Glasgow Airport is a popular airport in Scotland and many choose to travel by there train to save money and time. Just under 10 miles west of Glasgow city centre, the airport’s easily accessible from Glasgow Central train station. This train station has excellent train links with Scotland and the rest of mainland UK.

The Glasgow Airport Express shuttle bus goes from Glasgow Central to Glasgow Airport terminals. It runs up to every 10 minutes, 7 days a week.

Read on to learn more about buying train tickets, timetables and possible connections.

Getting to Glasgow Airport by train

You can use Trainline to book cheap train tickets to Glasgow Central train station. This will save you time and money on taxis and airport parking, so you’ll have more cash for your holiday. For the lowest price fares, we recommend you book your tickets well in advance of your journey. National Railcards can save you a further 1/3 off an adult’s journey and 60% off fares for your kids.

To get from Glasgow Central to Glasgow Airport terminals, you can first take the train to Glasgow Central station. This has convenient train links from Scotland and the rest of mainland UK. In particular, ScotRail run direct services from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Inverness. The bus stop to Glasgow Airport terminals is around 3 minutes’ walk from Glasgow Central train station. To get there, leave Glasgow Central from the Union Street exit, turn left on to Union Street, and then take the third left on to St Vincent Street. You should see a bus stop with a green aeroplane logo straight ahead of you.

Glasgow Airport Express buses run every 10 minutes during peak times, 7 days a week. They stop just outside of Glasgow Airport. They also operate through the night, every hour from midnight to 05:00. Single bus tickets cost £8 for an adult and £4 for a child.

If you need to be up for an early flight the next morning, a Holiday Inn hotel lies opposite Glasgow Airport terminals, within walking distance.

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Things to do at Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport is the 2nd largest airport in Scotland and it caters to 9 million passengers each year. This means that it has plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The airport has two terminals, but both terminals are interlinked and within a short walk of each other. The check-in desks for Terminal 1 are on the left side of the building as you walk in. Terminal 2 is to your right and connected by a covered walkway.

Glasgow Airport Terminals 1 & 2 share the same departure lounge. You can find the entrance to this just after security by going up the escalator from Terminal 1’s ground floor.

After security, you’ll find a duty-free store with a selection of confectionary, alcohol, souvenirs and other products. After that, the departure’s lounge has a selection of eateries, including Starbucks, Wetherspoon, Frankie & Benny’s and a Caledonia café/bar. Shops include WHSmith, Boots, and Discover Glasgow for souvenirs.

If you’re planning a holiday in Europe, then why not take the train for a memorable experience? You can use Trainline to book cheap fares to major European cities such as ParisAmsterdamMadridBrusselsBarcelona and Rome.