Glasgow Airport car rental

Hire a car from Glasgow Airport

Glasgow airport lies 8 miles west of Glasgow city centre and is within easy reach of the rest of Scotland. Glasgow airport is the busiest of Scotland's three main international airports, with over 8 million passengers passing through each year. Glasgow airport charges a minimum of £1 to pick-up or drop-off passengers.

By car – principal access is off junction 28 of the M8 motorway. Take Junction 28 off the M8, about 20 minutes’ drive from Glasgow City Centre or two minutes from Paisley, the nearest town. The taxi rank is located at the front of the Terminal building, a short walk from UK arrivals. Taxis are available 24 hours a day to any destination.

Airport facilities - Bureaux de Change, cash dispensers, payphones, post office. Free wheelchair assistance and provision is available on request, induction loop and mini-loop and disabled toilet facilities. Babycare facilities and many of the toilet facilities also have baby changing units A wide selection of shopsis available, including newsagents, health and beauty, gifts and accessories. Duty and tax free shops sell alcohol, perfume, cigarettes and gifts. The Food Village, with its wide selection of restaurants, offers a wide choice of food and plenty of seating areas. There are several other takeaway and snack options throughout the Terminal. Any of the catering outlets will be pleased to provide hot water on request for the heating of baby food/milk.

Hotels - there are approximately 8 Glasgow airport hotels either on airport or close by.

Glasgow Airport car rental information

The eight car hire providers are located on the ground floor of the Terminal near the WH Smith outlet, and rental cars are parked by provider in the short-stay car park opposite the Terminal. You will have to return your car to either Car Hire Returns Zone A or Zone B on St Andrews Drive, depending upon your provider – just follow the signs for your car hire provider unless you have arranged a one-way hire. The other alternative is a meet and greet service, but this can be more expensive.

The full range of car models is available between all rental firms at the airport, although currently, only one provider keeps people carriers and minibuses at the airport. Vans are available from two of the rental companies. You are always best checking in advance of you have a vehicle preference or request. Bear in mind that child seats are statutory for children under 12 (or under 135cm in height), so if you have more than one child, unless you are bringing the seats with, you will need one for each, because ignorance of the law is not tolerated in the UK when it comes to child safety matters.

While you are certainly best reserving your rental in advance, if only to have the paperwork ready to go, bear in mind you will need ID and driving licence (complete, if in two parts) in order to collect your car. If the rental company prints out your contract, do double check for any conditions of rental or charges that you weren’t expecting and don’t hesitate to query anything you don’t understand.

The rental company is not trying to fool you, but they can take for granted some of the terms British renters are used to that might not necessarily be expected by rental clients from abroad. And do give the car a look over before you leave the terminal, reporting any damage not of your doing to the representative.

And be wary of long phone calls to rental company to 08 numbers form your mobile, in particular if you have international roaming as an added extra on your mobile phone. O8 and ‘freephone’ telephone number are not free to mobile users, and some, in particular those prefixed with 087, can run you up very high mobile phone costs indeed.

And as you leave the airport, remember that the UK drives on the left and navigates clockwise through roundabouts (where the right of way is to those on the roundabout approaching form the right). And be wary of fast traffic approaching form the right as you join busy dual carriageways and motorways.