Glasgow International Airport serves the bustling city of Glasgow, capital of Scotland. It is one of busiest airports in the country (and in the United Kingdom), handling more than 7 million passengers yearly, and offers flights to more than 90 destinations globally. Operational from the 1930s, Glasgow International Airport sports 2 terminals, one called the Main Terminal – that comes with a set of concourses where the boarding gates are located – and the other named Terminal 2, used mainly by low-cost airlines. The airport can accommodate more than 30 airlines and comes well-equipped with facilities for a comfortable layover, including plenty of food and beverage outlets, currency exchangers, smoking areas, meeting rooms, prayer rooms and much more.
Glasgow International Airport is located about 11 kilometres from the heart of Glasgow, and can be reached in about 20-30 minutes by car. Those wanting to drive into the city may rent a vehicle at one of the numerous car rental agencies located around the domestic arrivals section of the airport; if not, public buses and taxis are also readily available just outside the airport terminal.
Those on a budget may choose to take public buses by Fairline or Citylink heading to Glasgow’s city centre (which shouldn’t cost more than £10), with a journey time of about half an hour. Otherwise, taxis can be found at the taxi ranks just in front of the airport terminal – a ride into town should not cost much more than £19, and take about 20 minutes (depending on traffic conditions).
Rail services are currently not available from Glasgow International Airport to the city, but passengers can take a bus or taxi to nearby Paisley’s Gilmour Street railway station (about 2 miles from the airport) for a train to Glasgow Central.
What to see and do
Glasgow – largest city in Scotland – has been around since the Stone Age, but is today nothing short of a hip, happening, bustling metropolis with a population of more than 500,000. Named European Capital of Culture in 1995 and also Scotland’s unofficial Style Capital, Glasgow is full of amazing architecture, boasts a happening music and art scene, and is also considered one of the safest cities in the world. Once a part of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for tourists, Glasgow offers the perfect fusion between natural and man-made attractions for the modern tourist, with rolling hills and clear blue lochs set next to top museums, galleries, cathedrals, concert halls and more.
If in this amazing capital city don’t miss a visit to the iconic Glasgow Cathedral, one of the country’s most magnificent pieces of architecture. Having been around since the 15th century, Glasgow Cathedral was built in the ancient Gothic style and exudes a timeless, ethereal charm with its stained-glass windows, high arched roofs, stone screens, tall spires, underground tomb of St. Mungo (patron saint of Glasgow) and much more.
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