9EJ, Renfrewshire, United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport

+44 871 902 1612

One of a number of budget hotels at the airport, Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport is situated directly opposite the terminal. Guests can eat on site at the Great Room restaurant, which has a varied menu, and the hotel provides free Wi-Fi internet access, business facilities and valet parking services.

St. Andrews Drive, Glasgow Airport, PA3 2TJ, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

+44 871 942 9031

Providing good value accommodation just a minute's walk from the terminal, Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport features an on-site restaurant, lounge and business centre equipped with 18 meeting rooms.

Abbotsinch, Paisley, PA3 2TE, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Premier Inn Glasgow Airport

+44 871 527 8434

Handily located near to Braehead’s shopping complex and within minutes of the airport, the Premier Inn Glasgow Airport has an on-site restaurant and car parking spaces for guests.

Whitecart Road, Glasgow Airport, PA3 2TH, Paisley, United Kingdom

Courtyard Glasgow Airport

+44 141 843 4800

Housing a bistro restaurant, the Courtyard by Marriott is a good budget option minutes from the terminal via a paid-for shuttle service. Those staying on business will appreciate the free internet access and choice of meeting rooms.

Marchburn Drive, PA3 2SJ, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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