Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Glasgow Prestwick 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.
I’m surprised Michael Ryan has not put in couches/cots/cubby holes to rent, he tries to screw money out of you every which way he can. – Jeff Geoff
PIK 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 Prestwick International Airport.
What to Expect
Glasgow Prestwick Airport (code: PIK) is a small, one-terminal facility with only a few shops, restaurants, cafes and a duty-free shop, all of which close down for the night, leaving only vending machines for late-night snacking. Plan ahead and buy your food and drinks before the concessions close. The airport offers free WiFi, which helps pass the time.
Where to Sleep
The airport is considered safe, with staff and security generally accommodating to overnight sleepers. Reviewers have previously noted that a seating area near the landslide Starbucks has comfortable booths, loveseats and a few full-size couches. Noise and cold temperatures were two sleep hindrances named, so consider earplugs/noise-canceling earphones and a sweater or travel blanket. Airport security may wake you up early, around 6:00AM, to make sure you don’t have an early flight. Explore our guide to sleeping in Glasgow Prestwick Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips. For uninterrupted sleep, there are some hotels within walking and driving distance. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.
Good to Know
Glasgow Prestwick has its own railway station, with regularly scheduled service to central Glasgow.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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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.
If sleeping in Glasgow Prestwick Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Premier Inn Ayr/Prestwick Airport Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Carlton Hotel Prestwick (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Prestwick Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
A reader tells us that there are no first class lounges at Prestwick Airport. If this information is not correct, click here to update this guide.
Free WiFi is available at Glasgow Prestwick Airport for two hours. Connect to the “Free Airport WiFi” network. Beyond the 2 hours of free WiFi, you can purchase a package: £3 (1 hour) • £5 (3 hours) • £9 (24 hours).
Internet kiosks can be found next McIntyres (landside) and in the departure lounge (airside). Rate: unknown
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
Baby Care Facilities – Diaper changing facilities are available in these locations: UK Arrivals (landside) • in the unisex restrooms at Check-In (landside) • unisex restroom in the Departure lounge (airside) • International Arrivals Baggage Reclaim (airside) Toilets fitted with toddler toilet seats can be found in the UK Arrivals women’s restroom (landside) and the unisex restroom in the Departure lounge (airside).
Children’s Play Area – A colorful play area with toys, touchscreen gaming and Xbox Kinect are available in the Play Zone. Location: Airside, Departures lounge.
Currency Exchange – The Change Group has two counters: landside and airside, both are open according to flight schedules.
Duty Free & Shopping – Nuance Tax and Duty Free is available at the airport, along with two WHSmith stores. All are open according to flight schedules.
Food & Drinks – There are no 24 hour food concessions available at this airport.
» Landside: McIntyre’s.
» Airside: Elvis Presley Bar • Par + Eagle Bar and Kitchen.
Hours for all: open for all flight arrivals and departures.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Landside, Check-in area, next to desk 1. Rate: £5 per item per day. Hours: 4:30AM – last departure.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Prayer Room – An interfaith prayer and meditation room is available. Location: Landside, on the upper level.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
Smoking – Not permitted inside the terminal, only designated areas outside of the airport.
Spa – AeroSpa offers services such as manicures, pedicures, massages, eye brow and eye lash services. Location: Airside. Hours: 4:00AM – last flight.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Glasgow Prestwick airport is served by the following airline: Ryanair.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The airport is well connected to the city via the Buchanan Street Bus Station.
- Stagecoach Western Bus X77 offers direct service between the airport and Buchanan Street Bus Station in a 50-minute journey.
- The X99 offers services for early morning/late night flights when public transit is not available.
For more information visit the Glasgow Prestwick Airport website.
Avis is located onsite in the Arrivals area.
Metered five, six and seven-seater taxis are available outside of the terminal on a 24-hour basis. Reservations are not required, but if no taxis are waiting outside the airport, a taxi can be requested using the direct-dial courtesy phone in the Arrivals Hall. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted by all taxis.
Prestwick Airport has its own train station, connected to the terminal by a covered walkway. The airport train station is served by trains travelling to and from Glasgow Central station (50 minute ride), with onward service available to Edinburgh. All passengers travelling to or from the airport by train are eligible for a 50% discount on their train ticket. For more information, visit the Glasgow Prestwick Airport website.
Last updated: 2020-10-19
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