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Glasgow - Public Transport

By Train:

Paisley's Gilmour Street railway station is the nearest to the airport. Just one mile from the terminal, it can be reached by taxi or by regular bus services from bus stop bay 1 – located just outside the terminal building.

There are direct rail services from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central, Ayr and Clyde Coast destinations.

Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central

Eight trains per hour (Monday-Saturday) and five per hour (Sunday).

Rail tickets from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow Central station, via Paisley Gilmour Street station, can be purchased from the SPT Travel Centre on the ground floor of the terminal building, adjacent to domestic arrivals.

When travelling to the airport from any station in Scotland, you simply ask for a rail ticket to Glasgow Airport and this is then valid on the train to Paisley Gilmour Street and the Arriva bus service from Paisley to the airport.

Further Information

National Rail Enquiries - Tel 08457 48 49 50 (UK only)

First ScotRail timetables

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By Coach

Charter coaches set down and pick up passengers at the short stay coach park on Bute Road adjacent to international arrivals


By Bus

All public buses depart from the front of the terminal building.

There are frequent services every ten minutes to Glasgow city centre operated by Citylink and Fairline as a combined service 905, as well as Linnpark service 950. All services drop off at various locations in the city centre including close to Glasgow Central and Queen Street railway stations and Buchanan bus station.

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Single fare to the city centre is L3.30 and L5.00 return. Approximate guide to journey time from airport to city centre by bus is 25 minutes.The city centre bus stops have an airport logo on them.

Bus Stop Guide

All bus stops are located on the terminal forecourt.

Bus Stop Bays 1

60 - Rail link buses to Paisley Gilmour Street Station - for trains to Glasgow Central.

Approximate journey time from airport to Paisley Gilmour Street station is five minutes.

Bus Stop Bay 2 and 3

905 - Citylink and Fairline combined service operating to and from Glasgow City Centre (with connecting services to Edinburgh) - Citylink operate buses on this route that are fully accessible.

950 - Linnpark service to and from Glasgow city centre.

Bus Stop Bay 4

901 - Port Glasgow, Greenock and Gourock.

906 - Port Glasgow, Greenock, Wemyss Bay, Largs.

915 - Dumbarton, Fort William, Kyle of Lochalsh and Portree (Skye)

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CityLink: 0870 550 5050


By Taxi:

Airport taxis are available 24 hours a day to any destination and any distance. Taxi drivers are obliged to meter the entire journey and publish their scale of charges. Longer distance journey prices may be negotiated with the driver. The taxi fare from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow city centre is approximately L18 - L20, depending on traffic volume.

The taxi rank is located at the front of the terminal building, a short walk from UK arrivals. Assistance from the taxi management company and a list of charges is available at the taxi booking office next to the taxi rank. Telephone Cabfly, the taxi management company, on +44 (0)141 848 4588.

Only designated taxi companies are able to pick up from the inner forecourt. These include Renfrewshire Council licensed taxis, and members of Glasgow Taxis Ltd (black cabs) who are permitted to make pre-arranged pick ups from the inner lane. Private hire taxis must collect passengers from designated pick-up points in Car Parks 1 and 3.

If you have any reason for complaint, quote the driver's permit taxi plate or vehicle registration number to the airport duty manager as soon as possible.


By Bicycle

Glasgow Airport is the first airport in Scotland to be linked to the National Cycle Network. The route travels from the airport through Paisley to link with National Route 7 (Inverness to Carlisle) and National Route 75 (Leith to Gourock) which cross in Paisley.

Covered, lockable cycle lockers are available in Car Park 1 and adjacent to UK Arrivals at the airport. Lockers/stands are also available at several locations in Paisley.

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Glasgow - Car Parking

Whether it's a business trip or a family holiday, convenience or price we have a great choice of secure car parks to suit your needs.

Short stay - NCP

A few metres from the terminal entrance. Recommended for stays of up to five hours. Ideal for seeing someone off or meeting friends and family Postcode: PA3 2ST

Short stay special - NCP

A few metres from the terminal entrance. Special pre-book product for stays of 5 days or more. Perfect for business or family breaks. Postcode: PA3 2ST

Long stay - Flightpath

Courtesy bus every five to ten minutes. Journey time five minutes. Ideal for longer trips and family holidays. Postcode: PA3 2RS

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Glasgow - Intra Terminal Transfer

Transfer service from the long stay car park to the terminal is approximately five minutes.

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Glasgow - Car Hire

Car hire companies represented at the airport are: Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, Budged, Enterprise.

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Glasgow - Info And Helpdesks

The airport information desk is located on the first floor, adjacent to the UK arrivals/departures area.

Public transport information is available from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport desk on the ground floor in UK arrivals. Telephone +44 (0)870 608 2608 or

The VisitScotland tourist board operates a tourist information desk, located in the international arrivals concourse, providing a range of information on accommodation, events and places of interest. Telephone: +44 (0)141 848 4440/4758.

Lost Property

Lost property can be handed in to the airport information desk on the first floor. If you have lost something at the airport, please contact Glasgow Airport's lost property office on +44 (0)141 848 4740 or the airport police station on +44 (0)141 848 4515. If you leave something on an aircraft, please contact the airline or their handling agent.

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Glasgow - Airport Facilities


Skylounge introductory offer

Receive a £5 shopping voucher to spend in any retail outlet throughout the airport with every adult skylounge ticket purchased. Just show your booking confirmation at the Airport Information desk to receive your voucher on the day of travel.


Whether it's in the Holiday or Business wing, waiting just got wonderful with skylounge. NB: Skylounge is only open to international passengers in possession of a valid boarding card.

Holiday Wing

Whether you’re travelling with family or friends, the Holiday Wing is the perfect way to start your holiday. We have entertainment for all ages, with toys, games consoles, DVDs and digital TV to amuse our younger passengers, while adults can relax and enjoy the contemporary surroundings.

Business Wing

At Glasgow Airport we’ve taken the needs of the modern business traveller and created a business lounge to help keep business moving. With the very latest facilities, and a calming environment offering sweeping views overlooking Ben Lomond, you’ll arrive at your destination feeling relaxed and refreshed, and ready to do business.

Entry fees

Adult (16 years +): £17.50. Child (two - 15 years): £7. Children under two are free.

Some business class travellers may be entitled to free entry. Check with your airline. Children under 12 are not permitted to use the Business Wing.

Daily opening times

05:00 - 20:00 (1 April - 31 October) 05:00 - 18:00 (1 November - 31 March)


Both lounges offer complimentary:

Tea, Coffee, soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks. Snacks: biscuits and cheese, crisps. Newspapers and magazines (and business journals in the Business Wing). Internet access.

How to book?

Book online here By telephone on: 0870 850 2825 At the airport you can pay at the Information Desk (first floor) or on entry but we cannot guarantee admission if the lounge is fully booked.

Passengers must remain with their luggage at all times for security reasons. Flight information screens are prominently displayed in each lounge.

Servisair Executive Lounge

Passengers wanting to avoid the crowds before security can pre-book the Servisair executive lounge. In this tranquil retreat you can work or relax with complimentary drinks and snacks. The Servisair executive lounge is available for a small fee to all passengers, not just first and business class, and is situated on the second floor of the airport building. BA, bmi and KLM first and business class passengers can use the BA terrace lounge (at Gate 18), bmi diamond lounge (first floor, Domestic Pier) and the KLM lounge (International Pier) respectively. There is also another lounge for BA first and business class passengers at Gate 16, though this has reduced opening hours.



Food and other essentials

Most restaurants and bars provide high chairs and children's menu. Boots supply baby essentials such as nappies, forumla milk and baby wipes.

WH Smith offers a wide range of magazines, comics and puzzle books to kekep children entertaine din the lounges and in the air.

Baby Changing Facililties

There are four baby change rooms available at Glasgow Airport. Before security, there is one on the first floor by Starbucks Cafe. After security there is one in the international departure lounge beside Drum and Monkey and Bargo, and one on the International Departures Pier adjacent to Gate 29. There is also a baby change room in the International baggage reclaim hall for arriving passengers. In addition most toilets throughout the terminal have wall mounted baby changing units.

Play Areas

Gamegrid Play Area is located next to Burger King on the first floor. A soft play area for young children is located at Gate 50 on the International Pier past security. Puzzle tables, Lego play equipment, and Fingabox interactive screens are also provided next to seating areas at several locations throughout the terminal building.

Arcade Entertainment

Gamegrid provide the best in arcade entertainment including ice hockey, table football and computer games.

Changing Areas

There are four babycare rooms available at Glasgow Airport. Before security there is one on the first floor by Starbucks. After security, there is one in the international departure lounge by J&R Tennent and one on the International Pier just after World Duty Free. There is also a baby change room in the international baggage reclaim hall for arriving passengers. In addition many toilets have wall mounted baby changing units.

Cash Facilities

Cash dispensers are available both before and after security search. All cash dispensers will accept all valid UK bank and building society cards (i.e. Link affiliated) without surcharge. They also accept major credit cards.

Exchange offices: American Express, Travelex and ICE have their offices in terminal.

SHOPPING: There are duty free, fashion, book, food and many other shops. For more information call the Shopping Information Line (tel. (0)870 000 1000).

FOOD&DRINKS: Restaurants, cafés and bars are concentrated on the first floor.



Left Baggage

A left baggage facility is available outside the UK Arrivals Hall on the ground floor of the Terminal.

Opening hours

24 hours, seven days a week.


For up to eight hours - £4.50 per four hour block

Between eight and 24 hours - £10 per item.

Outsize items (eg bikes and boxes etc) will be charged at double rates.

An automated payment machine that accepts Sterling and Euro notes is available 24 hours per day. Once payment has been made, the baggage should be taken to the Staff Search/Left Baggage Office nearby.


If you require to leave keys at the airport for collection, please contact THS on 07940 161 978 to arrange a suitable meeting point. Your keys will be asigned a locker number and a password agreed. On collection, the recipient must confirm the password and sign to confirm collection. The cost is £5 per transaction.



Smoking Areas

No smoking laws

New legislation in scotland has introduced a ban on smoking in public places. This applies to BAA Scotland’s three airports - Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Therefore smoking within terminal buildings at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports will be prohibited. designated smoking areas are located outside the terminal building at various points. It will be an offence to smoke in a public space. Individuals who do so will be liable to a fixed penalty fine of £50. Smoking will only be permitted in designated areas outside the terminal buildings. For more information on the ban on smoking in public spaces, go to

Airport Prayer Room

The non-denominational airport prayer room on the second floor provides a quiet, restful place for passengers of all denominations. The prayer room is open continuously for the benefit of all who wish to exercise the disciplines of a religion or who would wish merely to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The airport chaplain, Rev Alistair Goss, conducts services at various times and days of the week and these are announced on the terminal public address system. The chaplain is available to all who use the airport. Let him know by leaving your name, telephone number or address at the Information Desk on the first floor, where it will be kept in confidence and passed to him. To contact the airport chaplain, telephone +44 (0)141 848 4129 or fax +44 (0)141 848 4137. His UK mobile telephone number is 07876 045 603.

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Glasgow - Conference Facilities

Business Services

However far you are from home or office, we have all the business facilities you need when you pre-book a lounge in the departure area. This page will open in a new window. You can also enjoy internet access at several points both before and after security control.

Meeting Rooms:

The Glasgow Airport Business Centre (+44 (0)141 847 5450) offers meeting rooms, conference facilities, an IT suite and full secretarial support. The Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce (+44 (0)141 847 5499) has meeting rooms available for hire near to the main terminal building. Conference facilities for up to 35 people are also available at the nearby Travel Inn (+44 (0)141 842 1563).

Internet Access:

Should you wish to use our computers to surf the net Spectrum Interactive have fixed terminals located Starbucks in UK arrivals, at Gate 26 (Domestic Pier) and at Gate 3 (East Pier). Payment for this service is online with your credit card, or by using pounds sterling(L) and euro(€) coins at the access points themselves. The Business Work Station on the first floor, at the east end of the airport building also offers internet access as well as other business services.

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Glasgow - Handicapped Facilities

Special Needs:

Parking at Glasgow

For security reasons, the blue badge (previously orange badge ) scheme does not operate on the Glasgow Airport road system. Unattended cars will be towed away by the police and a fine must be paid in order to retrieve such vehicles.

Short stay car park

Prices are displayed clearly at car park entrances. Clearly signed blue badge parking is available in car parks 1 and 2, where spaces are located as close to the terminal building as possible. In car park 2 spaces are available on all levels and Help Points are available on every level. If you require assistance from the car park to the terminal building, this should be arranged in advance by phoning Unity on +44 (0)141 848 7568 or email unity@ Please allow at least 48 hours to process the request through the appropriate handler. If you wish to park in a blue badge space but take your badge away with you, you will need to show your badge to the car park operator. Please contact NCP through the Help Points or contact the customer services office on the ground floor of car park 2. You must pay for car park tickets at the customer service kiosks or automatic payment machines before returning to your car. If you cannot reach the ticket/payment slot, press the help button. The multistorey car park has a general height limit of two metres (6'9"). If you need more information please call the BAA information line on 0870 850 2825 (UK) or +44(0)121 410 5105 (from outside the UK). Our Minitel number is +44 (0)121 410 5284.

Long stay car park

There are blue/orange badge spaces in the Flightpath long stay car park. We advise you to contact the appropriate car park in advance to arrange suitable arrangements for transfer to the terminal building. For further information or pre-booking please call the BAA information line on 0870 850 2825 (UK) or +44(0)121 410 5105 (from outside the UK). Our Minitel number is +44 (0)121 410 5284.


Public Transport

Bus and coach services

Glasgow Airport is served by several public bus and coach operators. The operators use the central reservation of the terminal forecourt to set down and collect passengers. Raised walkways are positioned at regular intervals along the forecourt.

Scottish Citylink operate a number of liquid petroleum gas buses on the Glasgow City Centre route, and these buses are fully accessible. Enclosed bus shelters with seating are provided at bus stops.

Train Services

Paisley's Gilmour Street railway station is located two miles from Glasgow Airport. A ramp for wheelchair access to the platforms can be made available on request.

The bus service from Gilmour Street to the airport is not at present fully accessible to wheelchair users, however, an accessible taxi can be booked by contacting Cabfly on +44 (0)141 848 4588.


A number of fully accessible taxis are available to wheelchair users from Glasgow Airport. On arrival please contact the Cabfly warden controlling the taxi rank at the UK and Ireland arrivals end of the terminal, who will ensure that you get a suitable taxi.


Help Points

If you have a disability, you can request assistance from the following points at Glasgow Airport:

Help Points are situated on every level of car park 2, and an additional Help Point is located adjacent to the blue badge spaces in car park 1. One Help Point is also situated at the front of the main terminal building outside door 2, one in T2 Check-in, with further Help Phones located in baggage reclaim halls and in reserved seating areas. Assistance is free to those with special needs, and this should be booked with your airline when you make your reservation. However, if you require assistance from the front of the terminal building to check in this can be arranged in advance with Unity on +44 (0)141 842 7568 or by email to unity@ Please allow at least 48 hours notice for the processing of your request to allow us to notify the appropriate handler. If the request is at short notice you can use the Help Points listed above and every endeavour will be made to provide assistance as quickly as possible.


In the Terminal

Facilities for the hard of hearing and blind and partially sighted

Induction loops are fitted in many areas of the terminal and satellites and are identified by the 'sympathetic ear' sign. Pay phones and credit card telephones are available in all parts of the airport are are adapted for hearing aids. There is a text pay phone on the first floor next to the WHSmith retail outlet. A number of payphones throughout the building have the ability to send emails and faxes.

Mini loops are installed throughout the building, including the information desk, reserved seating areas, boarding card check points and a number of check-in desks both in the main terminal and Terminal 2. Guide and hearing dogs are the only dogs allowed in the terminal buildings. The airport directional signs are black on yellow providing optimum contrast to assist all users.

Reserved seating areas

There are two reserved seating areas in the airport, identified by the use of the special needs pictograms. The area on the ground floor is located under the escalator at check-in. It provides the following features:

Five low level flight information screens. Induction loop and mini-loop. Arms on both sides of seats. Space for wheelchair users. Help phone.

The reserved seating area in the international departure lounge is centrally located and provides two low level flight information screens, in addition to the above.

Security checks

The safety and security of our passengers is our number one priority. All passengers must pass through security control before they enter the departure lounge. Wheelchair users will inevitably activate the archway metal detector, and security personnel are obliged to hand search passengers who activate the alarms: therefore chair and passenger will be searched. You can ask to be searched in private, away from the main security control area if you prefer.


Most toilet blocks include a unisex accessible toilet nearby. Parents travelling with children of the opposite sex are welcome to use the unisex accessible toilets.


If you have reduced mobility, have requested wheelchair assistance from your airline, or you have any other special need, then you can pre-book additional help from Unity (a local charity) at no extra charge. This can be assistance in a café or restaurant, help with some shopping, or even just a chat while you wait to check in.

If you would like more information about this service, please contact Unity on unity@ or call +44 (0)141 842 7568.

Glasgow Airport is in partnership with Unity and we are addressing issues of social, economic and cultural exclusion by providing training, work experience, guidance and support for young people and adults. Together we aim to provide an excellent training environment as well as enhancing the experience of those visiting Glasgow Airport.

For further enquiries about special needs assistance at Glasgow Airport please call + 44 (0)870 040 0008. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please call the minicom service on +44 (0)1224 725 082.


Shopping Assistance

Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports have Personal Shoppers who will help you with your purchases in the shops after security control. At Heathrow this service is provided by Shopping Consultants, who,

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Glasgow - Wireless Lan

Wireless Internet Access

You can enjoy the freedom of wire-free high-speed internet access throughout the airport. T-Mobile, BT Openzone and The Cloud Networks provide broadband wireless service so you can stay online while on the move.

Sit down, log on, hit the web, without wires

The wireless hotspots at the airport have been extended to cover arrivals, piers and satellites as well as the departure lounges. Using a wireless compatible laptop or handheld computer, you can connect instantly to the internet enabling you to do much more with the time you spend waiting for your flight to board.

Download that all-important file for your next meeting. Access your company's intranet securely, as if you were in the office. Use the internet with high speed broadband access. Check emails and both send and receive documents.

What equipment do I need?

A wireless compatible (Wi-Fi 802.11b) laptop or handheld computer. Most modern computers have a built-in wireless LAN (local area network) card, and many can be upgraded with the addition of a wireless networking card.

What about software?

Your device should run recent Microsoft Windows software, and the service works through your usual web browser, optimised for Internet Explorer 5 or Internet Pocket Explorer.

How do I get connected?

To get online once inside the terminal, follow these simple steps:

1) Turn on your wireless enabled device. Most laptops include Intel Centrino wireless functionality as standard, others require a separate card purchased from any major electronics store, including Dixons at the airport.

2) Launch your browser and select your preferred wireless network from the icons on the screen when the service is automatically detected: The Cloud Networks can connect you through a growing range of service providers including O2, Skype (for internet phone calls) and Nintendo (for online DS gaming).

3) Simply enter your username and password when prompted to get connected. If you haven’t got an account with one of our service providers you can sign up securely online, or in advance from their websites

Need further help or want to find out more?


Telephone: +44 (0)845 412 2526


BT Openzone

Telephone: +44 (0)870 240 5745


The Cloud Networks

Telephone: +44 (0)870 900 9434


…or ask instore at a Dixons store at the airport.

How do I pay?

Both services offer a number of flexible and affordable payment options.

What about power?

Even if your battery is flat, we have the answer. Look out for the T-Mobile laptop stations located throughout the airports. As well as power, they provide a dedicated environment in which to work and step-by-step log-on instructions.

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Glasgow - Hotels

Hotel information and reservations hotel reservations is located in the UK and Ireland arrivals concourse on the ground floor. Reservations can be made for Glasgow hotels or anywhere in the world and must be made in person. For further information call: +44 (0)141 848 4731.



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Hotel Front Desk: 44-870-4009031

Hotel Fax: 44-141-8478202

Glasgow International Airport (GLA)

Distance: 0.01 KM / 0.01 MI South to Hotel The hotel is immediately opposite the airport and is therefore within walking distance from the terminal.

The Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport is the ideal Hotel for those on business or enjoying a holiday in Scotland. It is the closest hotel to Glasgow Airport and only 10 minutes from both Glasgow City Centre where fabulous shopping and nightlife are in abundance, and the SECC which will be hosting the 2006 HIV Congress from the 12 - 17 November Braehead Shopping Centre, Xscape Ski Dome, and IKEA are Approximately 5 minutes from the hotel.

Express By Holiday Inn




Hotel Front Desk: 44-141-8421100

Hotel Fax: 44-141-8421122


Distance: 0 MI / 0 KM

Welcome to the award winning Express by Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport hotel. Our Glasgow Airport hotel is just a 2 minute walk to the Terminal Building with covered walkway access and airport trolleys at front door to make an early start or a late return really easy. Our competitive Room Rates include free continental breakfast served in the comfort of the Great Room lounge from 4am, ensuring you can enjoy the most important meal of the day even if you take one of the earliest flights.

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Glasgow - News Update

09 October 2006

BAA unveils multi-million plan to build 'World class gateway' for Glasgow L290 million blueprint heralds new chapter in airport's history.

L290 million ten-year capital investment L25 million extension of main terminal, starting spring 2007 New L30 million second international pier Up to 24 million passengers a year by 2030 8 million international visitors by 2030 Over 7,000 new jobs at the airport; thousands more around the country Commitment to sustainable and responsible growth New regional Planning and Environment Forum.

A L290 million pound boost for Scotland’s busiest international airport was unveiled today as airport operator BAA published its 25-year blueprint for the future of Glasgow Airport.

As a first step, BAA Glasgow has today revealed ambitious plans for a L25 million extension to the main terminal, due to start next spring.

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