Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car Hire from Glasgow Airport

Glasgow is a port town on the Clyde River, in Scotland. Glasgow International Airport is 15.9 km from the Glasgow city centre. The airport is the eighth busiest in the UK, and there are plenty of car hire options available to arriving passengers. 

Cheap and Economy Car Hire in Glasgow

With points of interest scattered throughout the Scottish countryside, renting a vehicle adds value to a trip to Scotland. Luckily, hiring a car from Glasgow International Airport is easy. Rental agency offices are near domestic arrivals. National rental agencies available at the airport are below.

  • Europcar
  • National
  • Alamo
  • Hertz
  • Enterprise
  • Budget
  • Dollar/Thrifty (location in the terminal building)

Each rental agency has different policies on driver age, necessary documentation, insurance, deposits, and pick-up/drop-off locations, so it is important that tourists check with rental agencies and become familiar with the policies. Generally, drivers need the following items to hire a vehicle at the airport:

  • Rental booking confirmation
  • A valid driver's license from any country
  • Drivers must be 21 or older
  • A valid passport
  • Any extra items requested at booking

Important Things to Know about Driving in Glasgow 

Driving through the spectacular countryside in Glasgow is an awe-inspiring experience, even for well-travelled visitors. However, there are some things to watch for while driving in Scotland. Below is a list of important things for travellers to know while driving in the area:

  • Driving is on the left and passing is on the right. 
  • Drivers from the UK must have a valid license. Drivers from other countries may drive in the UK for 12 months using a valid license from another country. 
  • Speed limits are 112 kph on motorways and dual carriageways, 48 kph in urban areas, and 96 kph in rural areas.
  • Fuel is available 24 hours a day in the main city centre, but in rural areas, there are not as many options. Motorists should keep vehicles topped off when driving in remote areas.
  • Roads are busiest from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 
  • There are no toll roads.
  • Seatbelts are mandatory for all vehicle occupants.
  • It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile device while driving. 

Things to do in Glasgow, Scotland

Known as Glasgu during the Gaelic period, there are plenty of things to see in the ancient city. Glasgow is home to exquisite botanical gardens, museums, castles, cathedrals, and the Glasgow Necropolis. Below is a list of notable places to visit in the Scottish town: 

  • Pollock House, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, was once owned by the Maxwell family. Originally built in 1752, the pristine property is 18 minutes (15.3 km) via M8.
  • Bothwell Castle, constructed in the 13th century, is a medieval castle located a short 16 minute (26.9 km) drive from Glasgow International Airport. 
  • Riverside Museum is an ultra-modern museum with historical automobile and interactive exhibits located 11 minutes (11.1 km) from the airport. 

These are just a few of the many wonderful sites in Glasgow. Renting a car from Glasgow International Airport is a great way for visitors to see these great places and the many others the city has to offer. 

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