Glasgow International Airport (GLA) Information

(Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

Glasgow Airport Information (GLA)Glasgow International Airport serves as the city's principal and closest air facility, although there are a couple of alternatives that may well be worth bearing in mind.

Prestwick International Airport (PIK) is situated approximately 51 km / 32 miles from central Glasgow, while the Edinburgh Turnhouse Airport (EDI) is also within comfortable driving distance, being found just 67 km / 41 miles from the city and located directly to the east, connected by the M8 motorway.

Glasgow International Airport (GLA)

Address: St. Andrew's Drive. Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2SW, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 887 1111
The city's international airport is situated just 14 km / 9 miles to the west of central Glasgow and some 90 km / 56 miles from Edinburgh. Located alongside the suburbs of Inchinnan, Paisley and Renfrew, the airport's history has its origins in the year of 1932, when it was used by the Royal Air Force. Commercial flights really began to take off in the 1960s, with roughly 7 million passengers now passing through each year, onboard almost 80,000 flights.

Glasgow Airport (GLA) Guide

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Glasgow's international airport has two terminal buildings, serving a large number of different airlines. The principal airlines include:



Glasgow Airport is situated to the west of the city, being just off Junction 28 of the M8 motorway. By car, the airport is around 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre and one hour from central Edinburgh. Those looking to hire a car upon arrival will find the car rental desks located on the ground floor.

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Buses and Coaches

Operated by 'First', the airport's bus service (number 500) travels into the city centre, stopping at the Glasgow Central Station, the Queen Street Station and the Buchanan Bus Station. This popular service runs five or six times an hour during the busiest times, with buses being available throughout the day and night. More than 100 further bus routes connect much of Greater Glasgow, with singles, same-day returns, open returns and day tickets all being available.

The 'First 747' bus service may also be of interest, linking the city centre and making a number of stops along the way, including destinations such as Braehead, Charing Cross, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Partick and also Renfrew. These buses depart roughly three times each hour and connect the Buchanan Bus Station in around 50 minutes.


Tel: +44 (0)870 748 4950
The Gilmour Street railway station is located in nearby Paisley, just 3 km / 2 miles from Glasgow Airport (GLA), where it can be easily reached by both bus and taxi. Regular trains travel into the city and also to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, amongst other locations. This is a particularly fast way to head into the city centre, once you reach Paisley's station.


Taxis await fares at Glasgow International Airport 24 hours a day, being sited alongside the terminal buildings, close to Arrivals. Fares are calculated by distance, using meters which are closely monitored by the Renfrewshire Council. Those planning a lengthy taxi journey may well be able to negotiate a more favourable price by speaking to the driver before departing. Taxis collect passengers from the main rank at the front, while passengers are dropped-off on the western side of International Arrivals.