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How to get from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow City Center

Glasgow is a cultural hub located in the Lowlands of Scotland. Made famous for its amazing bars and restaurants, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and thriving music scene, Glasgow is the perfect vacation spot for anyone looking for a cultured and exciting city escape.

There are two ways to travel from Glasgow Airport to the city center; taxi or bus. Both transfer options take around 20 minutes to reach the city center of Glasgow in normal traffic conditions, but taking a Glasgow airport taxi is the only direct option and costs around €55 (£45 GBP). A cheaper option is the public Glasgow Airport Express service 500 bus, which makes multiple stops in the city center and costs €10 (£8.50 GBP) one-way.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €40 20min 24/7
Taxi €55 20min 24/7
Bus €20 25min 05:00–23:00

How to get from Glasgow airport to the city centre by taxi

The only direct way to travel from Glasgow airport to the city center is by taking a private car or Glasgow airport taxi. You can reach the door of your hotel in just 20 minutes and taxis are available 24/7 from the airport.

Cost of a taxi from Glasgow airport to the city center

The local taxi drivers at Glasgow airport don’t have one set price for the journey into Glasgow city center. Instead, you will be charged based on a number of factors, including, the time of day, the number of passengers, the journey time and the vehicle type. However, the average cost of this journey is €55 (£45 GBP).

Cost

€55 (£45 GBP)

Trip Duration

25 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in a advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Glasgow airport.

Where do I get it from?

The taxi rank can easily be found right outside the Terminal exit doors. Look for the long line of cars and walk to the front of the line.

Convenience

If you’re landing late at night or during bad weather, you don’t want to wait in the cold for public transport to arrive or have to battle with the public to secure a seat. Instead, take a private and fast Glasgow airport taxi and make your way directly to your hotel in the city center of Glasgow in comfort.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling in a group of 4 people, taking a taxi and splitting the cost will be around the same price as taking the public transport, but it's much more convenient.

Useful Tips

A standard Glasgow airport taxi can take up to 4 passengers.
If you didn't agree on a price upfront, make sure your driver resets the taximeter to 0000 before you begin your journey.
Tipping your taxi driver in Glasgow isn't expected, but if the service was excellent, you can round up your bill.

How to get from Glasgow airport to the city center by bus

The Glasgow Airport Express service 500 is a modern and comfortable bus service that runs from Glasgow airport to the city center every 30 minutes. It’s a great option for those travelling on a budget as it costs just €10 (£8.50 GBP) for a one-way ticket and takes around 25 minutes to reach Glasgow city center.

How much is the bus from Glasgow airport to the city center?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the Glasgow Airport Express service 500 is €10 (£8.50 GBP) for adults and €5.50 (£4.50 GBP) for children under the age of 14. You can purchase your tickets from the driver on the bus, online in advance or from the First Bus app.

Cost

€10 (£8.50 GBP)

Trip Duration

There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the Glasgow Airport Express service 500.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Glasgow Airport Express service 500 runs from 05:00 to 23:00 daily.

Where do I get it from?

The Glasgow Airport Express service 500 bus from Glasgow airport to the city center leaves from Stand 1 just outside of the arrivals hall exit doors. Look for a large, purple double-decker bus.

Convenience

The Glasgow Airport Express service 500 is actually quite a luxury bus service compared to many other cities. They offer spacious seats, free WiFi, flight alerts and quick transfer times. However, they do make a few stops in the city center of Glasgow and you will need to take alternate transportation from the bus stop to your hotel once in the city.

Editor’s Note

Although taking the Glasgow Airport Express service 500 is a good budget transfer option when it comes to travel from Glasgow airport to the city center, if you're travelling in a group, the price quickly ads up. In this case, I suggest splitting the cost of a private taxi instead.

Useful Tips

You can purchase your tickets from the driver in cash or by card.
Be sure to arrive 10 minutes before the bus leaves to get a seat.
There's ample luggage storage on the bus.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Glasgow. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

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Prices

DAYTIME
€40.0
NIGHTTIME
€48.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Frequently asked questions

How much does a Glasgow airport to city centre taxi cost?

The taxis at the airport don’t offer an official set-rate fare; they will charge you depending on the time of day, number of travellers and the time it takes to reach your destination. The average cost for a taxi from Glasgow Airport to the city center is around €55 (£45 GBP). If you’d prefer the peace of mind of a set-rate fare you can count on, we suggest booking your Glasgow Airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

How do you get from Glasgow airport to the city centre?

There are two ways to get from Glasgow Airport to the city center, taxi or bus. Taking a Glasgow airport taxi takes 20 minutes to reach the city and costs €55 (£45 GBP), whereas, the public Glasgow Airport Express service 500 takes 25 minutes but costs just €10 (£8.50 GBP).

How far is the journey from Glasgow airport to the city centre?

The distance between Glasgow Airport and Glasgow city center is 14.5 km. Taking a Glasgow airport taxi shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes to reach the city and the Glasgow Airport Express service 500 bus takes around 25 minutes, depending on traffic.

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