Car Hire from Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Greater Glasgow and Ayrshire are home to vibrant towns and cities and spectacular natural landscapes. From the bustle of Glasgow city to the serenity of Galloway Forest Park, there’s something for everyone. Hiring a car from Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a great way to get off the beaten track and discover more of this beautiful region.
Where to hire a car at Glasgow Prestwick Airport
There are four car hire companies operating at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Budget all have offices in the arrivals hall of the main terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Glasgow Prestwick Airport
If you’re hiring a car that needs to be returned with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find a BP garage less than five minutes’ drive from the airport, south on the A79.
Driving around Glasgow Prestwick Airport
It’s very easy to get to and from Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The A79 runs right past the airport and provides a route south to Ayr and north to other road connections. Close by, the A78 goes north towards Irvine while the A77 travels north east to Kilmarnock and south towards Stranraer. Drivers can check the Glasgow Prestwick Airport website for the latest traffic updates and news of any road works in the local area before they set out.
Getting to your destination
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is located south west of Glasgow city centre. With a hire car from the airport, there’s easy access to a range of great destinations.
The historic city of Glasgow has lots of attractions for visitors. There’s the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum shedding a light on the city’s history, an impressive cathedral and football at Celtic Park. Visitors can enjoy a walking tour around the city, a visit to a local whiskey distillery, and a range of outdoor activities in the countryside surrounding the city. Great restaurants and nightlife are also in abundance.
Glasgow city is around 45 minutes’ drive from Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Drivers can take the A77 and then the M77 north into the city centre. Glasgow’s grid system makes it easy to navigate and there are a number of car parks located around the centre.
Greenock is a historic town west of Glasgow. It was once a small fishing community and the first dock along the River Clyde. Visitors can find out about the town’s maritime history at the Custom House Museum, wander around the town to see its stately Victorian buildings or hit the shops at Oak Mall Shopping Centre. For those who want to get out and about in the country, The Greenock Cut is a scenic walk by an aqueduct, which has been named one of the top 50 walks in Scotland.
Greenock is around 70 minutes’ drive from Glasgow Prestwick Airport. There are a number of available routes but the most scenic is the A78 heading up the western coast of Scotland. Visitors will find a range of parking options in the town including pay and display car parks and free, limited time spaces.
Galloway Forest Park
Galloway Forest Park is the largest forest park in the whole of the UK. It is home to beautiful and ancient woodland, large lochs, and a great selection of wildlife. Visitors can go hiking, cycling or fishing in the park. There are three visitor centres dotted around the forest and tearooms where you can enjoy a tea and cake break.
It takes around an hour and a half to reach Galloway Forest Park from Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Drivers should take the A77 south and then pick up the A713. Parking is available at all three of the visitor centres. It’s charged at £1 an hour up to a maximum of £3 for a full day stay.