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The River Clyde, Glasgow

Flights from Glasgow

Getting There

Flights from Glasgow can depart from either Glasgow International Airport or Glasgow Prestwick, a little further from the city centre. Glasgow International is just 8 miles from the city centre of Glasgow and easily reached by car, bus, train and taxi. Glasgow Prestwick is 32 miles away from the city centre along the M77 and is the only airport in Scotland that has its own railway station. This means that is can also be reached easily by car and train as well as bus and taxi. Both of Glasgow’s airports are frequently used by travellers coming from surrounding cities and areas like Edinburgh, Dumfries, Inverness and even Newcastle and beyond.

Destinations and Airlines

Glasgow Prestwick primarily offers flights to Spain, Poland, Italy, Ireland and France with other occasional destinations like Lativa. Those who are looking for budget airlines and budget prices should check flights from Prestwick. Ryanair and Wizzair are the main carriers operating from Prestwick airport.  Glasgow International operates flights to a much wider variety of European destinations and worldwide from Greece and Turkey to New York and Orlando, sunny Spanish destinations, romantic cities like Paris and even glamorous farther flung locations like Dubai. Glasgow International hosts a range of carries from budget airlines Ryanair, Jet2 and Easyjet to larger more expensive choices like Emirates; tour operators like Thomas Cook, Thomson Holidays and Balkan Holidays and lesser known airlines including IcelandAir.

At the Airport

Being the smaller of the two, Glasgow Prestwick doesn’t offer as many services and facilities as Glasgow International but still offers a good range of shopping and dining as well as internet access, disabled access and baby changing facilities. Book, gift and duty free shops sit alongside cafes, bars and fast food outlets; you can arrange travel, book a hire car, change currency or book a hotel. Glasgow International offers family services, play areas, a huge array of restaurants, cafes and snack bars not to mention duty free areas, electronic, clothes, accessory, gift and toiletry shops to browse.  You will find cash machines, Wi-Fi internet access, executive lounges, smoking areas and even places to enjoy a massage before flying from Glasgow.

Glasgow International boasts a choice of nearby hotels suiting everyone from the budget traveller to those who want to splash out on luxury accommodation before they fly. Glasgow Prestwick Airport has one hotel on site meaning you’ll be ready for an early departure while there are a number of choices of hotels under a mile or so away.

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