Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport Information (PIK)

Located south of Glasgow, on the west coast of Scotland, Glasgow Prestwick Airport serves mainly holiday and scheduled destinations throughout Europe. The airport is a single-terminal facility that is mainly served by budget carriers offering flights to London, Paris, Rome, Palma and Malaga.

The Aviator Suite and the Syndicate seminar room provide business and conferences facilities at Glasgow Prestwick and internet access is offered at various internet kiosks dotted around the Departures lounge as well as via Wifi hotspots throughout the airport. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is well equipped with money facilities including cash machines both sides of security and a Travelex money changer situated near the Departures lounge entrance. Shops and restaurants are strategically placed throughout the terminal building, while other useful facilities include left luggage, a prayer room and an amusement arcade.

Public transport options to Prestwick and Glasgow from Glasgow Prestwick Airport are good and include buses, trains and taxis. Glasgow is served by Stagecoach Western Express service X77 every 30 minutes, which is the cheapest option for getting into the city, while many hotels offer shuttle services.

Address: Paisley, PA3 2ST, UK
Tel: +44 344 481 5555


Business, VIP & Wifi

Glasgow Prestwick Airport has commendable business and conference facilities for its size and it also comes with excellent internet access. Between them, the Aviator Suite and the Syndicate seminar room have conference and business facilities, while internet cafés and Wifi (wireless internet) hotpots are located throughout the terminal.

Business centres: the Aviator Suite is a comprehensive conference and business venue, with space available for up to 200 delegates and excellent business facilities. There is also a private lounge bar and food available at the Aviator Suite and an escalator provides access. The Aviator Suite can also host parties and receptions and can be booked by calling.

Meeting rooms: the Syndicate seminar room can cater for up to 24 delegates in its modern conference room and also comes with basic business facilities. It can be pre-booked, as can the Aviator Suite, which has space for between 60 and 200 people.

Internet: internet cafés are available on the first floor of the terminal building, before security and in Departures. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is also proud to offer its passengers Wifi internet access through BT Openzone from anywhere inside the terminal. Wifi applies to laptop and PDA users, where vouchers for Openzone airtime can be bought from the information desk and the duty-free store.

Car Rental

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a small yet busy airport and many arriving passengers are tourists wanting to explore Ayrshire and Glasgow. Public transport around the region is very good, although having your own car gives you the chance to fully explore this beautiful region of western Scotland.

There are four major car rental companies represented at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, with large fleets of vehicles on offer. The various car hire firms include: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National, and cars can be rented on-the-spot, although we recommend that you pre-book a vehicle for peace of mind. All car rental companies have desks in Arrivals and can supply maps of the area.


Mothers & babies: there is a special baby care room in the Departures lounge as well as baby-changing facilities in the ladies’ toilets throughout Glasgow Prestwick Airport, where retractable beds have been installed. Mothers with children can have some respite by taking their kids to the video games arcades, which are located before and after security. In addition, there is are WH Smith and Alpha shops on both the landside and airside of the terminal as well as a duty-free store in Departures, all of which offer quality products.

Children: Glasgow Prestwick Airport has excellent options to keep children happy, with a video games arcade located on either side of security – one on the main concourse and another in the Departures lounge. WH Smith has a wide range of books and magazines including children’s colouring books, while most restaurants at the airport offer children’s menus.


The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.

Alicante Faro Murcia
Amsterdam Frankfurt Hahn Oslo Torp
Arrecife (Lanzarote) Gdansk Palma
Barcelona Gothenburg Paris (Beauvais)
Barcelona (Girona) Hamburg (Lubeck) Pisa
Bourgas Ibiza Reus
Bournemouth Krakow Rome
Brussels (Charleroi) Las Palmas Shannon
Dalaman London (Stansted) Stockholm (Skavsta)
Donegal Lourdes Tenerife
Dublin Marseille Warsaw
Dusseldorf Milan (Bergamo) Wroclaw


Glasgow Prestwick Airport is situated 30 miles southwest of Glasgow on the Clyde coast. For those who are driving here, major roads provide access from Glasgow, with the M74 motorway providing fast access to the English border.

From the north: head southwest on the M77 motorway from Glasgow. Merge with the A77 and continue heading southwest towards Prestwick and Ayr. Turn right onto the A78 and then left onto the A79 before Prestwick for the airport.

From the south: head north on the M74 motorway from the English border. Take Junction 8 and exit from the M74 onto the A71 (west) on a heading for Ayr and Prestwick. Bypass Kilmarnock and then follow the A77, A78 and A79 to Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

From the east: take the A76 from Dumfries and then the A70 west to Ayr from Holmhead. Turn right onto the A77 and then continue north along this road before following the B743 and A79 to Prestwick Airport.


Facilities and services at Glasgow Prestwick Airport are comprehensive, allowing the airport to comfortably deal with the two million plus yearly passengers. Both holidaymakers and businesspeople are catered for at the airport; there is a bureau de change and cash machines on-site as well as business facilities at the Aviator Suite and the Syndicate conference room. In addition, shops and restaurants, a left luggage facility, children’s play room, prayer room and baby-changing facilities are available.

Money: there are cash machines situated either side of security at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, with one in the main concourse and the other in the Departures lounge. A Travelex money changer is also on-site and can be found near the Departures lounge entrance.

Services: the left luggage facility at Prestwick Airport is located on the main concourse on the ground floor and is operated by airport security. Amusement arcades for children are situated either side of security, as are toilets with baby care facilities, while a prayer room available for people of all faiths is located in Arrivals, opposite the information desk.

Smoking: it is now an offence to smoke in enclosed public areas in the UK unless it is a designated smoking area. Glasgow Prestwick Airport adheres to this legislation and has installed a smoking area outside the terminal building.


Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a convenient airport to fly into for those visiting Glasgow and Ayrshire and the airport is mainly served by budget airlines. Flights come and go 24 hours to and from destinations throughout the UK and Europe, and there are several quality hotels situated nearby and in the city of Glasgow. Some of our recommended hotels include:

The Thistle (three star)
The Thistle hotel is located in nearby Prestwick and is one of the most popular hotels serving Prestwick Airport, with courtesy shuttle transfers to and from the airport, free parking, business facilities, a golf course and a swimming pool. There is also a gym, bar and restaurant here, while room facilities include satellite TV, trouser press, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Muirhouse Lodge Country Hotel (three star)
Muirhouse Lodge Country Hotel is one of the closest hotels to Glasgow Prestwick Airport and it offers excellent facilities including an airport shuttle service. There is a business centre here as well as meeting facilities, currency exchange and 24-hour room service. Room facilities include TV, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 11:00 More details and reservation online

Manor Park Hotel (three star)
The Manor Park Hotel is an early 20th century Tudor-style hotel, which is situated very near to Glasgow Prestwick Airport and it comes with extensive business facilities, a free car park and 24-hour front desk and porter services. There is also a left luggage facility, children’s activities, an outdoor play area and a café, restaurant and lounge bar. Rooms are fully equipped and feature tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, TV and telephone.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 11:00 More details and reservation online

Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel (four star)
The quality Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel is a modern hotel establishment located near to Glasgow International Airport. The hotel has beautifully-equipped rooms and free parking, and there is a quality restaurant and a café bar on-site, while rooms come with satellite TV, telephone, radio, a fax/modem point and ironing, hair drying and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online


To complement its quality facilities and services, Glasgow Prestwick Airport has friendly and attentive staff including information, porter and security personnel. The information desk can be found near Arrivals on the ground floor, where staff can provide information on airport facilities and flights, Glasgow tourist information and transport options as well as organise assistance for disabled travellers.


Glasgow Prestwick Airport has several car parks for short-term, mid-term and long-term parking, with an easy payment system. Tickets are taken at the barriers upon entry to the car parks and then payments are made at the auto-pay machines on your return to the terminal, with the exception of the long-term car parks, which accept payment at the barrier.

Short term: there are a couple of short-stay car parks, which are well located in front of and adjacent to the terminal building at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Hourly rates are available up to a daily maximum. These car parks are also suitable for dropping off and picking up passengers, as there is no special zone in front of the terminal for these purposes. The first 10 minutes of parking is free.

Mid term: Glasgow Prestwick Airport offers two, mid-stay car parks, which are situated slightly farther out than the short-stay car parks and are good for stays of two or three days. Discounts are available at the mid-stay car parks and charges are levied on a daily basis.

Long term: the long-stay car parks at Glasgow Prestwick Airport are best used for those who plan on staying for more than four days, with weekly or two-weekly stays attracting discounts. Courtesy shuttle buses provide access to the car parks and the terminal and you can pre-book spaces .

Special needs: there are designated disabled parking spaces available in all car parks at Prestwick Airport. If you require assistance from the car parks to the terminal, call your airline ahead of time.

Shops & Eating

Restaurants & bars: quality eateries and bars are located throughout the airport, with the Food Village in the main atrium on the ground floor offering a range of hot and cold food and drinks, while the Alloway Bar has many wines, beers and spirits. The Departures lounge offers a continental connection, with Delice de France, Café Ritazza and Bar Des Voyageur serving delicious UK and European fare as well as a wide range of alcoholic beverages.

Convenience items: the shopping options at Glasgow Prestwick Airport will keep you busy on both the landside and airside of the airport. There are WH Smith and Alpha Retail Trading outlets on both sides of security, with WH Smith offering a wide selection of books and magazines, and Alpha Retail Trading offering genuine Scottish gifts such as whisky and clothing.

Duty free shopping: the Tax & Duty Free store is located in the Departures lounge and is a huge store offering an abundance of travel and business items. There is an excellent selection of tobacco and whiskies as well as perfumes for men and women, skincare products, sunglasses, confectionery and electronic gadgets. Only passengers travelling outside of the European Union can purchase goods at tax-free prices.


Main terminal

Before Security
WH Smith Open – 05:00 – last flight
Alpha Retail – Scottish Presence Open – 05:00 – last flight
Pick ‘N’ Mix Open – 05:00 – last flight
After Security
WH Smith Open – 05:00 – last flight
Tax & Duty Free Open – 05:00 – last flight
Alpha Retail – Scottish Presence Open – 05:00 – last flight

Special Needs

Glasgow Prestwick Airport conforms to European standards on airport facilities for disabled travellers and getting about the airport is straightforward for those in wheelchairs. There are excellent facilities in place for disabled travellers, yet if you require assistance in getting from Check-in to boarding the airplane, it is best to call your airline beforehand so that a dedicated porter can be arranged to minimise delays.

Facilities and services for disabled travellers at Glasgow Prestwick Airport include: disabled persons’ toilets both sides of security, adapted wheelchair-accessible public telephones and a lift from the ground floor to first floor Departures.

All airport signs are clear and concise in consideration of visually-impaired passengers. For further assistance, visit the information desk on the ground floor.

Stopover Guide

Glasgow is the cultural capital of Scotland and it attained the coveted accolade of Europe’s Culture Capital back in 1990. Glasgow is a vibrant city with many quality attractions including award-winning museums and galleries, and some amazing shopping, eating and drinking options. Many people also visit the town of Ayr when flying to Glasgow Prestwick Airport, a bustling coastal city and the birthplace of the famous poet Robert Burns.


• Twelfth century Cathedral St Kentigern on Glasgow High street is the final resting place of St Mungo (Glasgow’s founder) and it has one of Britain’s largest Victorian cemeteries.
• Situated along the river, Glasgow Science Centre has a multitude of interactive displays, with multimedia and science theatres as well as cool laboratories.
• The Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum is a must-see for historians and culture enthusiasts. It is one of Glasgow’s best museums and it boasts collections of works by Rembrandt and other notable greats.
• For entertainment, St Andrew’s Square is a restored and popular precinct in the city centre.
• Not far from Ayr is the village of Alloway, the birthplace of poet Robert Burns and now a major tourist attraction, where mementoes of the penman’s life can be viewed.
• The Maclaurin Art Gallery in Ayr is another huge attraction, featuring a collection of Scottish paintings and contemporary European art.

Eating and shopping: Glasgow has a huge offering of cafés and restaurants, from trendy coffee shops, fine restaurants and fast-food joints in the city centre to traditional greasy spoons. Glasgow also boasts Scotland’s best shopping, with Princes Square Shopping Mall offering everything from high fashion to traditional Scottish gifts.

Glasgow’s nightlife is the city’s greatest asset, with literally hundreds of bars, pubs, live music venues and mega nightclubs offering something for everyone. In addition, the impressive Theatre Royal stages a star-studded line up of Scottish opera and ballet, while the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall also has regular showings.

Although Ayr’s atmosphere doesn’t quite match up to that of Glasgow’s, it does have a number of high quality restaurants and pubs including the Tam O’Shanter Inn, which is a popular thatched pub on Ayr High street.

Day trips & tours: for those that have a car, there is much to see and do in the surrounding region of Glasgow, Prestwick and Ayr. The outstanding Botanic Gardens near Glasgow contain 40 acres of tropical plants and herb gardens; its orchids and begonias are exquisite. Just to the west of Glasgow is the historical town of Paisley, which contains a 12th century abbey and a quality arts centre.

Farther to the west, at the gateway to Loch Lomond, is Dunbarton, an ancient town with a couple of intriguing museums and a castle. Dunbarton is also the gateway to the Highlands. In the opposite direction, Stirling, east of Glasgow, is best known for its massive monument of William Wallace and Stirling Castle. Meanwhile, there are castles and country parks abound in the region surrounding the town of Ayr.


Glasgow Prestwick Airport serves over two million passengers per year through domestic and international charter and scheduled flights to many UK and European destinations, and its excellent facilities and transport options make it an attractive airport to fly to if you are visiting the Glasgow area.

Terminal: there is just one terminal at Prestwick Airport, which handles all domestic and international flights. The airport is mainly served by budget airlines including Bmibaby, Ryanair and Transavia, and passenger areas are divided into two areas: Arrivals on the ground floor and Departures on the first floor.


Glasgow is a fair distance from Prestwick Airport, although buses, trains and taxis ply the route between the airport and the city both day and night. Trains run to Glasgow every 30 minutes and buses are also very regular. You can reach many regional towns by bus and taxi from the airport and shuttle buses are provided by major hotel operations.

Rail & metro: there is a train station at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which is connected to the terminal building by a covered walkway. Trains run to Glasgow every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on Sundays, from where trains run to destinations all over the UK. Trains also run to Prestwick and Ayr from the airport.

Shuttles & buses: Stagecoach Western’s X77 bus service runs between Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Glasgow city centre (Buchanan Bus Station) throughout the day from 06:30 to 22:20. Buses go every 30 minutes to Glasgow city centre, while late night and early morning arrivals can make use of the X99 service to get to the city. National Express coaches also operate from Prestwick Airport to destinations nationwide.

Taxi & limo: Ayr Black Taxis offer taxi services from Glasgow Prestwick Airport, with taxis available on-the-spot 24 hours from outside the terminal building, or alternatively you can pre-book a vehicle by Ayr Black Taxis have provisions for disabled and wheelchair-bound passengers, with seven-seater vehicles available.

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