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Glasgow Prestwick Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or 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 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.

Sleeping in Prestwick Airport

The airport is considered safe, with staff and security generally tolerant of 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, so consider earplugs/noise-cancelling earphones and a sweater or travel blanket. Airport security may wake you up around 6:00 AM to ensure you don’t have an early flight. Explore our guide to sleeping in Glasgow Prestwick Airport or read 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 a railway station with regularly scheduled service to central Glasgow.

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 Prestwick 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 Hotels

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

  • Premier Inn Prestwick Airport Hotel – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Carlton Hotel Prestwick  –  No airport shuttle » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi used to be available at Glasgow Prestwick Airport for two hours. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Internet kiosks could also be found next to McIntyres (landside) and in the departure lounge (airside). As for the free WiFi, we were unable to 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 Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you travel internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, near information centre • Airside, Departure Lounge.

Baby Care Facilities – Diaper changing facilities used to be available in the following 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). Unfortunately, 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.

Children’s Play Area – A colourful play area with toys, touchscreen gaming and Xbox Kinect used to be available airside in the Departures lounge. Unfortunately, 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.

Currency Exchange – Two ATMs dispensing both pounds and euros can be found landside, near the information centre and airside, in the Departure Lounge.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-Free is available, along with a WHSmith store. All are open according to flight schedules.

Food & Drinks – No 24-hour food concessions are available at this airport.
» Landside: McIntyre’s. Hours 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Mon – Fri) • 12:00 AM – 6:30 PM (Sun).
» Airside: Elvis Presley Bar. Hours: varies • Par + Eagle Bar. Hours: 3:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage lockers used to be available landside, in the Check-in area, next to desk 1. 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.

Mobile Charging – Power sockets can be found at the Par + Eagle Bar.

Prayer Room – An interfaith prayer and meditation room used to be available landside, on the upper level. 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.

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

Showers – Not available.

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

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited inside the terminal, only in designated areas outside the airport.

Spa – AeroSpa offers manicures, pedicures, massages, eyebrow and eyelash services.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

Glasgow Prestwick airport is served by the following airline: Ryanair.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The airport is well connected to the city to the Buchanan Street Bus Station.

  • Stagecoach Western Bus X77 offers direct service between the airport and Glasgow City Centre. Click here for more info.

For more information, visit the Glasgow Prestwick Airport website.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride Sharing

Uber operates throughout Scotland. A ride to the nearby city of Ayr will cost you about £13, while the fare to Glasgow city centre is roughly from £50 to £55.

Taxis

Metered five, six and seven-seater taxis are available outside 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.

Train

Prestwick Airport has a 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 (40-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: 2023-10-13

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.