Car Rental at Glasgow Airport

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Glasgow Airport, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$15.51 per day
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$25.40 per day
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$37.17 per day
Intermediate
Nissan Qashqai or similar
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$65.73 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Premium
Skoda Superb or similar
Skoda Superb
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Arnold Clark
$82.72 / per day
Standard
Citroen C5 Aircross or similar
Citroen C5 Aircross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$84.25 / per day
Minivan
Ford Galaxy or similar
Ford Galaxy
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$99.90 / per day
Compact Elite
Mercedes A Class or similar
Mercedes A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$132.05 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:01 on 2023-01-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Traffic direction
Left-hand side
Country code
44
Average car rental price
$67.84 / per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mph
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.5
Glasgow Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

More gritty and blue-collar than Edinburgh, Scotland’s other large city, Glasgow is a fascinating travel destination. Known for its distinct architecture, many cultural institutions, and fun nightlife, it has plenty to keep you entertained. These are three of its most notable attractions:

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: This museum and art gallery in Glasgow is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. The museum has 22 galleries, with a range of exhibits including Renaissance art, taxidermy, and artefacts from ancient Egypt. There’s even a wild haggis! 

  • Glasgow Cathedral. One of the symbols of the city, Glasgow Cathedral dates back to the 12th century, although other religious sites are said to have stood in the same place even 700 years before that. A notable example of medieval Gothic architecture, the Catholic church continues to fulfill its original function but has also become a very popular tourist attraction. If you’re interested in Glasgow and Scotland’s religious history, you can also visit St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art.

  • Riverside Museum. Also known as the Glasgow Museum of Transport, this cultural center is known for its unique building designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid. The recipient of the 2013 European Museum of the Year award, the quayside museum has an interesting collection of ancient vehicles, steam locomotives, and classic Glasgow trolleybuses of the 1950s and 60s. Visit the City of Glasgow’s official website to learn more about admission and tickets. 

  • Glasgow Botanic Gardens. One of the most notable in Britain, the city’s botanical gardens are equally known for their wide collection of flora and the scenic glasshouses in which they are located. There are both native species of plants and exotic examples from around the world including impressive tree ferns. The botanic gardens are right next door to Kelvingrove Park, one of the largest green spaces in Glasgow..

Top international routes

  • Dublin
  • Amsterdam
  • Dubai
  • Belfast

Main airlines

easyJet, Flybe, Ryanair, Jet2.com, TUI Airways, and British Airways

Terminals

The single airport terminal consists of three piers—the West Pier, the Central Pier, and the East Pier. West Pier is also known as the International Pier, where most international flights will arrive. All three piers are connected, and you can easily walk between them.

Location

Glasgow Airport is about 16 km (10 mi) from Glasgow city center. The M8 motorway is the main road connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Station wagons - from $68 per day
  • Large cars - from $67 per day
  • Medium cars - from $56 per day
  • Small cars - from $50 per day
  • SUVs - from $86 per day

Car rental desks

Most are located near the domestic arrivals hall.

Services and facilities

You’ll find many snack kiosks, cafés, and restaurants, a sports bar, and a pub. For shopping, visit one of the many stores, duty-free outlets, Scottish-themed gift shops, or the airport supermarket. There are also ATMs, baby changing rooms, a children’s play zone, a spa, laundry service, photo booths, and a prayer room. Luggage storage, on the ground floor near the British Airways check-in desks, is open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The airport is well-equipped for travelers with reduced mobility and offers special assistance, but you should get in touch with your airline before your flight if you’d like this service. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

Gulf Hillington gas station, located at Sandwood Road, Glasgow G52 4JZ, can be reached in about six minutes and is open 24/7. While other gas stations are even closer to Glasgow Airport, travelers give this one a high rating.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Edinburgh (88 km / 55 mi). The capital of Scotland is one of the most picturesque (and most visited) cities in all of the United Kingdom. Attractions include the beautiful Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Many nice beaches are also located near the city.
  • Prestwick (61 km / 38 mi). A small town best known as the location of the secondary Glasgow Airport, Prestwick nonetheless has its fair share of delights. The attractions include a number of high-quality golf courses, the Shaw Monument, and the St. Nicholas Church.
  • Manchester (352 km / 219 mi). Best known as an industrial center and the home of two famous English football teams, Manchester is also a city of science, arts, and culture. Some of the most popular destinations in the city are the impressive Manchester Town Hall, Central Library, and the People's History Museum, as well as famous areas like Chinatown, the Village, and Curry Mile.
  • Dublin (404 km / 251 mi). The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin’s attractions include the St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin City Gallery, Famine Memorial, and Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship Museum. The fastest trip from Edinburgh to Dublin includes taking a ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland, so if you plan to travel this way, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit you taking a rental car on a boat.
  • London (764 km / 475 mi). The capital of England and the United Kingdom, London is home to such world-famous landmarks as Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. London is also a foodie’s dream, with delicious cuisine from all over the world widely available in the city.
  • Cardiff (639 km / 397 mi). The capital and largest city of Wales, Cardiff is something of a hidden gem among British cities. Its attractions include the 11th century-built Cardiff Castle, the Wales Millennium Center of opera and dance, and St. Fagans National History Museum. After seeing Cardiff, you can visit the nearby Bristol or Swansea, two other interesting travel destinations.
  • Middlesbrough (304 km / 189 mi)
  • Leicester (505 km / 314 mi)
  • Tunbridge Wells (713 km / 443 mi)
  • Wellingborough (568 km / 353 mi)
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our editorial policy.
Fact checked by:
Hannah
This article was reviewed and updated by Hannah, the adventurer behind That Adventurer, a travel blog for active travellers. If you like exploring new places by hiking, biking, kayaking or paddleboarding, then you’ll enjoy That Adventurer’s travel guides. Originally from the UK, Hannah has lived in Canada, Norway and France.

Airport info

Rating
7.4
  • Getting to the airport 8.0
  • Check-in and departures 8.4
  • Terminal facilities 7.2
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.9
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.7
  • Lounge 5.6

Glasgow Airport (GLA)

  • IATA: GLA
  • ICAO: EGPF
  • Name: Glasgow Airport (GLA)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 98,217
  • Passengers (per year): 9,327,193
  • Distance from city: 6.8 miles / 11 km W of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +44 (0)870 040 0008

Top 20 Locations near Glasgow Airport

  1. 0.6 km / 0.4 miles away
  2. 34.7 km / 21.6 miles away
  3. 44.5 km / 27.7 miles away
  4. 55.6 km / 34.6 miles away
  5. 59.8 km / 37.1 miles away
  6. 67.0 km / 41.6 miles away
  7. 172.4 km / 107.1 miles away
  8. 176.1 km / 109.5 miles away
  9. 182.9 km / 113.6 miles away
  10. 185.6 km / 115.3 miles away
  11. 187.2 km / 116.3 miles away
  12. 195.0 km / 121.2 miles away
  13. 277.0 km / 172.1 miles away
  14. Car Rental at Holyhead Port from $58.81 per day
    284.4 km / 176.7 miles away
  15. 293.0 km / 182.0 miles away
  16. 293.4 km / 182.3 miles away
  17. 295.3 km / 183.5 miles away
  18. 306.6 km / 190.5 miles away
  19. 386.6 km / 240.2 miles away
  20. 390.2 km / 242.4 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Glasgow Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Glasgow Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Glasgow Airport
$38.04
January
$28.28
February
$29.76
March
$35.62
April
$48.15
May
$38.75
June
$45.29
July
$51.59
August
$176.52
September
$182.14
October
$183.51
November
$183.51
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Glasgow Airport is February when prices for an Economy class start from $28.28. You can see that this is 67% cheaper than the yearly average and 85% cheaper than renting a car in November (when rental prices start at $183.51 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are just average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most frequent rental length at Glasgow Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in October the average rental period is 7 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 6 days.
Average Rental Length
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
7
October
7
November
7
December

Which is the busiest month for car rental at Glasgow Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Glasgow Airport in July, while they are least likely to to rent in in November.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
100%
January
93%
February
96%
March
108%
April
125%
May
96%
June
143%
July
125%
August
83%
September
84%
October
74%
November
74%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Arnold Clark Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Mercedes Benz Vito 5 3 Vans
Arnold Clark Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars

FAQ

is it possible to return the rental car around 4:30 AM to make an early morning flight?
Yes, it is possible to drop off the car at 4:30 AM for an additional fee. When searching for a car, enter your preferred drop-off time to see what is available (all prices will include the fee making for a simple comparison).
How old do I have to be to rent a car?
The minimum age to rent a vehicle Glasgow is 21. Most rental companies also charge a young driver fee to those under 25.
Will I still have to purchase insurance from the rental company when I arrive or will this be the final price?
Basic coverage is already included in the price. If you accept liability for the excess of this coverage you are not required to purchase any other coverage. You can, however, purchase our Full Coverage, to provide further protection.
Do my driver's license and credit card have to be under the same name?
It is a requirement that the person who signs the rental contract must present both a driver's license and credit card in their name to pick up the car.

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Brazil
Ford Fiesta
November 18, 2022
One of our best road trips ever. Scotland is a must to visit. Beautiful landscapes, amazing people and culture
Canada
Kia Ceed
September 30, 2022
Our trip was mainly to take my father's home to Largs. Connect with family. The restaurants were wonderful.
Netherlands
BMW 1 Series
August 2, 2022
We did a small tour of approximately a week in the Scottish Highlands. We very much enjoyed the driving in our BMW1.
Ireland
Ford Tourneo Custom 7 seater
July 29, 2022
away with family we had an 8 seater it was perfect thanks guys
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
November 18, 2020
Glasgow was better and more photogenic than I assumed. I was staying out of Glasgow and found it more convenient to park at a train station outside and get a train into Glasgow.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
November 14, 2020
Great to rent a car from Glasgow and then drive upwards into the highlands and beyond. Glasgow is a perfect starting point for a Scottish travel adventure away from the cities and into the natural beauty.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
August 29, 2020
We drove direct to Highlands and was one of the most amazing trips in my life. The scenery is incredible, the islands, the people.. having a car is essential to see everything.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
July 29, 2020
did not visit Glasgow, only Greenock and Dunoon visiting
United Kingdom
Skoda Octavia
September 4, 2019
Picking up a rental at Glasgow airport was very easy and convenient - particularly given proximity to the motorway. In terms of places to visit, I'd thoroughly recommend the Science Centre if you have school age kids.
United Kingdom
Hyundai i30
August 13, 2019
Lots to see but spread about. Public transport isn't the best.
United Kingdom
VW Sharan 6+1
March 28, 2019
Pick up very near to airport.
United Kingdom
FIAT 500
December 20, 2018
Hired a car for visiting relatives and a concert at SSE Hydro.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
September 26, 2018
Use an on airport hire company. They are more expensive but more effiicient
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
September 8, 2018
Smooth process, I was on my way in no time. Thanks guys!

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Arnold Clark
9.5 / 10
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
7.58 / 10
Total number of reviews
25
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$67.84
Lowest daily price
$15.51
Total cars available
296

Top 13 Suppliers at Glasgow Airport in 2023

Arnold Clark
Exceptional 9.5 / 35 reviews
+441418478602 / +441418478603
Murray Street, Paisley PA3 1QW
$53 - $146
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:30
Tue:08:00-17:30
Wed:08:00-17:30
Thu:08:00-17:30
Fri:08:00-17:30
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Keddy
Exceptional 9 / 16 reviews
+4403713841079
Car Rental Centre
$24 - $61
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Hertz
Excellent 8.8 / 8 reviews
+4408433093031
St. Andrews Dr W, Glasgow, Paisley PA3 2ST
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 25 reviews
+441418401300 / +441414134000
Glasgow Airport, Car Rental Centre, Paisley PA3 2ST
$62 - $199
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8 / 10 reviews
+441418401300
Glasgow Airport, Car Rental Centre, Paisley PA3 2ST
$62 - $201
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
Avis
Excellent 8.8 / 6 reviews
+4403445446003
St Andrews Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:30
Tue:07:00-22:30
Wed:07:00-22:30
Thu:07:00-22:30
Fri:07:00-22:30
Sat:07:00-22:30
Sun:07:00-22:30
SIXT
Excellent 8.6 / 21 reviews
+442070188246
Glasgow Airport, Car Rental Centre, Paisley PA3 2SW
$56 - $172
National
National
Excellent 8.4
+4401418401300 / +441414134000
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, CAR RENTAL CENTRE
$67 - $217
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.2
08433093031
CAR HIRE BUILDING
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9
+442078621732 / +442078621791
Car Rental Returns Building, St Andrews Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.8
+442038980140 / +442070480573
Pheonix Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Road,
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Easirent
Very good 7.6 / 139 reviews
+441416117100
35 McFarlane Street, Glasgow Airport, Paisley
$16 - $64
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
GreenMotion
Very good 7.6 / 92 reviews
+4401414338268
Green Motion Glasgow airport, Unit 8 Glasgow Airlink Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Road, Paisley
$24 - $108
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
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