Prestwick Airport car hire

Hire a car from Prestwick Airport

Prestwick airport is located close to Prestwick town centre with good transport links from all surrounding areas. Today nearly 2 million passengers pass through the airport and there are 25 destinations on offer.

By car - Prestwick airport is accessible from the A79. Whether travelling from the north or the south, the best way to approach Prestwick is using the A77, from which there are turnings for the A79. Alternatively, visitors to the airport could approach from the nearby town of Ayr - again using the A79.

The airport sits on the outskirts of the small town of Prestwick, itself just two miles north of the county town of Ayr. Although well known for its aviation industry and golf, Prestwick has remained a small town, overshadowed by the facilities offered by its near neighbour. Ayr benefitted over the centuries from its commercial port, and while much of the industry that grew up around the river has since closed, the town remains a key shopping town for south Scotland, with two shopping centres and a retail park. While five miles further north of Ayr is the international Troon golf course, Ayr itself has four courses, as well as the equally famous Ayr Racecourse and a strong history in Ice Hockey. And mention has to be made that Scotland’s national poet, Robert (Robbie) Burns, was born in Alloway, just outside Ayr. The area is perfect for those wanting to take the wonderful Scottish air and scenery, be it walking, cycling, fishing or just relaxing.

Airport facilities - Information desk, left luggage, Bureau de Change, cash point, disabled toilets and wheelchairs. Tax and Duty Free shop, WH Smith. There are outlets selling hot and cold drinks and snacks and alcoholic beverages. The Food Village is located on the ground floor of the Terminal.

Hotels – if you have to catch an early flight from Prestwick airport or returning on a late flight, there is the Thistle Hotel in Prestwick.

Prestwick car rental information

There are five car hire providers in the arrivals’ hall at Prestwick airport, with cars available in the car rental car park that is located in front of the Terminal. You may be able to arrange for an off-airport rental form other providers, but if this is on a meet and greet basis you may find it to be more expensive.

However, between the existing providers, you should be able to book the car model you require, whether small, large, family or luxury, and if you are driving away from Scotland, you may be able to arrange the convenience of one-way hire. It is worthwhile checking in advance if you require a 7 or 9-seater people carrier, but be aware that minibuses are not available from Prestwick rental providers and only one of them can provide a van.

It is always best to book in advance to be sure of obtaining the best deals, securing the model style of vehicle you require and filling in the paperwork which otherwise takes time when you arrive. If you do book on arrival, the representatives will, of course, be more than helpful, but do remember your driving licence, ID and credit or debit card. You can also book by phone, and if using a smart mobile, some rental companies have their own dedicated app.

Don’t forget to check all paperwork and that you’ve received what you expected and are not paying for anything you haven’t! Review the car for any prior damage by a previous renter to make sure you don’t get charged for their carelessness at the end of your rental.

Because the UK drives on the left, don’t assume you know where all the vehicle controls are! Go through anything you are not sure of with the rental representative before you set off. Remember, roundabouts are clockwise and approached by giving right of way to traffic on them from your right.

Also, the little things like fuel cap release switch, where the wiper and light switches are and how the alarm works are all vital to the safety of your travels. And while both distances and speeds are measures in miles, fuel is vended in litres.