Glasgow Airport Parking
One of two airports serving Glasgow – the other is Prestwick – Glasgow Airport lies around nine miles to the west of the city centre. With a mix of international and domestic flights, Glasgow carries over nine million passengers a year and is Scotland’s main long-haul airport.
If you are planning on driving to the airport and need to book Glasgow Airport parking, then we’re here to help. By booking your airport parking with APH you will not only be booking with the experts – we have been in the airport parking business over forty years and have been voted Best Airport Parking Company at the British Travel Awards 12 years in a row – but you will also benefit from our special offers and tips on how to secure the best airport parking deals at Glasgow.
You will want to know that your vehicle is kept safe and sound while you are away. Rest assured that the types of Glasgow Airport car parking that we offer have all been tried and tested and we work only with approved parking providers.
To find out more about airport parking and how you can save on costs, take a look at our Glasgow Airport car parks guide below.
Here’s a quick overview of the car parking options we currently have on offer.
Make sure you book the parking facility or parking service that suits your needs best.
|Car Park||Parking Type||Transfer Time||Park Mark|
|Glasgow Airport Long Stay Weekend Parking|
Transfer time 5 minutes
£29.99For 3 days
|Glasgow Airport Long Stay Parking|
Transfer time 5 minutes
|Short Stay Weekend Special Car Park 2|
Walking time 2 minutes
£59.99For 3 days
|Short Stay Car Park 2|
Walking time 2 minutes
£65.95For 3 days
Park Mark Safer Parking Award
Security is paramount when considering your airport car parking options, just as it is for parking at any airport.
The Park Mark Safer Parking scheme is a Police Crime Prevention Initiative designed to reduce both crime and the fear of crime in car parks across the UK. The Park Mark Safer Parking Award is given to car parks that meet the scheme’s standards of security, maintenance and management, such as Glasgow Short Stay Parking and Glasgow Fast Track Parking.
Assessments for the award are carried out on an annual basis, to ensure standards are maintained.
Here at APH we are firm supporters of Park Mark Safer Parking Award.
Find out more about the Park Mark Safer Parking Award.
Glasgow Airport Parking Reviews
Our Glasgow Airport car parks reviews are independently collected and verified by Reviews.io. You may find them helpful in selecting which type of parking to book.
We appreciate all customer feedback, whether it is about customer service, car park facilities or the APH booking process, so we can continue to provide our customers – old and new – with the best airport parking experience.
Glasgow Airport has one terminal, which makes it simple to book airport parking.
The majority of airport parking options that we offer are close to the terminal entrance, so it is easy to navigate from parking through to check-in.
Take a quick look at our airport terminal guides to find out what facilities to expect once you are inside the terminal building, including charges for baggage trolleys, how to access the free WiFi and where to eat and drink.
Glasgow Airport hotels & parking
Airport hotels are a great option for those with an early morning flight departure. Not only does a pre-flight hotel stay make for a relaxing start to a trip away, it’s also a good way to avoid unexpected morning traffic jams too.
Moreover, if you book a hotel together with Glasgow Airport parking, you can usually save on costs. Have a look at our Glasgow Airport hotel and parking packages.
How to get cheap Glasgow Airport parking
Finding the best deal is important for most travellers and we are happy to share our money-saving tips for car parks at Glasgow Airport.
Book early to save on your Glasgow Airport car parking
Airport parking charges fluctuate according to both season and availability. The same as many airfares in fact. An easy way to save on costs, therefore, is to book in advance – at the same time as you book your flights, perhaps.
We have gathered tons of airport parking booking data over the years and analysis of the data for Glasgow parking shows that those who make their booking with APH six months prior to travel save, on average, over 25 per cent, compared with those who confirm their airport parking reservation just one week before they fly.
In terms of cash, this translates to paying £43 for a week’s parking instead of £58.00. That’s a saving of £15.00 – money better spent on fun stuff instead!
You can see how average daily parking prices increase over a period of six months on the chart below.
Prices are correct at time of writing and subject to change
Pick Park & Ride parking
Generally, the most economical type of airport parking, Park & Ride car parks are usually sited off-airport – but not too far away. At Glasgow, Skyport is less than 10 minutes by bus transfer from the terminal doors and offers secure parking facilities with CCTV, barrier controls and security fencing, as well as 24-hour patrols. The Skyport car park carries the Park Mark Safer Parking Award.
Our cheapest parking at Glasgow Airport
Here is the parking we currently offer at Glasgow Airport.
|Car park||Parking type||Transfer time||Price*|
|Glasgow Airport Short Stay||On Airport Short Stay||2 minute walk||£59.99*|
|Glasgow Airport Fastrack Parking||On Airport Fast Track Parking||2 minute walk||£83.99*|
*prices based on 1 weeks parking in January 2023
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Different types of airport parking suit the various types of requirements of airline passengers. Here’s a quick overview of the types of airport parking you might come across when planning your trips.
On-airport parking: How it works
On-airport parking refers to car parks that are situated within the airport grounds. These are usually the closest to the terminal building. Glasgow Short Stay Parking, for example, is just two minutes on foot to the terminal entrance.
All you need to do is drive to the car park, find a space, take your bags and walk to the terminal.
On-airport car parks benefit from the tight security that operates within the airport complex. In addition, Glasgow Short Stay Parking and Glasgow Fast Track Parking are accredited with the Park Mark Safer Parking Award.
Here's a quick overview of how on-airport parking works.
Best for: those preferring to park within walking distance of the airport terminal.
Off-airport: How it works
Off-airport car parks are often the most cost-effective type of airport parking.
Located outside the airport perimeter and requiring a short bus transfer, off-airport car parks are usually easy to find and, if you book through APH, you can be assured of 24-hour security for your vehicle while you are away.
Just follow the directions to the car park, drop off your car, take your luggage and hop on the next shuttle bus for the free ride to the terminal.
When you return from your trip, follow the signs in the Arrivals Hall to the car park buses and take the short ride back to the car park to collect your car.
Here's a quick overview of how off-airport parking works.
Best for: travellers looking for the most economical type of airport parking, without wanting to compromise on security and safety.
APH does not currently provide off-airport parking at Glasgow. Check out our great value Glasgow Short Stay Parking instead.
Use the map to find directions to our Glasgow Airport parking facilities.
History of Glasgow Airport
Located in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Glasgow International started life as Abbotsinch Airport, an overspill for the RAF base at Renfrew. It was renamed HMS Sanderling when the Royal Navy took over in 1943 and became the base of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force 602.
When Glasgow Airport was officially opened in May 1966 it grew quickly, with over one million passengers passing through by the end of the year. In 1973, the runway was extended to allow larger jets to land and take off and in 1975, with ownership passing from Glasgow Corporation to BAA, a major development project was launched, resulting in an extension of the terminal building and expansion of the airport to cater for six million passengers per year.
In 1990, with nearby Prestwick Airport losing its monopoly on transatlantic flights, Glasgow began to welcome more international traffic and passenger numbers rose steadily, making the airport the fourth busiest in the UK by 1996.
In 2015, over 7.4 million passengers flew in and out of Glasgow and the airport won UK Airport of the Year at the National Transport Awards. In the same year, it was announced that Glasgow had become one of Europe’s fastest-growing airports.
In August 2017, a new record was set, as Glasgow handled over one million passengers in one month.
Glasgow Airport has two terminals, with Terminal 1 being the largest and consisting of three piers, or concourses. Terminal 2 is to the right of Terminal 1.
If your flight departs from Terminal 2, you’ll go through the same airport security as passengers in Terminal 1, but your check-in desks and information desks will be in Terminal 2. The two terminals are linked by a walkway.
Facilities at the terminal include cash machines, currency exchange services, internet access, left luggage facilities, lost property offices, family facilities and business services, as well as shops, restaurants, bars and lounges.
There is a selection of airport parking to choose from, to suit different budgets.
Glasgow Airport offers flights to over 150 destinations in the UK and worldwide, with airlines including:
- Aer Lingus
- Air Transat
- BH Air
- British Airways
- Corendon Airlines
- Gama Aviation
- TUI Airways
The check-in area is on the ground floor of each terminal.
If you have already checked in online before coming to the airport, don’t forget to bring your boarding pass with you. If you are travelling with just hand baggage, you can head straight for security to go through to the departures lounge. If you have luggage checked in, drop your bags at your airline’s check-in desk before heading to security.
You can check hand luggage restrictions at home before you pack.
Check your travel documentation for advice on the latest check-in times and boarding times and make sure you allow sufficient time to clear security.
Main travel connections
Lying around eight miles from Glasgow city centre, Glasgow Airport is easily accessed by road. The M8 runs right past the airport. If you are travelling from the East, exit at Junction 28. If you are travelling from the West, exit at Junction 29.
If you are driving your own car to the airport, there are a range of airport parking options to keep your car safe while you are away.
Glasgow Airport postcode: PA3 2SW
- Edinburgh to Glasgow Airport is approximately 56 miles (via the M8).
- Greenock to Glasgow Airport is approximately 16 miles (via the A8/M8).
- Falkirk to Glasgow Airport is approximately 32 miles (via the M80/M8).
- Stirling to Glasgow Airport is approximately 35 miles (via the M80/M8).
- Perth to Glasgow Airport is approximately 71 miles (via the A9/M80).
There are regular bus services between Glasgow city centre and the airport. Buses leave from Buchanan Bus Station – links to services across the country – and stop outside the terminal building. Allow at least 15 minutes for the journey.
Glasgow Airport Express 500 runs every 15 minutes from 04:30 until 20:00 and every 30 minutes from 20:00 to 00:00.
First 77 Hospital Connect runs via Renfrew, Braehead shopping centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Partick.
McGill’s 757 runs between the airport and Paisley Gilmour Street Station.
Citylink 914, 915 and 917 serve Skye via Loch Lomond and Fort William.
Citylink 977 serves Oban.
For more information visit Traveline Scotland.
Glasgow Airport does not have its own railway station, but you can use McGill’s 757 bus service from Paisley Gilmour Street Station, which runs every 15 minutes to the airport. Trains between Glasgow and Paisley run approximately every 10 minutes. Check up-to-date information at Traveline Scotland.
You can drop off passengers in the designated drop-off zone right outside the terminal building.
The drop-off charge is £4.00 for up to ten minutes. If you want to stop for more than ten minutes then you need to use the Short Stay car park, or the Long Stay car park, where you can stay free of charge for up to 30 minutes.
Vehicles that remain in the Express drop-off zone longer than ten minutes will be charged a premium at the exit barrier, which can be paid by cash, card or contactless.
If you have an electric vehicle, you can use the Express drop-off free of charge for up to ten minutes. To take advantage of this, you must pre-register in advance. Your registration will be valid for six months, so if you plan to enter the drop-off zone more than once, you do not need to register again if it is within the six months. If your vehicle cannot be confirmed as fully electric, you will be contacted and will not be eligible for the free ten minutes.
Blue Badge holders
Blue Badge holders are recommended to use the Short Stay car park for dropping off passengers that require extra assistance. All Blue Badge holders have a free 30-minute window for drop-off and pick-up in the Short Stay car park. You will need to press the buzzer at the exit barrier and read out the 13-digit number on your Blue Badge card.
The Long Stay car park at Glasgow airport offers a free 30-minute drop-off. The Long Stay car park is about a ten-minute walk from the terminal. There is a frequent electric bus service from the car park to the terminal, or walking takes around eight minutes. Make sure you factor in enough time to get to check-in and security.
When you arrive at the Long Stay car park, take a ticket at the entry barrier. Providing you do not stay more than 30 minutes, there will be no charge to pay when you take your ticket to the payment machine to be validated for exit.
Short Stay car park charges
The Short Stay car park at Glasgow Airport is directly opposite the terminal building. It provides covered multi-storey secure parking. The walk to the terminal takes two minutes.
Short Stay car park charges:
- up to 1 hour £7.00
- up to 2 hours £12.50
- up to 3 hours £15.00
- up to 4 hours £21.00
- up to 24 hours £38.00
- additional days thereafter £26.00
Alternatively, book ahead for the best rates. No need to take a ticket at the barrier; if you already have a booking, the car park operates on number plate recognition for ease of entry and exit.
To avoid any queuing for the security area, you can purchase a pass for Priority Security, which gives you access to a fast-track lane. Priority Security is ideal for those running short of time or who want to make the journey through the airport a little smoother.
- Opening times: 04:00 – 20:00
- Price from £5.99 per person
- You can book online in advance.
Special assistance and disabled facilities
Special assistance is available at Glasgow Airport for those with reduced mobility and additional support needs, Assistance can be provided from the time of arrival at the airport (including Car Park 1 and 2, bus stops and the Express Drop-off zone) to boarding the aircraft and is free of charge.
Special assistance bookings should be made with your airline or travel agent in advance, ideally, at the time you make your flight reservation and at least 48 hours prior to travel. If you have not been able to book special assistance in advance, you can still request it at the airport and all reasonable efforts will be made to assist you.
You can either make your own way to the check-in desks and inform the airline staff of your request for special assistance or go directly to the Special Assistance Hot Desk in the main terminal check-in area, next to the escalators. You can also use the help points, as follows:
- Express drop-off
- coach drop-off (x2)
- within car parks 1,2 and 3
- central forecourt bus stands
- Long Stay car park 4, beside the bus shelter
Blue Badge parking bays are available in Car Park 1 and 2. All Glasgow Airport car parks offer Blue Badge holders 30 minutes of free parking.
You can remain in your wheelchair through the security process, but it will require you to go through the archway metal detector with a full body search. Private search areas are available on request.
You can download the Glasgow Airport guide to taking items through security in advance of travel to help you be prepared.
There is a changing place facility in the main check-in hall accessible to both departing and arriving passengers. It is located between WH Smith and Luggage Point and includes a height-adjustable sink and changing bench, non-slip floor, electric hoist, shower and privacy screen, as well as extra space.
You should be able to remain with your own mobility equipment up until the boarding gate. If you are travelling with an electric mobility aid, it is important that you provide details on the make and model to your airline at the time of making the booking, so the airport staff can make it safe to load it into the hold of the aircraft.
Assistance dogs may be brought into the UK without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the EU Assistance Dog scheme.
You must be travelling to Glasgow with an approved airline on an approved route, which you can check here.
You must pre-book your assistance dog with your airline to ensure they are eligible to travel with you.
You can book special assistance for a hidden disability with your airline or travel agent. For passengers with autism, you should request DPNA assistance.
Glasgow Airport provides sunflower lanyards, which are available at the Special Assistance Hot Desk in the main check-in area. The sunflower lanyard identifies the wearer to staff as someone who may need additional support or understanding.
Download the Glasgow Airport visual guide to planning your journey.
Download the Glasgow Airport simple guide when travelling by air.
- There are baby-changing facilities in the following locations:
- before security in the main check-in hall
- on the first floor towards the rear of the food court
- after security on the first floor next to Starbucks
- on the first floor near the Beardmore Bar and Tennent’s Bar
- after security, next to the British Airways lounge
- at Gates 1 to 3 and 10 to 11
If you are travelling with a pushchair, you can usually take it right up to the gate, just before you board your flight, where the staff will take it from you to put in the hold.
You can keep the kids entertained at Glasgow Airport’s Kids Zone soft play area, located after Gate 27 on the west pier.
Alternatively, you can purchase tickets to visit the Upper Deck on the top floor, which offers the best panoramic views of the airport for any avid plane-watchers as well as a kids zone and games centre.
- Price from £25.00 per adult (14+ years)
- Price from £19.00 per child (2 to 13 years)
Glasgow Airport Business Centre is located next to the terminal building and has conference and venue rooms for hire, with free WiFi and parking.
The capacity of the largest room is 20 and there are four types of the meeting room. Equipment for hire includes TV and video, LCD projector and photocopying. A range of catering options are available. Book here.
To fast-track through to the security area, you can purchase a pass for Priority Security.
- Opening times: 04:00 – 20:00
- Price from £5.99 per person
- Book online in advance.
Upper Deck Lounge
Offering stunning runway views, the Upper Deck Lounge provides a fresh, modern environment to relax in while you wait for your flight. Complimentary drinks and snacks are included as well as free WiFi. There are multiple charging ports for mobile devices, as well as complimentary magazines and newspapers.
Maximum stay is three hours, and the last booking is taken at 18:30.
- Opening times: 05:00 – 20:30
- Price from £25.00 per adult
- Price from £19.00 per child
Champagne PIAFF at The Loch Lomond Bar
The Lomond Bar sits in a prime location in the main departures hall and provides fantastic views of the airfield against the stunning backdrop of the Campsie Fells. Enjoy a relaxed seating area with a pre-flight drink.
Price from £5.00 per person
Note the value of your table reservation only will be converted into complimentary bar credit.
British Airways Lounge
Open to British Airways Executive Club members and British Airways passengers with fully flexible tickets, the British Airways lounge is located on the first floor on the central pier.
The Emirates lounge is located on the first floor on the central pier and is open to eligible Emirates passengers and affiliated airlines.
Glasgow Airport’s Prayer Room is located on the first floor of the departures concourse, in the Priority Security corridor. The Prayer Room provides a tranquil place for passengers of all faiths and denominations and is open 24 hours a day.
There are two additional Prayer Areas, one at the entrance to Gates 14 to 26 on the central pier and the other at Gate 30 on the west pier.
Food and drink
There is a wide range of refreshment options at Glasgow Airport for all ages, from coffee and pastries to pancakes and ribs.
- Starbucks - Frappucinos, lattes, pastries & paninis - Opening times: 04:00 – 21:30
- The Spinning Jenny - Breakfast, light bites, pizzas & burgers - Opening times: 04:00 – 23:00
- Beardmore Bar & Restaurant - Timeless, classic bar-restaurant - Opening times: first flight – last flight
- Bird & Cygnet - Celebrating Scottish ingredients - Opening times: TBC
- Burger King - 100% beef flame-grilled burgers - Opening times: first flight – last flight
- Café Bar - Hot toasties and baguettes - Opening times: 05:00 – 19:00
- Caledonia Bar & Restaurant - Great views and selection of food and drinks - Opening times:
- 04:00 – 16:00 Monday
- 06:00 – 16:00 Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
- First flight – last flight Thursday, Friday & Sunday
- Champagne PIAFF at the Loch Lomond Bar - Stunning views, book ahead - Opening times:
- 06:30 – 18:00 Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
- 11:00 – 18:00 Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
- Frankie & Bennies - A taste of 1950s America - Opening times: first flight – last flight
- Krispy Kreme - Fresh doughnuts every day - Opening times:
- 05:00 – 19:00 Monday to Thursday
- 05:00 – 20:00 Friday & Sunday
- 05:00 – 17:00 Saturday
- Starbucks - Frappucinos, lattes, pastries and paninis -Opening times: 04:00 – last flight
- Tennent’s Pier Bar - Last-minute pint before you fly - Opening times: 05:00 – 21:30
Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminal buildings. Smoking is banned by law in enclosed public spaces. Where can I smoke cigarettes and ‘vape’ e-cigarettes at Glasow Airport
There are water refill stations in both terminals at Glasgow Airport. Most food outlets at the airport will provide free tap water upon request too.
You’ll find World Duty Free just after security. Shop in advance with the World Duty-Free reserve and collect service.
Note that duty-free shopping is available only for departing and arriving passengers.
- 04:00 – 21:30 Sunday to Friday
- 04:00 – 19.30 Saturday
Other shops at Glasgow Airport include:
- Luggage Point
- M&S Simply Food
- discover Glasgow
- JD Sports
- Jo Malone London
- Rangers Store
- Sunglass Hut
There are different power points available around the terminal buildings, which can be used for charging mobile devices.
EV charging points
Long Stay car park
- bp pulse
- 3 devices
- 6 connectors
- Type 2 (7kW)
Tesla Destination Charger
- 130 Abbotsinch Road
- 3 devices
- 22.0 kW
Free WiFi is provided at Glasgow Airport for up to one hour per day without the need to sign up. You can get up to four hours free by signing up. Longer durations are available as follows:
- 24 hours £4.00
- 7 days £9.00
- 30 days £20.00
To get connected, on your mobile device select “Glasgow_Airport_WiFi”. Then select “Required Duration.” If you are a first-time user, you may be required to register some information.
Luggage trolleys are free to use at Glasgow Airport and can be found within the terminal and the airport car parks.
You can store your bags at Glasgow Airport with Luggage-Point. Shipping services are also available here, as well as a lost property service.
You’ll find Luggage-Point in the main check-in hall.
Luggage storage costs:
- up to 3 hours £8.50 per item
- up to 1 day £12.50 per item
- additional days £10.00 per item
- weekly £50.00 per item
Oversized items are charged at double the rate.
Currency exchange at Glasgow Airport is operated by Travelex. You can pre-order your currency and collect it from the Travelex store at the airport. Euros and US dollars can be ordered up to four hours prior to collection; for all other currencies – Travelex have up to 50 currencies ¬– you need to put your order in before 15:00 the previous day.
You can also get instant euros or pounds sterling from the Travelex ATMs, which are located throughout the airport. Or purchase a Travelex Money Card, which is available for use in ten different currencies and locks in the exchange rate.
The Travelex Buy Back Plus scheme means you can exchange any leftover currency with them after your trip, for the same rate as you bought it. Buy Back Plus is available for £4.99.
There is a Boots store in the departures lounge after security. You can Click and Collect up to three days prior to departure.
- Departures lounge, after security
- Opening hours: 04:00 – 20:00
For special assistance, the main Special Assistance Hot Desk is in the check-in zone in the main terminal, next to the escalators.
There are also help points around the airport including outside the terminal at the following locations:
- Express drop-off
- coach drop-off
- within Car Park 1, 2 and 3
- central forecourt bus stands
- Long Stay car park 4, beside the bus shelter