Sleeping in Airports

Glasgow International Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our Glasgow International Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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

GLA Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Glasgow International Airport (code: GLA).

What to Expect

Glasgow International Airport comprises two terminals (Main and Terminal 2) with three piers (West, Central and East). The two terminals are divided by SkyHub, which provides check-in, security, duty-free shopping and other services. There are a few shops and eateries, both landside and airside, but no 24-hour concessions. Things to do while you wait are limited, but the airport’s free WiFi helps pass the time. For additional comfort options, consider accessing one of the airport lounges for a fee. [ see Airport Lounges in the guide below.]

Sleeping in Glasgow Airport

glasgow airport guideThe airport is generally considered to be safe and accommodating to overnight sleepers. The dining zone on the second level reportedly is said to have comfortable couches that people can sleep on while the restaurants are closed between 11:00 PM and 4:00 AM. Be prepared for high-volume music at 2:30 AM when the cafe staff show up. After this point, it is no longer possible to sleep due to the noise. There was a carpeted floor in Terminal 2 that security and staff let people sleep on; however, according to a recent review, the terminal may now be closed for security reasons. Rows of benches on the landside near Tesco Express are described as comfortable; however, the area is described as noisy and cold, so consider bringing earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones and a sweater or travel blanket. Explore our guide to sleeping in Glasgow International Airport or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.   For uninterrupted sleep, albeit for a price, there is a hotel at the airport and others within walking distance. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Glasgow Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Glasgow International Airport:

  • Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport  – 2-minute walk to/from the airport terminal.  No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport  – 3-minute walk to/from the airport terminal via a covered walkway. No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Courtyard Glasgow Airport – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Premier Inn Glasgow AirportShuttle available on request.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Glasgow International Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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 using a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Upperdeck Lounge – Location: Airside, International Pier, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
  • The Lomond Lounge – Location: Airside, accessible by the elevator across from “Boots.” Lounge Access: Pay at the Door. Hours: 4:45 AM – 6:00 PM.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller, you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

  • Main Terminal, Airside: The Emirates Lounge • British Airways Executive Club Lounge.

Related Pages: Glasgow International Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

Thirsty? Need to refill your water bottle? Drinking water fountains are available. As of this recent update, we only know of one water fountain located airside, on the 1st Floor, in the centre of the terminal.

Food & Drinks

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, head to Gregg’s in the landside area, which is open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage Point offers luggage storage, wrapping, and dry cleaning. Rates for standard size: £9.50/ 1 – 3 hours • £14.50/ 1st day • £12.50 each additional day/bag • £60.00/ 1 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: 4:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Mobile Charging

Charging stations are located throughout both terminals and can be used for free.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers

Unavailable.  If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Glasgow Airport for one hour. Connect to the “Glasgow Airport” network. If you want more time after the initial hour, purchase a package: £2 (24 hours).

At one point, the airport had Surfbox internet stations with printers and mobile charging. We could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Airport Ambassadors – If you are lost or need general assistance, there are roving airport ambassadors that can help.

Dry Cleaning – Drop off your dry cleaning at the Luggage Point (Main Check-in Hall) and pick it up when you return. Location: Check-in Hall, landside, Ground Floor, by the British Airways check-in desks. Hours: 4:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Diaper changing facilities are available in these locations:
    » Landside: Main Check-In Hall, opposite elevator • rear of the Food Court, 1st Floor.
    » Airside: beside the British Airways lounge • 1st Floor, beside Tennant’s Bar • 1st Floor, beside Beardmore Bar • 1st Floor, by Starbucks • at Gates 1-3 and 10-11.
  • Baby supplies – 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.
  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the Kid Zone. Location: Airside, at Gate 27 (West Pier).

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage Weighing – Are you worried your bags exceed your airline’s weight limit? There are scales available to put your mind at ease. Locations: Main check-in hall • Terminal 2, Check-in area. Rate: £1 per bag.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Available at Luggage Point for £13.50 per bag. Location: Check-in Hall, landside, Ground Floor, by the British Airways check-in desks. Hours: 4:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Some machines issue Pounds, Euros and Dollars. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
  • Currency Exchange – Travelex offers currency exchange at the airport. You will find branches available Landside and Airside. All locations have ATMs that dispense GBP, USD and Euro.

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.  Two extra prayer areas are near Gates 14 – 26 and Gate 30.

Shopping – World Duty-Free is open airside from the first scheduled flight until the last. A limited variety of retail shops are also available, with most open from 4:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri) • 4:00 AM – 7:30 PM (Sun, Thu) • 4:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Sat).

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Spa Services -AeroSpa offers services such as manicures, pedicures and massages. Location: Airside. Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the airport.

Airlines
Glasgow International Airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Transat • BH Air • British Airways • Corendon Airlines • EasyJet • Emirates • Icelandair • Jet2 • KLM • Loganair • Lufthansa • Play • Ryanair • TUI Fly • Play Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The local bus system connects GLA airport to the city centre and surrounding areas. For a comfier, more direct route, you can opt for the Airport Express, with tickets starting at £10 per adult. 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 and outside Terminal 2: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar/Thrifty • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • National • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update, we could not find any hotels that provide an airport shuttle. See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride Sharing

Uber operates throughout Scotland. A ride to the city centre will cost you about £66.

Taxis

Official Glasgow Airport Taxis are available directly in front of the main terminal on a 24-hour basis. They 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 cab directly through Glasgow Airport Taxi’s website for a discount.

Last updated: 2024-02-22

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.