Airport Bus Glasgow

Glasgow Airport, formerly known as Abbotsinch Airport, is an international airport in Scotland which serves the area of Glasgow. It is located 11km of Glasgow city centre. After Edinburgh Airport, it’s country’s second and UK’s eighth busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic. In 2016 the airport handled over 9 million passengers.

Airport shuttle: Glasgow Airport Express (First Bus 500) is an official bus service which connects the airport and the city centre in only 15 minutes. It departs from the Stance 1 at the airport.

  • The bus runs every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on Christmas day).
  • The stops from the Glasgow Airport are: Bothwell Street, Hope Street, George Square, North Hanover Station, Buchanan Bus Station
  • The stops from Buchanan Bus Station are: North Hanover Street,  George Square, St Vincent Place, St Vincent Street, Waterloo Street, Glasgow Airport
  • One way ticket costs £8 (return £12).
  • Tickets can be bought on board or online

Public transport: Glasgow Airport is the only airport in Scotland with direct motorway access and is well served by public transport for access to Glasgow city centre and further across Scotland. You can choose between buses or trains.

Bus: Most buses connect the airport with the main Buchanan Street Bus Station in the city centre where bus services from all over the country arrive. The stop is right outside the main terminal building.

  • First 77 Hospital Connect – Glasgow City Centre (via Renfrew, Braehead shopping centre, South Glasgow University Hospital and Partick) from Stance 6
  • McGill’s 757 – Paisley Gilmour Street Train Station from Stance 7
  • Citylink 915 – Skye (via Loch Lomond and Fort William) from Stance 9
  • Stagecoach X24 – Cumbernauld and Fife
  • Citylink 977 – Oban

Train: If you choose the train, the nearest station to Glasgow Airport is Paisley Gilmour Street, just 1.5 km from the terminal and connected by the McGill’s 757 bus service. Tickets to Glasgow Airport can be purchased at any train station in Scotland or via the ScotRail website.

Taxi service: If you want to avoid the hassle of public transport, consider taxing a taxi. There is a taxi rank just outside the Arrivals hall. One way ride costs approximately 18-25€, depending on the taxi company.

Transfer: If you don’t like using the public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child safety seat if you’re travelling with a child.

Renting a car at Glasgow airport: For those of you who would like to reach the city and explore the area on their own, the best option is to rent a car directly at the airport. There are several car rental companies there: Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Hertz, Budget and Dollar. All the information desks are located in the Arrivals hall at the airport. Compare their prices and offers and save time by booking online.

Renting a bus at Glasgow airport: If you’re coming in a larger group of people, consider renting a bus for your journey. Keep in mind to book it in advance, so that the transfer company has enough time to inform you on the meeting point and all other relevant information.

From GLA to Fife: The Stagecoach Express JET Connect travels direct to Fife from stance 9 (stops at Cumbernauld, Kincardine, Dunfermline, Halbeath P&R, Glenrothes, Cupar and St Andrews). A return ticket costs £20.50.

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FAQ – bus and transport from Glasgow airport

Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: No, the city is only a 15min drive away from the airport and the transport system functions very well. You can take the shuttle or some local bus or train since they run 24/7. Taxi and transfer are at your disposal as well.

Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Yes, there are hotels close to the airport. You can check in at Premier Inn only 0.5km from the airport and with a great access the Braehead development, which houses an indoor shopping centre, a leisure centre, a cinema and restaurants. Holiday Inn is even closer, 200m from the terminal building, with amazing continental and Scottish breakfasts served from very early in the morning. Scotia Hotel is within a 1.5km range from the airport and provides comfortable accommodation with free WiFi and free parking.

Q: I would like to visit Glasgow in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Of course, the airport is only 11km away from the city centre and has an efficient public transport system, working 24/7. You can reach the central Glasgow in 15 minutes and you don’t have to worry about making it to your next flight, since there is always some shuttle, bus or train to catch. Also, you can leave your luggage at the airport. Luggage point is located in the main terminal building hall right by the British Airways check in desks, the price list is following:

  • 0-3 hours: £8.50 per item
  • 1 day: £12.50 per item
  • Each additional day: £10.00 per item
  • Week: £50.00 per item

Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, you can exchange your money, but you can also pick up money at the ATM machines, which are located at domestic arrivals, beside Travelex.

Q: I am continuing my journey outside Glasgow. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: From the airport you can go directly to the historic site of Fife, with Stagecoach Express JET Connect, but for more connections you have to reach the Glasgow Central Station and check on your options there.

  20Comments

  1. Hala   •  

    I will arrive to Glasgow airport at 9:30 pm and I want go to Fort William, is there bus at this time from the airport to Fort William? I see the 915 but I don’t see the timetable of it.
    Many thanks

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Hala,

      The bus 915 departs only twice a day – at 10am and at 3pm, so You will have to wait the following day to visit Fort William.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  2. Thomas Ritchie   •  

    Can I use my scottish bus pass on the airport bus service?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Thomas,

      I’m not quite sure about that, You will need to check that directly with the bus service.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  3. Ian   •  

    I need to get to Glasgow Airport for a 4.30am check in. I’m staying in a hotel in Sauchihall st. Can I get a bus at that time. Thanks

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Ian,

      Airport bus shuttle runs 24/7 so there’s no fear of missing Your flight. The closest bus stop is in Pitt Street.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  4. John   •  

    I have a BritRail pass and will be traveling from Glasgow airport to London. Will the pass cover the 757bus portion of the trip?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear John,

      Unfortunately, we do not have that kind of information but I think that BritRail pass covers only train tickets.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  5. Joy   •  

    Hi Melanie, I am flying into Glasgow 7.50pm and staying in Renfrew Street…is there a bus that goes by Hampton Court Guesthouse or must I go to Buchanan Station and taxi from there Thank you for your time

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Joy,

      There’s only one bus from the airport and it is 500 Airport Express, You can check the route map here but You will probably need to exit at Buchanan Station.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  6. Silvia   •  

    I need to be at Glasgow airport at 8am on Sunday, Im staying at Outside Cessnock tube guest house, how can I get there in time, which would be the best stop to take the bus?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Silvia,

      You first need to reach Buchanan Station by subway and then take 500 Express shuttle to Glasgow Airport. First subway train leaves at 6:30am from Govan St. (you should get on train at Cessnock subway stop) and around 6:50 it should arrive at Buchanan. There’s a shuttle bus departing at 7:00 from Buchanan to the airport and each following departure is every 10 minutes.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  7. Bettina   •  

    I arrive at GLA Airport and am headed to Z Motel at 36 North Frederick Street. I am confused about what but to take. Is there more than one type bus called 500?
    How do you pay the driver and do you know the cost?
    Can you inform me on a return when I need to return to the airport fro Z Motel?
    I am not an experienced bus rider and any info is appreciated.

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Bettina,

      I suggest taking 500 Airport Express bus and exit at Dundas Street bus stop and from there you have additional 3-minute walk. More info about bus tickets and how to buy them here.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  8. Bettina   •  

    Melani, I sent you an earlier request but now have my facts straight.
    I will take the bus from GLA airport to 36 North Frederick. What stop will be best for me?
    On return I will need to take the bus from 320 Argyle Street to GLA Airport. What but stop do I need to take? In both cases I assume I need the Airport shuttle bus? Credit card is ok for paying?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Bettina,

      On return I advise getting on the bus at bus stop in North Hannover Street, also 500 Airport Express bus. You can pay contactless on board.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  9. Mao   •  

    I’m leaving from Eurocentral to Glasgow Airport
    Any buses from here?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Mao,

      I’m afraid the best option would be to take 500 Express bus since there are no buses from Eurocentral to Glasgow Airport.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  10. Linda   •  

    hello
    I wonder if their is a bus from Buchanan Street bus station to glasgow airport 7pm on a Saturday 9 March

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Linda,

      Airport bus 500 Express runs regularly every day, on Saturday the first bus departs at 04:30. Then it departs every half hour until 06:30. After that it’s every 15 minutes.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

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