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Glasgow International Airportis located 8 miles west of the city's downtown near the town of Paisley,GLA-City Centre connections - Bus
There are several (service 500 from stance 1, from stance 2 service 747) buses that run from the airport to the city centre every day from the stands straight across from the main airport exit (well signposted). Once they get downtown, the airport buses call outside Central Station (for rail connections to the southern parts of the city, and to the south generally), Queen Street Station (for rail connections to Edinburgh and anywhere north) - finishing up at Buchanan Bus Station. The buses also make key stops in the city centre along St. Vincent Street, George Square, and near Blythswood Hill to cater for the large concentration of hotels in this area.
The quickest option is the 500 service which runs up to every 10 minutes and is an express bus utilising the adjacent M8 motorway, it does not stop until it comes off the M8 at Bothwell Street (for Hilton, Marriott and Menzies hotels, although 5-10 min walk required for these hotels) Further stops at the other end of Bothwell St for Central Station and then on to Queen St Station for hotels around George Square such as Carlton George, Millenium and Premier Inn (George St). The journey time is advertised as 20 minutes though at rush hour may be slightly more, the cost is £6, for an extra 50p you can upgrade your ticket that allows onward travel throughout the city on the operators (Firstbus) other services that day, useful if your final destination is beyond the city centre.
The 2nd option is the 747, this however is not an express bus but a regular commutor type bus therefore it has limited operating times i.e. no early morning/late night services and a reduced service on Sundays/Bank Holidays. journey time to Buchanan Bus Station is around 50 minutes as the bus takes a more circuitous route even calling at a large out of town Shopping Centre on the way and there are only 2 per hour. the good thing about this service is it goes through the West End (along Dumbarton Rd and past Kelvingrove onto Sauchiehall St, therefore if your Hotel is in this area then this may sut you better. the cost is £3.75
GLA-City Centre connections - Taxi
Taxis (white cabs) are readily available at the front door of the airport and are reasonable compared to other airports around the World (around £20-22 to the city centre), you can save around 25%-30% if you call one of the many Private Hire Car firms in Glasgow to come and pick you up, however you must call after you reclaim your baggage and you will have to make your way across to the Multi-Storey car park opposite the terminal (3-4 mins walk) and wait on the ground floor at the pay station for your car to come and collect you. Please note that these cars are ordinary Saloon Cars holding only 4 passengers and limited luggage space in the boot (Trunk) so if there are 3-4 persons in your party then with additional hand luggage it might be a tight squeeze. Journey time to the City Centre is around the same as the 500 bus minus the stops in the city centre.
GLA-City Centre connections - Rail
The airport is not on the railway network, however a combined bus-rail ticket which connects to any rail destination in the country, but for getting into the centre of Glasgow it doesn't really compete with the direct bus services in terms of either time or convenience. Its main function is to connect GLA to the rest of Scotland, rather than as a means of getting to Glasgow itself, as a combination of waiting for the bus/train could involve a journey time of up to 45 minutes to the City Centre. The bus runs between the airport and nearby Paisley Gilmour Street station which is on the main line railway network from which it is possible to travel into Glasgow Central (eastbound), or the Ayrshire or Inverclyde coasts (westbound)
Tickets are available at the SPT Travel Information Desk in the domestic arrivals hall. The bus (bound for "Paisley Gilmour Street") is available at the airport bus stands. If making the reverse journey back, simply ask for a rail ticket to "GLASGOW AIRPORT"; the route down to the bus stop is clearly signposted inside Gilmour Street. Show the bus driver the rail ticket - it will be valid to the airport.
The M8 motorway directly connects the airport to the city centre, but it gets very congested at rush hour. Stay on the M8 all the way into the centre of town, and exit at Junction 19 on the Kingston Bridge for the City Centre (it is clearly marked) - this is the best exit for the likes of the Marriott, Hilton or any of the large concentration of hotels in the Anderston or Charing Cross areas. If your hotel accommodation is in the West End (e.g the Crowne Plaza or Hilton Grosvenor), take the exit for the Clyde Tunnel/Southern General which is just three exits along from the airport. Again the tunnel is very busy at rush hour but a far less stressful option than the M8.
Glasgow boasts two main line railway terminals. The larger of the two, Glasgow Central, serves all long-distance routes to England, local commuter services to the southern suburbs and surrounding towns, and the Ayrshire coast (including Prestwick Airport). Glasgow Queen Street, near George Square serves Edinburgh and all destinations north of Glasgow.