Stuck on a Glasgow layover at the Glasgow International Airport (GLA)? The airport is located 7 miles west of the city which makes it an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Glasgow layover, click here for useful tips.
To help you get situated, here’s a map of the terminal where you can all the services that the airport offers. If you’re stuck in the airport, to help you bide your time, there are plenty of things to do. There’s shopping and restaurants and bars. You enjoy the views of planes taking off from the runways at Frankie & Bennys in departures, after security. There is also Baby Care near T2’s check in desks 40-64, cash machines, business meeting rooms and a prayer room.
Internet terminals with broadband connection are available in all the terminals, and there are wireless hot-spots for your laptops and handhelds — you’ll need a wireless compatible (Wi-fi 802.11b) device. For more info on Internet and wireless connection at the airport (including how to connect) click here.
You can check into skylounge, the private lounge at Glasgow Airport for up to three hours before your flight (for more info including fees, click here). There is also a Servisair Executive lounge for cardholder membership customers and selected airline customes pre-notified.
You can find a Relaxation Station (after security control) where you can get massages and acupressure. There are also coin-operated Instant Massage chairs in the departure lounge (after security). They cost £1 for three minutes of kneading, rolling and tapping in true shiatsu style.
For those who plan on transferring currency, the airport offers a pre-order commission-free currency program where you can exchange money from 50 different currencies for 0% commission through American Express and Travelex.
The airport offers Left Luggage facilities near the baggage claim in the passenger areas, ground floor where you can leave your bags for a short-term period. It is open Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00 and weekends 09:30-16:00. Prices run for up to eight hours: £4.50 per four-hour block, eight to 24 hours: £10 per item. Oversized items are charged at double rate.
If your tired and looking to spend the night or catch some sleep at a hotel near the airport, there’s many to choose from. For a full list of Glasgow hotels at varying price points, click here.
For those on a long layover looking to spend some time in Glasgow, taxis are available at the front of the terminal building. Taxi drivers must meter the entire journey. The approximate fare from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow City Centre is £20.00 – £22.00 as regulated by Renfrewshire Council. Other transportation options include buses and coaches (click here for more info including the Glasgow Flyer Airport Express, Airlink cityService, bus stop guides and more), the nearest rail station is one mile from the terminal at Paisley Gilmour Street – click here for more info and rental cars are available on the ground floor of the terminal.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Glasgow Layover:
If you’re limited for time, a tour might be the best way to see a number of sights in Glasgow. There’s many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, dinner theater, outdoor activities, and more.
In the heart of Glasgow, you can’t miss this stunning building, The City Chambers. Tours are conducted twice a say at 10:30a.m. and 2:30p.m. and pre-booked tours are also available. For more information, click here.
Said to be the oldest building in Glasgow, the Glasgow Cathedral dates back to the 1200’s. Admission is free and take some time to walk around the grounds.
For those on a long layover, this whiskey distillery is a half hour drive from Glasgow. Guided tours, starting at £5.50 run roughly 45 minutes and take you through the distillery process of the malt whiskey.
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