Serviced by Glasgow International Airport (www.glasgowairport.com), which is a 15-minute taxi or bus ride west from the centre, the city is well served by flights from Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and the rest of the UK. Planes land on a near hourly basis from London, Belfast, Southampton and Aberdeen and, on a clear day, the descent over the city is the perfect introduction to the Highlands and Islands in the distance. Direct flights from further afield, including Chicago, New York, Toronto and Dubai, also bring in a rich cosmopolitan mix of visitors.
Getting to the city from Glasgow International Airport
The quickest way to the city centre is by taxi (try Scottish Airport Transfers; www.glasgowairporttransfer.com) – a negotiable fare of around £20-£25 – but a number of express bus routes run between Central Station and the airport for £5. In particular, the Glasgow Flyer (www.glasgowflyer.com) services run up to every 10 minutes, with a journey time of 15 minutes to Glasgow Central Station or a 25-minute trip to Buchanan Bus Station (www.spt.co.uk/bus/bbs). For corporate travellers or business groups, Charlton Limo (www.charltonlimo.com) comes highly recommended.
There are frequent services to Glasgow city centre operated by Arriva. All services have drop off points at various locations in the city including close to Glasgow Central and Queen Street train stations and at Buchanan Bus Station, the main bus terminal in the city centre. TravelineScotland (www.travelinescotland.com) is a good resource for times and fares.
The nearest train station to the airport is Paisley Gilmour Street (County Square, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2DA; www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/pyg/details.html), a one mile bus trip from the terminal by taxi or bus (services 66 and 300), but this is a more convenient option if travelling further afield, as there are direct rail services from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central, Ayr and Clyde Coast destinations.
I normally just take the bus, but as my parents live nearby, if you’re ever stuck for a lift, just drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.