A sentimental journey. I used Glasgow Airport this weekend. The first time since 1999. I used to live in Glasgow (I was there for 17 years) and traveled a lot in those years.
I was a bit apprehensive about going back. Many mirrors and ladders. That was the way to get the best flight times and prices for my trip to Belfast however, so I went for it.
It was strange. So familiar, but from so long ago.
It all went pretty well. FlyBe seems to run a tight ship, and a Saturday & Sunday morning in late January are not peak times.
I had pre-booked airport parking with "fast track" through security. There's supposed to be a special parking area for you if you've paid the extra for that service, but it's not signposted anywhere. Disappointing. It was only when I was in Belfast that I looked at the booking again and saw the directions - no use while you're driving.
is there still no budget flights to finland, perhaps the budget flights to Estonia now are better value. check flights www.finland.glasgowhostel.pl or www.estonia.glasgowhostel.pl or the prestwick airport website
Glasgow has 2 airports. Glasgow International is the main one (located at Paisley, 8 miles away). Glasgow Prestwick is a little further away - 32 miles in total.
It is now the local hub for Ryanair, offering cheap flights to a wide range of European destinations. A couple of other airlines use it too - Aer Aran and Wizz caught my eye. I counted 34 destinations on the website as I was writing this.
I used Prestwick last weekend (July 09) for the first time in many years (maybe 12-15). The last time, Ryanair had just started its operations and the airport had been largely unused (except for freight) for a while, and it was pretty unattractive. Now it has come up to scratch, although still very much aimed at the budget airline market.
It has a good train link to Glasgow city centre - the station is only 100m from the terminal. It is only 30 minutes by car (outside rush hours) - motorway or dual carriageway all the way.
One word of warning - the long term parking is expensive. Cost me £20+ for 36 hours, whereas later this month I have 6+ days at Edinburgh Airport for £40+.
Historical background - for a long time (until the early 90s, I think) Prestwick was the only Scottish airport which was allowed to operate transatlantic flights. This was some weird deal between the UK/US governments. Prestwick is great if you live in Glasgow or SW Scotland, but at that time was utterly useless for the rest of the country (the road links have improved a lot since then). That policy was eventually abandoned, so that Edinburgh and Glasgow now offer transatlantic flights.
I took my first flight to New York from Prestwick - July 1974, with BOAC (became part of British Airways about that time) on a Boeing 707. It was also an important cog in the Laker Airways wheel - the pathfinder for budget airlines. Used that service several times in the 70s.
There are two airports in or near Glasgow. The first is 30 miles to the south west in Prestwick (see my Prestwick pages), Glasgow Prestwick Airport, and there is a train that runs each half hour from the airport to the centre of Glasgow that takes about 50 minutes journey time. If you arrive by Ryanair this is the airport you will fly into.
The main Glasgow Airport is to the West of the city. It is possible to get flights to pretty much anywhere from here. If you are travelling with Easyjet you will fly into this airport.
If you are travelling to or from the airport by train get off at Paisley Gilmour street and take the airport shutle bus (number 66). You can buy a train ticket that includes this bus journey. At the train station the bus top is just outside - if you're not sure where anyone there will tell you where it is.
If going to the West End of Glasgow there is a bus which will go there from the Airport (Glasgow Int) arriving at the Botanic Gardens (Top of Byres Road). You can buy a one journey tacket or all day ticket if you are going to be getting about Glasgow the same day. I think the cost is £3 which is excellent value.
Glasgow has its own Airport, West of the city at Junction 28 of the M8 motorway.
General train info
Genreal coach info
General Airport car parking
Due to a remarketing of Prestwick Airport, Glasgow now has two airports.
Glasgow Airport is on the SE fringe of the city and has been expanded several times in recent years to now have a well equiped terminal. Access to the airport is only by road - may have a raillink one day but only after countless feasability studies.
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is according to thier website "just 32 miles from Glasgow City Centre". Edinburgh Airport is only 39 miles away, perhaps it can rebrand to Glasgow Edinburgh Airport? Anyway despite of this it has an excellent road and rail links into Glasgow.
Fly! the airport is only 10 min by car, there are plenty of taxis outside, and a bus service runs you to city centre there is also a good train network and buses from all over the UK
Buses there are hundreds of them going to all parts of the city. (try www.firstglasgow.com for info) they have recently introduced a FIRST DAY ticket for ?2.20 which you can use on all their buses all day.
There is also a limited underground (subway) system which is cheaper and faster but as i said limited. There is a travel centre in St. Enochs Square where you can get timetables for all services.
A car is only a good idea if you plan to use Glasgow as a base, as the city (like most) is busy with traffic (remember we drive on the left:) and there is a confusing one way system which has recently changed and even i dont know where i'm going lol.
When arriving into or leaving from the Glasgow Prestwick Airport - Ryanair flights etc, you get a 50% discount on the airport train from the Glasgow Central Station, you pay £ 2.50 for the 43 minute journey. The final destination when departing Glasgow is Ayr. During the day, the train runs every half hour.
Glasgow's International Airport : is the busiest of Scotland's airport. It lies eight miles to the west of Glasgow city and is within easy reach of the rest of Scotland. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is about 44 miles south of Glasgow in Ayrshire and serves Ryanair and other budget airlines to and from Europe.
Taxi's: are available at the airport 24hrs. Taxi's must pick up from designated taxi ranks.
By coach: Citylink services operate to Glasgow
Freedom of Scotland Travelpass This gives unlimited travel on all scheduled train services within Scotland; all Caledonian MacBrayne scheduled ferry services; various Scottish Citylink services. With the Freedom of Scotland Travelpass you can reach parts of Scotland you can't even reach by car! Roam all over Scotland by train, coach and boat..
Hey, it's pretty easy to get to Glasgow, so no worries....
You can choose to fly straight into Glasgow International Airport (like what I did) OR travel from another part of the United Kingdom i.e. by rail or car.
If you wish to obtain flight information about Glasgow Airport or just any general information, please check out the weblink that I've enclosed for the British Airports Authority at:
Postcard Below: On the road to Glasgow.... :-))
Take a flight there from London. Lotsa cheap air tickets around. Most of the time you will be able to get a flight ticket for below 50 pounds. Train takes almost 8hrs and cost more than flight, unless you cannot get tickets on 'no-frills' airlines.
Bus and legs... u
To get to Glasgow, the best way would depend on where you are travelling from. Glasgow International is the biggest airport with flights coming in from around the world. Central Station is the largest train station in Glasgow with national trains running from numerous platforms. Also, Buchanan bus station which is slap bang in the centre of town, also runs services nationwide.
Glasgow has 2 airports - Glasgow International and Glasgow Preswick. Prestwick is probably easier to get into the city centre from, as there's a train station right there that takes you directly to Glasgow Central. And apparently (so I've been told...) if you show the ticket collecter on the train to/from the airport your flight ticket, you don't have to buy a separate ticket for the train. Either that or the ticket is cheaper...
If you're getting the train, you'll either get in to Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen Street, depending on where you've travelled from. There are taxi ranks outside both, and low level trains at both stations take you to other parts of the city. Also, Buchanan Street Underground is opposite Queen Street Station, if you want to go somewhere near an underground stop.
And for travelling to Glasgow by coach, Buchanan Bus Station is not far from Queen Street station either. But it's not immediately obvious, so you're probably best to get someone to direct you once you get there - plenty of people ask me when I'm in town.
Glasgow is a really easy city to get around. The trains are the best mode of transport, and they're reasonably priced. The underground is also good - very easy to use, and impossible to get lost on, as it runs in a circle! People will tell you that the locals call it the Clockwork Orange (because the trains are mainly orange), but this is a lie - I've never heard it called that in my life, and neither have my friends or family. So if you call it that, you will stand out as a tourist a mile off. You have been warned!!
Buses in Glasgow run to most places, but they're not always as reliable as you might like.... However there are some places that you just can't get to any other way.
From abroad, fly. Glasgow airport is 10mins from the city center by bus or taxi and they are both available at the airport. The bus is gbp3.30 and the taxi will be about gbp10-15. There are national express coaches to Buchanan Street bus station and trains from all over the UK to Queen Street or Central Station. Prestwick Airport is about 45mins from Glasgow but there is a cheap connecting bus and train service.
Go to St Enoch Square travel centre and pick up some bus timetables. There are hundreds of buses to anywhere. Get a first day ticket for gbp1.95 and use this ticket all day on different buses. Have the correct money for the bus coz you don't get any change. The trains are frequent too and there is alway the wee underground system that doesnt go to many places but try it for a laugh anyway!!!