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Getting from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Glasgow City Center

Glasgow is the largest and most bustling city in Scotland. Nestled in the lower Clyde valley, Glasgow is famous for its extensive shopping scene, amazing live music, local delicacies and great architecture. If you’re looking for a vacation spot to shop ’till you drop, experience Scottish history or simply enjoy a large city, Glasgow is the place for you.

You have three different transfer options from Prestwick airport to Glasgow city centre; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Prestwick airport taxi is the most convenient option as it takes just 50 minutes to reach Glasgow. Another fast transfer option is to take the ScotRail train into Glasgow Central Station. The train takes just 50 minutes and costs €6.50 (£5.25 GBP) one-way, making it the cheapest transfer option. Your final option is to take the X77 bus from Prestwick to Glasgow, however, there’s no direct bus from the airport, so you will need to walk to the bus station first. The total journey time on the bus is around 70 minutes and the cost is €8 (£6.50 GBP) one-way.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
€71 50min 24/7
Taxi €89 50min 24/7
Bus €16 70min 06:15–21:55
Train €13 50min 05:20–23:07

How to get from Prestwick airport to Glasgow by taxi

Glasgow Prestwick is the secondary airport servicing the city of Glasgow and it lies 32 miles away from Glasgow city centre. Taking a Prestwick airport taxi or private hire car is the only way to travel directly from Prestwick airport to the door of your hotel quickly and comfortably. The total journey time is just 50 minutes and the cost is around €89 (£74 GBP).

How much is a taxi from Prestwick airport to Glasgow?

The local drivers will use a taximeter to calculate the fare of your journey from Prestwick to Glasgow, along with a few other factors. The average cost is €89 (£74 GBP), however, this cost can change depending on the length of your journey, the time of day and the type of vehicle you choose.

Cost

€89 (£74 GBP)

Trip Duration

70 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Where do I get it from?

Taxis are readily available just outside of the arrivals hall exit doors at the taxi rank.

Convenience

As taking a taxi is the only way to get to your hotel in Glasgow without having to make a change in the city center. You can relax during your journey knowing your loved ones and personal belongings are safe inside your private car.

Editor’s Note

To get an even better rate for your Prestwick airport transfer, you can book in advance with a trusted company like Welcome Pickups

Useful Tips

Ensure your driver sets the taximeter to 0000 before you begin your journey.
You can fit up to 4 people inside a standard Prestwick airport taxi.
To ensure your driver is heading the shortest route, you can check your journey on a GPS service such as GoogleMaps.

How to get from Prestwick airport to Glasgow by bus

Unfortunately, there’s no direct bus service from Prestwick airport to Glasgow city centre, you will need to walk to the highway outside the airport and take the X77 Stagecoach bus from there. The walk will take around 5 minutes and the total journey time is around 70 minutes, depending on traffic.

How much is the bus from Prestwick to Glasgow?

The cost of a one-way ticket for the X77 bus from Prestwick airport to Glasgow is €8 (£6.50 GBP). You can purchase your tickets online in advance or from the driver on the bus.

Cost

€8 (£6.50 GBP)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 1 hour for the X77 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The X77 Stagecoach bus runs from 06:15 to 21:55.

Where do I get it from?

Unfortunately, this bus route doesn’t stop directly inside Prestwick airport; you will need to walk to bus stop A79 Opp Prestwick Airport on the highway outside of the airport. To get there, walk around the Pickup & Drop off parking, head right around the roundabout, and then walk along the A79 highway for a minute to the right. You will see the A79 Opp Prestwick Airport bus stop on the left-hand side of the highway.

Convenience

As there’s no bus that leaves from inside Glasgow Prestwick airport, taking the bus into Glasgow isn’t very convenient. You will need to walk along the busy highway with your luggage and then when you get to Glasgow city center, you’ll need to find alternate transport to get to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Although the X77 bus is a cheap transfer option from Prestwick to Glasgow, we recommend choosing to take the train instead. The train is more convenient, frequent and just as affordable.

Useful Tips

There's limited storage space on the bus, be sure to travel light.
You can pay by cash or on your card with the driver on the bus.
The service is less frequent mid-morning.

How to get from Prestwick airport to Glasgow by train

Taking the train is a cheap and fast way to get from Prestwick airport to Glasgow city center. It takes just 50 minutes to reach Glasgow Central Station and costs as little as €6.50 (£5.25 GBP) one-way.

How much is the train from Prestwick to Glasgow?

The cost of a one-way ticket for the ScotRail train from Prestwick airport to Glasgow starts at €6.50 (£5.25 GBP). This price may change if you’re travelling during peak hours. You can purchase your tickets at the train station at Prestwick airport or online in advance.

Cost

€6.50 (£5.25 GBP)

Trip Duration

*There's a waiting time of up to 15 minutes for the train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The train from Prestwick airport to Glasgow runs from 05:20 to 23:07.

Where do I get it from?

Glasgow Prestwick airport is the only airport in Scotland that has a train station. Simply follow the signs, walk along the covered walkway to the station and look at the timetable board to see which platform your ScotRail train is leaving from.

Convenience

Taking the ScotRail train is a quick, easy and affordable way to get from Prestwick airport to Glasgow. However, the train doesn’t run after 23:00, so if you land at night you will need to take alternate transport into the city. Plus, you will need to carry your luggage with you through two train stations, which can be uncomfortable and stressful.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling on a budget, the train is not only the cheapest transfer option, but it's also one of the fastest. I suggest taking the train if you're looking to save money on your Prestwick airport transfer.

Useful Tips

Make sure you arrive at least 5 minutes before the train leaves to secure a seat.
There are small luggage racks located at the end of each carriage.
You can save money if your purchase your train tickets online in advance.

Frequently asked questions

How far is prestwick airport from Glasgow?

Prestwick airport is located 58 km from Glasgow city center. To take a airport taxi from Prestwick airport to Glasgow, it will take around 50 minutes. If you’d prefer to use public transport, the ScotRail train takes 50 minutes and the X77 bus takes around 70 minutes to reach Glasgow.

How much is a taxi from Prestwick airport to Glasgow?

The local drivers found at the taxi rank at Prestwick airport don’t charge a set-rate fare for the journey into Glasgow city center. Instead, you will be charged using a taximeter. The average cost is €89 (£74 GBP), but this could increase if you travel at night, during rush hour, or have more than 4 passengers. To secure a set-rate fare at a great price, we recommend booking your Prestwick airport transfer with Welcome Pickups in advance.

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