Scotland’s biggest city is a travel gateway, and many people begin their visit at the bustling Glasgow International Airport. There are numerous rental companies and a huge range of vehicles on offer, giving you the freedom to head out into the city and beyond. Don't rely on public transport - roam as you like in beautiful Scotland.
Compare Glasgow Airport car rental
Airport Rentals make it easy to plan your vehicle hire from Glasgow Airport. The search engine takes your specifications and draws upon a wide range of companies, operating both in the terminals and off-site, so your options are varied and plentiful. The simple list format makes it easy to compare and choose the ideal vehicle, with pictures, reviews, price details, car features and more visible at a glance. Whether your travel is business or pleasure, we can deliver the perfect car for you.
Filters make the job even easier. Pare the list down with categories specifying number of passengers, transmission type, pick-up method and more, or combine a few to narrow it down to your top picks.
Find the best Glasgow Airport car hire deal
Your search results are listed by price, so check the top of the page for the cheapest car rental rates. Airport Rentals has a team working continuously with suppliers to get the best prices for our customers, and our global buying power means we can offer some of the most cost-effective deals online. In addition, you will find on the front page a variety of special offers for an added discount or extra bonus – these are updated regularly.
Get moving in Glasgow and beyond
A car hire from Glasgow Airport opens up many opportunities to explore the natural charms of Scotland. Start in the city, which has plenty of character. The architecture is one of Glasgow’s best features, so be sure to visit Glasgow Cathedral, City Chambers, Glasgow Cross and Central Station for amazing Victorian and Edwardian stonework.
A must-do, the Highlands of the north
Edinburgh is a short drive from Glasgow, another stunning city with incredible history and architecture. Head north to see Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen, and south to visit the many cities of northern England. For something a little more wild and scenic, get off the main highways and head into the Highlands. The evocative landscapes, charming villages and open spaces make an unforgettable road trip. Don’t forget to visit a whiskey distillery, and dine in a pub or two along the way for hearty Scottish fare.
Take to the road in your Glasgow Airport car hire and explore at your own pace! Remember to stay left on the roads and stick to the speed limits. UK Country lanes can be very narrow, so drive slowly and keep a lookout for oncoming vehicles.
Hit the road from Glasgow Airport with a rental car
Genuine, gritty Glasgow is a fabulous Scottish destination, a centre of tourism, culture and commerce born from the industrial powerhouse of the UK. Inside the city you will find spectacular architecture, fascinating history, live music, art galleries, parks and museums along with some of the nation’s best shopping. Head out and you will soon be amongst the many natural delights including nearby Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the Highlands beyond. Even in the winter, Scotland is truly spectacular.
It’s not far to drive to any of Scotland’s other cities, including the beautiful Edinburgh. A short jaunt south will see you in the North of England, where you can visit the Geordies in Newcastle, explore Yorkshire from Leeds or gaze upon the Irish Sea from Liverpool. In fact, most of the UK is available to you with a car hire from Glasgow, so pack for a road trip and enjoy this amazing and varied country.
Booking a Glasgow car hire
There’s no need to spend hours online looking for the perfect rental car. Airport Rentals can do all the work for you in no time at all, serving up a list of options from a range of great local and international brands with just a few clicks. Not only do we offer convenience but also the best prices you’ll find online, so there’s no need to worry about bargain hunting either.
To find your Glasgow Airport car hire, just enter a few details into the search panel and wait for your results. The array of available vehicles can be overwhelming, so thin them out a bit with the handy filters. From there it’s easy to compare the options with all relevant information on one page, and choose the car that suits you and your plans.
Glasgow Airport (GLA)
This international airport is a big one, with many millions of passengers passing through each year. Many airlines offer flights to and from Glasgow Airport, to destinations within the UK, around Europe and as far away as North America.
Inside the two-storey terminal is plenty of opportunity for shopping and dining, from bars to casual cafés and sportswear to convenience stores. Airport visitors can use one hour of free WiFi, and attend to money matters at the ATMs and Travelex currency exchange outlet. Car hire counters are located near the domestic arrivals area.
Guide to driving in Glasgow
Driving from Glasgow Airport to central Glasgow
It’s a distance of around 9 miles between Glasgow and its airport, and the drive will take 15-20 minutes in good traffic conditions. Get on the M8 heading east towards the city, and after crossing the River Clyde take exit 18 to turn left onto Pitt Street. Turn right when you reach the intersection with W George Street, and then go left on W Nile Street to find yourself in central Glasgow.
Driving tips for your Glasgow car hire
We recommend adding a GPS to your car hire to help you navigate Glasgow and its maze of streets and lanes! In the city, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour, with 40 miles per hour permitted on some roads.
Scotland driving tips
● Traffic moves on the left-hand side of the road in Scotland - give yourself time to get used to it if you drive on the right at home.
● In Scotland, the blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers is 0.05%, while in England and Wales it is 0.05%.
● There are no toll roads in Scotland, but you may come across some in the rest of the UK.
● While the motorways are wide, country roads and village lanes can be a tight squeeze. Go slow and be prepared to pull over to allow others to pass.
Parking options at Glasgow Airport and Glasgow city centre
At the airport, you will find Long Stay, Short Stay and Pick Up and Drop Off options for parking. The Pick up and Drop Off lot costs £2 for ten minutes, and up to £30 for an hour. The Short Stay lot ranges from £6 an hour to £52 for 48 hours, while the Long Stay lot starts at £23 per day. You can book parking on the airport’s website.
There are many parking garages in Glasgow, great for all-day parking with reasonable daily rates. On-street parking is metered in the city centre, and it also often has a two-hour limit.