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Glasgow International Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Glasgow International Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

there's still a strange sense of community where, even if we are all suspicious of each other and are sure someone is going to steal all our money, we're all sleeping on the same benches and will all wake up with the exact same pain in our backs as we stand in the check in line. -Nadine

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Glasgow International Airport.

What to Expect

  • Glasgow is a small airport with two terminals. Most flights are accessed via the Main Terminal.
  • This airport has one 24 hour restaurant, which you can find landside.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • The dining zone on the 2nd level has some comfortable couches that you can sleep on from 11:00PM to 4:00AM, while the restaurants are closed.
  • Travellers are allowed to sleep on the comfortable carpeted floor in T2 after the ticketing counters close, around 11:00PM until around 4:30AM when the counters reopen.
  • Most reviewers mentioned sleeping successfully on the rows of benches near the Tesco Express, landside. Some warned that this area can be a little noisy and cold, so consider bringing earplugs and a blanket.
  • Airport security patrols the terminal at night, adding to an overall feeling of safety.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel connected to the terminal and many other nearby hotels. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

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Glasgow Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Glasgow International Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Holiday Inn Express - (5 minute walk from the airport terminal) Connected to the airport via covered walkway. Day rooms are offered based on availability. No airport shuttle.
  • Holiday Inn - (2 minute walk from the airport terminal) No airport shuttle.
  • Courtyard Glasgow Airport - (6 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle.
  • Premier Inn - (8 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle.
  • Travelodge Glasgow Airport - (10 min walk from the airport) Airport shuttle runs from 4:00AM to 12:00AM. Cost is GBP 2 per person, each way.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Glasgow International Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Glasgow Airport for 1 hour. Connect to the "Glasgow Airport" network. If you would like more time after the initial hour, you can purchase a package: £5 (3 hours) • £9 (24 hours).

Additionally, the airport has Surfbox internet stations with printers and mobile charging. Locations: Domestic Arrivals, outside of Starbucks (4 stations) • International Arrivals (2 stations) • Food Court, Landside (2 stations) • Check-In Hall (2 stations) • Main Departure Lounge - airside (4 stations) • Domestic Pier, Gate 26 - airside (1 station). Rate: 10p per minute, payable by coins, or online with a credit card or voucher.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Airport Ambassadors - If you are are lost or need general assistance, there are roving airport ambassadors that can help.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Travelex ATMs are available. Locations: Baggage Reclaim Hall • Main Arrivals Hall • Domestic Arrivals
  • Baby Care - Diapers, infant formula, wipes and other baby items can be purchased at Boots Pharmacy. A pre-ordering service for these items is available by calling Boots five days before your travel date. Diaper changing facilities are available in these locations:
    »   Landside: Main Check-In Hall, opposite elevator • rear of Food Court, 1st floor • T2 check-in hall.
    »   Airside: International Arrivals, near gate 29 • International Baggage Reclaim Hall • beside the British Airways lounge • beside Tennant’s Bar • beside Beardmore Bar • 1st Floor, by Starbucks • Domestic Baggage Reclaim • at Gates 1-3 and 10-11
  • Children Play Area - A soft and colorful play area is available for children aged 2 - 6 years old. Location: International Pier, airside, near WHSmith Puzzle tables are available in some seating areas around the airport.
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex offers currency exchange in the airport. You will find branches available both Landside and Airside. Hours: 4:00AM - last flight. All locations have ATMs that dispense GBP, USD and Euro.
  • Dry Cleaning - Available for a fee at Luggage Point. Location: Check-in Hall, landside, Ground Floor, by the British Airways check-in desks. Hours: 4:00AM - 9:00PM.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - World Duty Free is open airside from 4:00AM until last flight. A limited variety of retail shops are also available, with most of them open from 5:00AM - 9:00PM.
  • Food & Drinks - Most food and beverage concessions are open from 4:00AM until last flight. However, Mozzo Coffee House is open 24 hours. Locations: East Pier, airside, opposite Gates 4 and 5 • Domestic Pier, airside, opposite Gate 18 • International Arrivals. Vending machines are also available in the airport.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Luggage Point offers luggage storage, luggage wrapping and dry cleaning. Storage rates vary: Cabin size bags are £8.00 (per day) and £48.00 (per week) and standard size suitcases are £10.00 (per day) and £60.00 (per week). Storage times are available for up to 3 months. Location: Check-in Hall, landside, Ground Floor, by the British Airways check-in desks. Hours: 4:00AM - 9:00PM.
  • Luggage Wrapping - Available at Luggage Point for as little as £10 per bag. Location: Check-in Hall, landside, Ground Floor, by the British Airways check-in desks. Hours: 4:00AM - 9:00PM.
  • Mobile Charging - Mobile phone charging machines with adapters for most phones can be found at Dixons airside and are free to use. You can also go to any of the Surfbox internet stations in these locations: Domestic Arrivals (4 stations) • International Arrivals (2 stations) • Food Court, Landside (2 stations) • Check-In Hall (2 stations) • Main Departure Lounge (4 stations).
  • Photo Booths - If you need to get a picture taken in a hurry you can use a coin-operated Photo-Me booth. Location: Ground floor domestic arrivals opposite WH Smith , first floor of the main terminal before security and ground floor of Car Park 2.
  • Prayer Room - A quiet interfaith prayer and meditation room is available in the airport. An airport chaplain conducts services throughout the week. Location: Departures concourse, Priority Security corridor, 1st Floor Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available
  • Smoking - Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the airport.
  • Supermarket - If you need to pick up groceries on your way to your destination in Glasgow, a Tesco Express is available in the airport. Location: landside, domestic arrivals. Hours: Open 24 hours.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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As of March 2018, Glasgow International airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Canada • Air Transat • American Airlines • BH Air • Blue Air • British Airways • Delta • Eastern Airways • easyJet • Emirates • Eurowings • Flybe • Icelandair • Jet2 • KLM • Loganair • Lufthansa • Ryanair • Thomas Cooks Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin Atlantic • WestJet • Wizz Air.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The following shuttles stop just outside of the main terminal:

  • First 500 Glasgow Shuttle offers 24-hour service, departing every 10 minutes from the airport (Stance 1) for service to Buchanan Street Bus Station. Stops enroute include Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street railway stations.
  • First 77 Hospital Connect runs between the airport (Stance 6) and city center, with stops at Renfrew, Braehead shopping centre, South Glasgow University Hospital and Partick.
  • McGill’s 757 offers service between the airport (Stance 7) and Paisley Gilmour Street railway station, with departures available every 15 minutes.
  • Citylink 915 travels between the airport (Stance 9) and Skye, via Loch Lomond and Fort Williams.

For routes, schedules and additional fare information, visit the Glasgow Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite in the Domestic Arrivals area: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.


Official Glasgow Airport Taxis are available directly in front the of main terminal on a 24-hour basis, and are the only taxis permitted to pick up or drop off passengers in front of the terminal (all others pick up at Car Park 2). All official Glasgow Airport taxis are metered, and reservations are not required, but you can pre-book a taxi directly through Glasgow Airport Taxi’s website for a discount.

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Last Updated: 13 November 2017

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